“It was [in India] the British learned the art of imperial power. … India was decisive. It gave Britain the resources, the market, the manpower, and the prestige to build a world-wide empire. And in the years to come they worked feverishly to secure that prize.”
The British Empire could not have been possible without the help of the Indians. It is a shameful fact that the Indians actively colluded with the British to help colonize fellow Indians. It is an ugly fact that Indians barely know, leave alone acknowledge — mainly because the education system is controlled by the government.
Why does government control of the education system matter in this regard? Because the government of India does not differ in essence and character from the British Raj. If Indians understood the colonial history, they’d immediately see the parallel with their contemporary condition and reject the government they suffer under. Like its British predecessors, those in the Indian government are the masters and the Indians are their servants. Admittedly Indians have the freedom to vote but the master-servant relationship cannot be hidden behind the thin veneer of democratic elections.
If Indians get the historical knowledge of how a vanishingly small number of people brought hundreds of million people under their control — create antagonistic groups and encourage them to fight for some privilege — they will immediately see that the Indian government is doing precisely that. The post-1947 governments used the same divide-and-rule strategy that the British perfected.
That strategy is entrenched in the constitution of India, a constitution that was crafted by the British. It ensures that Indians are divided along caste and religious lines and never united for any common purpose. The leaders of every political party — the BJP, the anti-Hindu Congress and other Muslim political parties, the communists, etc — all of them depend on the fractured polity to ensure that they enrich themselves at the cost of the Indians.
The British rulers and their Indian rajas and maharajas were as much collaborators as they were adversaries. The Indian politicians do the same; their collaboration unites them even through on the surface they are adversarial. Note how many politicians have close relationships across party lines. AJ and PC are practically conjoined twins, for example. Note how the cozy accommodation between the NDA and the UPA ensures they enjoy immunity from prosecution for their evident grand corruption. It’s an arrangement quite commonly seen among criminals — they don’t rat on each other.
Watch that video above. I learned a lot about what I had long suspected; that India could not have been colonized without the help of Indians.
“A small island like Britain couldn’t by itself find the manpower to hold on to this vast new territory. So they came up with a system that would become a corner stone of their empire: they paid local soldiers to fight for them. The colonized would provide the fighting force for colonialism for centuries to come. The Madras Regiment, founded in 1758, is the oldest in the Indian army. It spent most of its existence fighting not for independence but for Britain.”
You have to colonize minds; the bodies follow. Therefore the control of education is the primary mechanism for brainwashing the people into believing that serving their masters is the right and honorable thing to do.
I am shocked but not surprised to hear a soldier of the Madras Regiment say that he doesn’t really care that his regiment was an instrument of British aggression. We are soldiers, and we just do what we are told to do, and we don’t ask questions. The brainwashing is complete when the automaton produced just follows orders to kill and die without question or pause.
I am convinced that the path to India’s liberation and prosperity lies in liberating the education system from government control. That is hard to do because for this to happen the people have to rise up against the government to solve a problem that they have been made incapable of perceiving that the problem even exists.
A powerful, enlightened leader is required to do what the people cannot do for themselves. It’s India’s continued tragedy and misfortune that it lacks enlightened leaders — starting with Gandhi, Nehru, the Italians, and finally Modi and his cronies. Perhaps their understanding is deficient but more likely it is not in their interest to change the system which has given them so much power and wealth.
The British are gone but their legacy is alive in India. Indians are ruled by a confederacy of dead Britishers and a pack of grubby, unethical, immoral, mostly stupid, broadly ignorant Indian politicians.
It’s all karma, neh?
Post script: I have downloaded that video from YouTube because sometimes this kind of content mysteriously disappears. Get in touch in case you need access to that video.
5 thoughts on “The British are Gone but the British Raj Lives on”
A beautiful summation of recent Indian history with clear insights. These things should be taught in the high schools and discussed in the graduate programs in India and everywhere else.
“…sometimes this kind of content mysteriously disappears.” A perceptive observation that is true.
How did the british ruled the massive population of india with such small number of residential colonials?
I think most indians omitted one important point:
Traditionally ‘governance’ in India was ‘decentralised’ or even atomised that as long as the grass root class/caste hierarchy was observed, the average ancient hindus wouldn’t bother who ruled them at the very top. I think the Moguls as well as the British understood that very well.
Did the british exploit the Indians and made them poor?
I’m sure they were responsible to certain extent.
If the british weren’t there in India, sure the Mogul empire would’ve lasted a lot longer and India in 1947 would be in either of the following scenarios:
1)The Indian subcontinent would be largely islamised with pockets of unconverted higher castes , much like Persia was islamised with a smaller number of Zoroastrians left.
2)The Mogul empire controlled/islamised much of north india(with area larger than those of pakistan and Bangladesh combined) but some hindu kingdoms managed to survive.
Many people thought that wheel on the Indian national flag the homespun wheel of Ganhdi; actually it is the emblem of King Ashoka(Born 304 BC). Why Ashoka? Under his reign, India(actually only the northern part)was unified
My personal opinion is: The past is passe, GONE. The future is the REALITY.
(How great the ancient india, muslim, chinese…civilization(or their PPP’GDP’) were really make no sense except to those psychological fragile people who need regular mental opioids..)
The problem with ‘future’
–Immediate future: Usually predictable, like you and I likely wouldn’t die to-morrow
–Distant future: We’ll all die.
–Very distant future: Present homo-sapiens will be displaced by a new ‘breed’.
–Intermediate future(like the next 1 to 20 years) is stochastic and chaotic. Here people found their playground.
“Traditionally ‘governance’ in India was ‘decentralised’…” That is one way to rationalize what happened historically. I am given to understand who ever controlled Delhi/Hastinapura were considered rulers of India. Outside of the region they may not have any day to day influence over the life of the people except receiving yearly gifts from feudatories. Reason why it did not matter to people who is in power at the top.
“Did the British exploit the Indians and made them poor?” It is safe to say that no country ever occupied another one to make the occupied country prosperous. On the other hand British unwittingly might have played the role of liberators of India from a harsh medieval Mogul kingdom.
“Why Ashoka? Under his reign, India(actually only the northern part)was unified.” Ashoka’s kingdom included Andhra and Karnataka regions in the south and Afghanistan in north west. It is likely as big as British India.
Peace on Earth !!
Pondering what could’ve happened if England didn’t colonise Bharat centuries ago is a topic for historians; an exercise on alternative history ‘world-line’ scenario: “What will be the consequence if the 1947 partition didn’t happen?’would be closer to present day reality.
Bear in mind that Jinnah,the founding father of the Land of Pure was
–A whiskey addict.
–A shiite Ismaili…..Both attributes are considered haram and heretic by present day Pak clerics.
If the 1947 partition didn’t happen, united India in 2019 will be a nation of 1.7 billions with 650 millions muslims. Within another generation or 2, India will be a muslim majority nation. Armed with nuclear weapons….:
1)All the generals from USA to Russia to China will be shaking in their boots..
2)Islamic India could rid Arabia of western control and take over the middle east oil resources…
3)Superpower India will be the sole legitimate candidate of Kalifah TERRA.
4)Bollywood will displace Hollywood as the focus of popular culture
5)Indian nationalists’ dream of India as a superpower promptly fulfilled.
Mind you the Islam-Hinduism divide is not as unbridgeable as one might think:
a)Islam has a long history in India
b)Hindi actually is Urdu in hindi script OR Hindi and Urdu are sister languages
c)Vegetarian diet is inherently Halal.
d)The coming of Muhammed was mentioned in ancient hindu scripture… https://answering-islam.org/Mna/hindu.html
e)One can easy interpreted that ancient divine hindu figures like Ram, krishna… were actually prophets mistakenly deified
f)(Not sure how valid it’s but I did read that)Muhammad was a hindu merchant from Gujarat?
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