Auguste Dupin is generally acknowledged as the first detective in fiction and served as the prototype for many that were created later, including Holmes. Where was the detective story until Poe breathed the breath of life into it?
A discovery of India via Conan Doyle: Jul 09, The creator of Sherlock Holmes was steadfast in his defence of George Edalji, a young English solicitor who was the son of a Parsi-turned-Christian vicar and an Englishwoman. The young George had been falsely accused and convicted of horse and cattle mutilation.
Doyle backed Edalji in a series of newspaper articles; he also wrote a pamphlet in his defence. Life of Arthur Conan Doyle, gives Doyle the benefit of doubt. Not all observers of the colonial scene, however, wrote thus. The novels of Doyle come with this baggage.
This is classic 19th -century race theory translated into fiction. Doyle also suffers from other shortcomings. He had no first-hand experience of India. His bias towards people of colour is apparent in On the Slave Coast, an article that he wrote on his trip to West Africa.
My own experience is that you abhor them on first meeting them, and gradually learn to dislike them a very great deal more as you become better acquainted with them.
InAndrew Lang, the British polymath journalist, criticised Doyle for the portrayal of Tonga in an article. And people from Andaman are not all shorter than four feet; they do not use poison as a weapon or use blow-pipes as readers are told by Doyle.
Interestingly, many of his famous criminals have connections to India. Jonathan Small The Sign of Four lost a leg to a crocodile while swimming the Ganga; he was liberal with the whip and insults at an indigo plantation.
The snake becomes an instrument of colonial retribution, revisiting on its master not only the violence he intended against his family, but also that perpetrated on the colonial subject, both literal Roylott beat his native butler to death in Calcutta, but escaped being sentenced and symbolic the practice of colonialism itself.
But which side Doyle was on is still a question. Was the focus on this aspect a critique by Doyle or was he being racist?
And yet, the needle of suspicion in this story is on the young Daulat. Doyle, no doubt, was aware of the profiling. Debkumar Mitra is a Kolkata-based writer and an editor of Longform, an anthology of graphic narratives.
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