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Muslims filled the top positions in much of India during the Mughal Dynasty. As European influence and trade increased, however, the Muslim empires and kingdoms weakened substantially. Upper-caste Hindus began to have their children educated in Western schools, and, while relatively few Hindus had the chance to travel to Europe, many started to affect English ways and attitudes. The same cannot be said for Indian Muslims, who generally resisted Western influence on their lives and customs, but who were often more able to travel (unlike Hindus, they had no religious prohibitions against foreign travel).
One of the first educated Indians to travel to Europe was Abu Taleb. Born in 1752, Abu Taleb served the Mughal government for much of his early life, and, after retiring, spent three years in Europe. When he returned to Calcutta, he wrote The Travels of Mirza Abu Taleb Khan. Written in Persian for his Muslim audience, the book illustrates Abu Taleb's interest in English ways and life, but also displays the attitudes between the English and Indian Muslims.
Source: Abu Taleb, "The Travels of Mirza Abu Taleb Khan," in Sources of Indian Tradition, ed. Theodore de Bary (New York: Columbia University Press, 1958), pp. 561-5.