ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Portrait of a Nationalist

which the British had attempted to prune and curb into constitutional order but which continually broke out in a tropical exuberance of growth. Sympathetic commentators like Morris- Jones argued that, under the unfamiliar appearance of things, familiar political virtues like competition and stability could be discerned. Less sympathetic observers prophsied imminent collapse. In both cases the country was rated according to Western standards, and political development, stability and the establishment of 'legitimate' government were considered the most important needs of the country. Moreover, the presence or absence of these qualities was judged by fairly simple criteria.

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