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

William Digby

William Digby was a journalist based in Madras during the Great Madras Famine of 1876-1878. He opposed the policies of the British administration at the time, singling out Sir Richard Temple for taking a laissez-faire approach that might have greatly contributed to the famine's death toll. 

In 1878, Digby published a two-volume book called The Famine Campaign in Southern India, a highly detailed and hugely influential account of the Madras famine. For his work, Digby was named a Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire in 1878. 

After returning to England, Digby was closely involved with liberal politics and specifically with the growing Indian nationalist movement. 

See an extract from The Famine Campaign in Southern India here.

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