The Kiplings and India: A Collection of Writings from British India, 1870-1900

Ilbert Bill

The Ilbert Bill was introduced in 1883 for British India by Viceroy Ripon. It proposed amending existing laws to allow Indian judges and magistrates the jurisdiction to try British offenders in criminal cases at the district level. The law provoked an outrage amongst the Anglo-Indian community. The bill was introduced shortly after Rudyard Kipling returned to India, and left a substantial mark on his sense of race-relations in British India.

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