In the post-'Mutiny' period, the British administrators remained highly suspicious of the Indian populace. However, attempts were also made to bridge the gap between the British Raj and the 'persistently belligerent class' described as a 'source of permanent danger to the Indian Empire'. W.W. Hunter's book, written over a century ago, is a fascinating account of the possible causes behind the rising fanaticism among a section of Indian Muslims. Hunter argues in his book that the education and persuasion of Muslims was a better option for the British as 'a death in the cause of religion has in all ages sufficed to illuminate a life of infamy.'
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Sir William Wilson Hunter KCSI CIE (15 July 1840 – 6 February 1900) was a Scottish historian, statistician, a compiler and a member of the Indian Civil Service. He is most known for The Imperial Gazetteer of India on which he started working in 1869, and which was eventually published in nine volumes in 1881 and later as a twenty-six volume set after his death. In response to Mayo's question on 30 May 1871 of whether the Indian Muslims are "bound by their religion to rebel against the Queen" Hunter completed his influential work The Indian Musalmans in mid-June 1871 and later published it as a book in mid-August of the same year.
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