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What is your view about the British rule in India?
The British ruled our country for about 200 years. We have learnt about them in our history lessons, also heard ancestral stories. I guess by know we have a mind of our own to think about what happened in the past.
What effect it had/has on our society? Do you think we gained something or we are at the losing end?
It was obviously sad since so many lives were lost and there were some dictator generals whom we can never forgive for their deeds. But when I look back somehow, I view the British Rule as a blessing too.
I know many of you would disagree, but I have my reasons to stand by.
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Thanks Aparna, for your response.
Today India is a secular country with a majority of Hindus. I am not against any religious belief and I too wish that all live in harmony.(Live and let live) When British invaded India the Muslim kings and empirors ruled major parts India. The Hindu kings ruled in small provinces. Had the British not captured and united the whole of India(as today) do you think India would have survived. Today we morn for Pakisthan and Bangladesh,I wonder had British not been there would India have existed as a single state? Do you know that before the British Empire came in Bengal, king Sirajuddulah ordered to kill thousands of Hindus in order to establish a Muslim state. I wonder had British not invaded India the Hindus would have been wiped out from this country. Instead of India as a single country we would have witnessed multiple small countries always fighting with each other.
British has a huge contribution to our education system apart from rail-road system. It built schools and colleges, and also industries in our pre-dominantly agriculture based land. There was lot of influence of the west on our leaders and the revolutionists. Introduced the middle-class culture. It helped to us see the world, get rid of evil customs and practices.
We surely should remember the sacrifice and the death of innocents, but in this world revolution always begets life. It's Gandhi who showed a different picture to the world. I don't commend the British Rule, it was India's fate. But certainly in my view had positive effects too.
It's been just 50-60 yrs after independence, and we still have that feeling of rage(anti-British) inside us and it should be there. But I am sure oneday history will tell the truth.
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3. They never tried to desroy our great cultural
heritage.Look at Latin America ,whose culture and language were
exterminated by spaniards.They never laid their hands on any
temple. In fact they did encourage our cultures.
4. They have given us english,which engraved the ideas of free speech and democracy in our minds.
5. They invested heavily in railways.Look at the statistics and the amount ofnew railway lines we have added after our independence.It is just pathetic!!!!
6.They did not try to rub christianity on our heads.Look at Goa ,a portugese colony.It is largely a christian community with no resemblance to rest of the country.Well as most importantly, we got to see people like Gandhi arise.
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