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I have just finished reading a very great book titled INVADING THE SACRED—An Analysis of Hinduism Studies in America edited by Krishnan Ramaswamy, ...


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satay
17 July 2007, 10:11 AM
In this context I am reminded of the three important British statements and views made on India in the British House of Commons in 1813 during the debate on the Christianization of India by Mr. William Wilberforce (1759-1833) and Mr James Mill (1773-1836) and by Mr Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-1859) in the House of Commons in 1843. All of them subscribed to the belief of the great inferiority of India as a Civilization and treated it as degraded, sunk in superstition and wretchedness. They condemned everything Indian, manners, beliefs, religious systems and philosophies, Indian art and architecture, the manner in which Indian Society was organized in Communities and Jathis, and thought that its fine manufactures would only be the creation of effeminate beings. In brief for them India knew neither manliness, nor the great European Art of War. For all three of them and certainly for James Mill, the people of India could be compared only with the indigenous people of the Americas (Red Indians). For all of them if most of the people of India were to disappear (to be exterminated!!) like the Red Indians of America did, it would have been no loss and perhaps a great good.



The editors / authors of this book show that while generations of Indian intellectuals have accepted the above British Colonial lopsided descriptions as more or less true, the future generations in India will not be so accommodating and yet at the same time they will also never fail to test these answers for their truth. Anyone can say this with confidence because more and more people in India are gradually moving towards this kind of research based upon honest intellectual curiosity and critical inquiry.


namaste bot,

Future generations have two choices 1. be exterminated or 2. learn about everything Indian and stand up for it.