Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sibal-Clinton Launch New Phase In Higher Education Dialogue.

Sibal-Clinton Launch New Phase In Higher Education Dialogue.
       Reading the above I was reminded of the following, from this link:-
"A good espousing of the strength of Indian culture was given by Lord McCauley in his speech to the British Parliament, Feb 2, 1835:

“I have travelled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one person who is a beggar, who is a thief. Such wealth I have seen in this country, such high moral values, people of such calibre, that I do not think we would ever conquer this country, unless we break the very backbone of this nation, which is her spiritual and cultural heritage, and, therefore, I propose that we replace her old and ancient education system, her culture, for if the Indians think that all that is foreign and English is good and greater than their own, they will lose their self-esteem, their native self-culture and they will become what we want them, a truly dominated nation”.

The underpinnings of Indian society and culture start in the Indus valley in roughly 3000 BC.  Despite multiple invasion attempts, the occasional conquering, and a massive attempt to displace the culture by British influence, the ancient underlying precepts exist.  Despite India’s resurgence in the scientific and military areas we can see that plainly their Cultural Identity is primary driver of their society.

      Though I would like to have some comments of my own,the above says it all.

Is the USA trying to outdo Britain,though,the present-day India, is hardly what McCauley had described,but there is STILL, a "trace" of the same left,intact?
To be continued......

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