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The Concept of an Indian Identity and Mindset continues...
Furthermore, we were also made to see advantages accruing from British rule, the primary one being that India was created by this colonialism; that but for the British, India would never have been a country, that we were freed from superstition and obscurantism by the colonisers and given a ‘modern’ education to boot.
These totally false and pernicious ideas have permeated deep into our educational system. They have poisoned the minds of our younger generations who have not had the benefit of the freedom struggle to awaken their pride and nationalism. It has thus to be an essential part of the renaissance agenda that the two ideas of British-sponsored history of India are discarded, namely: (1) that India as a State was a gift of the British and (2) that there is no such thing as a native Indian, and what we are today is a by-product of the rape of the land by visiting conquerors and their hordes.
Just because India did not have a nation state of the present boundaries, exercising control through a unified modern administration, does not mean that there was no India. On the contrary, there was always an India, which, from north to south, thought fundamentally as one country. Just as Hinduism exists from ancient days despite a lack of a ‘Church, Book, or Pope’, Hindustan too existed from time immemorial but without the paraphernalia of
a modern state.
The British on the contrary tried to disrupt that unity by destroying the traditional communication channels and structures, and demeaning India’s heritage by falsification and disinformation.
Thus, we need a new factual account of our history, focusing on the continuous and unbroken endeavours of a people united as a nation. This history of India must deal with the conscious effort of our people to achieve a civilization, to reach better standards of life, and live a happier and nobler life. The lamp of faith of the Indian people burned brightly over a long period. We must also record when that faith dimmed in our history and brought shame to the people.
to be continued....