Religion and Culture

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The first attempt at a nation-wide census was in 1871.  While counting of the population was carried out in various provinces in past years, the census of 1871 was the largest categorization of the region at the time.  The census found that 79% of the population was comprised of Hindus, and just over 10% being Muslim.  Thus, the religious composition of Bombay was profoundly different than that of Great Britain (Waterfield, 5).

Passepartout, however, thinking no harm, went in like
a simple tourist, and was soon lost in admiration of the
splendid Brahmin ornamentation which everywhere met
his eyes, when of a sudden he found himself sprawling on
the sacred flagging” (Jules Verne, 59).

While Verne is references the culture of Bombay, he fails to capture the details of the people, opting instead to have the narrative take place in the establishments of Western civilization, such as the train station and law offices.  While not directly taking the eurocentric viewpoint, he fails to incorporate the different cultures and accomplishments of the Indian people into the story.  Instead, he creates a narrative centered around European accomplishments while framing them as more important than the accomplishments of the Indian people.