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Posted: 22 February 2007 at 2:19pm | IP Logged

Originally posted by sneha3105

Well, I agree with Aparna. It has both its positives and negatives.

the negatives are clear.

Well without British rule, we would never have had such good infrastructure.

1. It spared us from feudal rule.

And put upon us a foreign rule, a king and queen who the public never used to see.

2. They united us.Political unity after some decades leads to complete unity.

'Love, friendship and respect do not unite a people as much as a common hatred of something'- Anton Chekov.

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.

They destroyed many cottage industries and local arts of India which the British felt would harm their industry, e.g., muslin.

4. They have given us english,which engraved the ideas of free speech and democracy in our minds.

You'll be surprised to see that people from other countries find it ridiculous that Indians cannot do their major works in their own language.

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!!!!

Railways was completely new at that time and everywhere new tracks were to be built. After Independence some more were built but obviously it is of no use to build tracks where the costs incurred will never see BEP. Now it is more about converting single lines into double and double into more lines.

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.

The British knew very well they would do much better in India if they don't mess with the religions.

Well as most importantly, we got to see people like Gandhi arise.

You can refer to Gandhi Vs Bhagat Singh topic to know what I feel about Gandhi's policies. Wink

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Posted: 22 February 2007 at 3:46pm | IP Logged
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4. They have given us english,which engraved the ideas of free speech and democracy in our minds.

You'll be surprised to see that people from other countries find it ridiculous that Indians cannot do their major works in their own language.

If not English then it would have been Urdu or Persian or Arabic in the long run. How many are comfortable conversing in that? Even the language which we claim majority speaks is still not popular when we take all the languages spoken in India. Before British people were conversing in their language in their provinces.

I didn't understand what you wanted to say. But do you really feel that because of English we've the ideas of freedom of speech and democracy in our mind.

The language problem is quite unique of India and the Indian Govt. has done precious little to solve it. But even if a person goes to some international meet where all other countries are speaking in their native language, Indians always stick to english. Why??

 

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Posted: 22 February 2007 at 4:01pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by Pradarshak

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.

You didn't get anyone apart from Dadabhai Naoroji. Confused He was a staunch moderate, li'l wonder there he'll praise the British for their (non-existent) contributions. He is the Grand old man and his visions were grand old too. Infact under him Gandhi started his career as a moderate demanding that Britain grant India partial independence.

 

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