It was in 1792 that Charles Grant, an ex-employee of the East India Company observed in one of his treatises that “the true cure of darkness is the introduction of light. “Mr. Grant advocated that Great Britain should effect a regeneration of India through the imposition of Christianity, English language and literature, and by means of Western mechanical science including “the skilful application of fire, of water, and of steam.” He also considered it necessary that the Company should encourage educational and missionary work for achieving that end. Mr. Grant urged Wilberforce, the famous philanthropist, to support his views, which he did through a resolution. Thus, Mr. Grant was the first Englishman who anticipated Macaulay.

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