“I perceived in this moment that when the white man turns tyrant it is his own freedom that he destroys. He becomes a sort of hollow, posing dummy, the conventionalised figure of a sahib.” – George Orwell
This paragraph conjures up the image of the “Great and Powerful Oz”, who sustained his power by fooling the masses into believing he was a masterful wizard. Make no mistake, the British Empire definitively possessed the firepower to destroy anyone who opposed them, but one cannot rule a dead population. Ghandi proved that the people needed to co-operate with their rulers in order for the tyrants to be successful. If that co-operation is removed and fear no longer inspires compliance, the wheels cease turning and the system may well collapse. The rulers consistently need to impress their own necessity and brilliance into the minds of the population in order to maintain respect. In the end most power is simply artful deception that would crumble if the people actually realised their combined strength. As a leader it is better to be loved than feared, but instilling awe into the hearts of one’s subjects will do the trick nicely.