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Pradarshak

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Posted: 20 October 2006 at 10:58am | IP Logged
That was my view. I also used to have all anti-British feeling till I thought it over with time. I never said that Britsh rule was all goody-goody to us, yes of course we suffered. Agree or disagree, there were some boon hidden in the curse on us.

I am tired of debating on this topic. There was another topic started by SOWMYAA something like "Should cultural treasures be returned" where I did lot of talking(if Sowmyaa can please find it) on this topic.

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Posted: 20 October 2006 at 11:30am | IP Logged

I have recently came across this information written by Dadabhai Naoroji. I am an ordinary person and my views might not appeal to all. But I hope when this man who was also known as "Grand old man of India" and was also a mentor to Gandhi said something there must be some weight in it. He lived the era we are talking about and was well aware of the social-political scenario.

No Indian can ever forgive the foreigners who came to our country and made their luck out of our country, losing our wealth and life. I heard stories from my parents how they lost their closed ones and their wealth and land due to formation of Bangladesh and in '71 war(that's also cause of partition). Hindus came here(India) and started their life from the scratch. The wound in us is still fresh, the detriments may outway the benefits. But may be one day we will acknowledge(even in a small proportion) and history would tell us that it did serve little good.

Modern History Sourcebook:
Dadabhai Naoroji:
The Benefits of British Rule, 1871

The Benefits of British Rule for India:
In the Cause of Humanity: Abolition of suttee and infanticide. Destruction of Dacoits, Thugs, Pindarees, and other such pests of Indian society. Allowing remarriage of Hindu widows, and charitable aid in time of famine. Glorious work all this, of which any nation may well be proud, and such as has not fallen to the lot of any people in the history of mankind.


In the Cause of Civilization: Education, both male and female. Though yet only partial, an inestimable blessing as far as it has gone, and leading gradually to the destruction of superstition, and many moral and social evils. Resuscitation of India's own noble literature, modified and refined by the enlightenment of the West.


Politically: Peace and order. Freedom of speech and liberty of the press. Higher political knowledge and aspirations. Improvement of government in the native states. Security of life and property. Freedom from oppression caused by the caprice or greed of despotic rulers, and from devastation by war. Equal justice between man and man (sometimes vitiated by partiality to Europeans). Services of highly educated administrators, who have achieved the above-mentioned results.


Materially: Loans for railways and irrigation. Development of a few valuable products, such as indigo, tea, coffee, silk, etc. Increase of exports. Telegraphs.


Generally: A slowly growing desire of late to treat India equitably, and as a country held in trust. Good intentions. No nation on the face of the earth has ever had the opportunity of achieving such a glorious work as this. I hope in the credit side of the account I have done no injustice, and if I have omitted any item which anyone may think of importance, I shall have the greatest pleasure in inserting it. I appreciate, and so do my countrymen, what England has done for India, and I know that it is only in British hands that her regeneration can be accomplished.





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WOW in Dm freshers like me are getting wonderful topics to answer.
Will reply befor monday!!
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Originally posted by mythili_Kiran

WOW in Dm freshers like me are getting wonderful topics to answer.
Will reply befor monday!!
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still waiting for you Mythili! Tongue

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Posted: 22 February 2007 at 11:49am | IP Logged
Originally posted by Pradarshak

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?

We gained some and lost too much. The only positive thing which I can think of right now is the renaisance of scientific thinking which the Indians had forgotten under the conservative and dogmatic rule of the Muslim invaders. As for other things like the arrival of locomotives and all, if India were a free country it would have happened anyway at that time, e.g. just take a look at Japan at that time. The fact is that India has been never totally free after 1100 AD. It was just that India passed from the Muslim invaders to the British invaders.

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.

Every incident in our life has some valuable lessons for us but that doesn't make all of them a blessing.

I know many of you would disagree, but I have my reasons to stand by. 

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Posted: 22 February 2007 at 1:44pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by Pradarshak

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 haven't heard any such charges against Siraj-ud-daullah.

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. 

If you think the British built schools and colleges to help Indians, you're mistaken, they did that to help themselves. The institutions served both for the British who were stationed in India and some Indians who wished to serve in the British Administration in India. If you consider spreading of education, just check out what the Japanese did in Taiwan against the figures of India under theBritish.

As for industries, they were solely for Britain and the Indians did not benefit one bit from that.

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.

This I've already admitted that with the British came a resurgence in scientific thinking.

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Posted: 22 February 2007 at 1:50pm | IP Logged

Originally posted by Kay Kay

The were other positives that came out of the British Raj. Abolition of Sati and Widow re-marriage are two instances that come to mind.. which in a way were kind of first steps towards the emancipation of our women.

FYI, abolition of Sati and encouraging widow re-marriage was brought about by two Bengali social reformers, Raja Ram Mohan Roy and Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar respectively. Since the British were in charge of the administration at that time they helped them in passing that law. After these two laws were passed the Indian public erupted in protest and the British promptly distanced themselves from anymore social reforming activity.

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