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‌Degeneracy is a prominent theme of Gold’s book. The text which accompanies this image explains that traditionally dubashes were high-born educated stewards but that they had degenerated into cheats who attached themselves to “conniving Europeans”. He describes them further by paraphrasing the notorious General Hector Munro, who, when fighting against the Scottish rebellion of Bonnie Prince Charley in 1745, referred to kilt-wearing Highlanders as ‘husseys with whiskers’. (In India Munro executed mutinous native soldiers by strapping them to the end of canon and blasting them to pieces.) (Next)