Attempt a critical analysis of the story ‘A Mother in India.’

Rudyard Kipling’s definition of a memsahib as &frivolous, vain, flirtatious, adulteress, heartless with a weakness for handsome subalterns had created quite a furore among the Anglo-Indian mother women. Maud Diver made a passionate plea for a redefinition of the memsahib as she was a helpless victim of adverse Indian circumstances who deserved sympathy, understanding and pity rather than scorn.

She felt that ‘random assertions’ made by Kipling and his followers about the lower moral standards of the memsahibs were ‘unjust and untrue’.

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