This chapter explores British Indophobia or the claim of British indifferent toward India. It explains that in the decades following the conquest of Bengal, there was a significant sector of British opinion which found in Indian culture a deep and appealing wisdom. The chapter provides evidence for the existence of British enthusiasm for India beginning in the 1760s and continuing into the early nineteenth century, and argues that Indophobia was a deliberate attack upon the built-up structure of a prior Indomania. It also discusses the ramifications of Indomania, including interest in the Sanskrit language and in ancient Indian geographical knowledge of Egypt.
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