Rizwan Raunaq Rao

Rizwan Raunaq Rao

The writer is an assistant professor in Islamabad and tweets @RizwanRaunaq

Sorry Kipling, but we are not your burden

What was once hailed as a tribute or even a sort of egging on of imperialism by Rudyard Kipling in his poem of colonial days, “The White Man’s Burden” is now something that can barely be acknowledged as a distant truth. The coronavirus, it seems, has exposed all the nations for what they are truly worth and it has shattered the delusions of many. Is this the burden and duty, Kipling was talking about? Are their sons ready now to come out of their homes on exile, to want in heavy harness and to teach the sullen half devil ...

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