Civic Education Policy of Travancore: Rereading a Letter

This paper is a theoretical analysis of a letter written by the missionaries of Travancore to the British Resident in 1822, which explained the condition of Christianity in the region and the progress of education as well as the policies adopted for educational and religious transmission. It is a pertinent document to analyze the early modernity in the region and of how modern educational policies had its genesis in colonial-missionary backdrop. While the letter is concerned about the success of Christian missions in upbringing a generation with civic policies in central Travancore, the concern for Christianity is also evident in the document. Such reporting represents the connections between colonial administrators and missionaries, and shows the larger interconnections of power, religion and civic policy.