What are thoese two men's social works for the people of Kafiristan in The Man Who Would be King?

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One of the services that Carnehan and Dravot offer Kafiristan is military training so they can “vanquish” their enemies.

Dravot seemed to realize that the people in Kafiristan were always fighting their neighbors.  He decided this would be an easy way to get over on them, because Dravot and Carnehan had military training and would be able to teach them things.

We shall go to those parts and say to any King we find, 'D' you want to vanquish your foes?' and we will show him how to drill men; for that we know better than anything else. 

Of course, Dravot and Carnehan did not want to improve the military skills of their new “subjects” just as a social service.  They were hoping that by vanquishing their new people’s foes they would be seen as gods by the lesser people of the tribe, and then they could establish themselves as kings.

Although the plan works well at first, it does backfire when the two men do not prove to be gods.  Not everyone is taken in, as the people are not as stupid as they had thought.  The villagers kill Dravot and seriously injure Carnehan.  Ultimately, the two men really did nothing for the country.

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