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Monday, August 21, 2006

speech by yours truly

Yours truly had to give a speech in Ramnagar Rotarians meet! It all started like this – in a couple of dinner(hic) sittings we (a few friends) had, we just happened to talk on various topics and I vehemently objected about the history of India being tampered and quoted about ancient India’s prowess and told them about “the minutes” of Maculay of them present there was maha thrilled and asked me to give a speech in his town’s rotary meeting..why spare them when they ‘ask’ for it? and so I was there..
Covered about various ancient achievements, great philosophers and scientists of yesteryears and the classics of our (g)olden days and the marginalization of them. Ofcourse about our astronomical(pun intended) prowess in astronomy, prediction of the distance between moon and earth, the earth’s circumference to the decimal point, decimal system itself, vedic mathematics, zero as a major contri, about Panini, Aryabhatta and others of great significance in humanity! Then ofcourse about our various highs like Nalanda university, Sanskrit as a language, prowess in navigation (btw did u know that the captain of Marco polo’s ships used to be a gujrati? Or that navigation itself comes from nav gatih Sanskrit), architecture, excellence in medical sciences (shusruta being the 1st to perform surgery 2600 years back!), ayurveda, other achievments in maths, civil engineering, metal technology, textiles (recently Roman archives were found containing official complaints about massive cash drainage because of imports of fine Indian textiles ), shipping, forest management, water harvesting (1st planned lakes and water ways lead to ancient India!!) sewage and roads etc.. all this atleast some 2500 – 3000 years back!
Then where it got lost? How Lord Maculay as a part of the committee to come out with a plan to ‘colonise’ India mentally came out with his now famous minutes –
It was February 1835, a time when the British were striving to take control of the whole of India. Lord Macaulay, a historian and a politician, made a historical speech in the British Parliament, commonly referred to as The Minutes, which struck a blow at the centuries old system of Indian education.
His words were to this effect: I have traveled 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.
So How true he was and how effective his prediction much as I hate him, I revere him for his immaculate identification of the problem and a solution – though so harmful to us.
In the name of progress and modern education we still continue in the typical ways the british planned to screw us. That was a great plan started with the help of lord maculay and lives till today to screw our educational system and so our past glory and pride.
Even today there is no Indology study per se in India or in India related fields like ancient sciences, ayurveda, Sanskrit, Buddhism etc . One has to do it in the west. The best libraries and courses for these are in the west!
Ofcourse highlighted with the Rajeev Srinivasan’s famous stats of the total share in world GDP – 25% when the brits came in against 2.8% when they left us in 1947!
Then went on to talk of how the western world is and how the social security will ‘take care’ of their economies in future and how they needed cheap labor and ‘developing but rich countries’ like us and Africans to plunder to have ‘developed western lives’!
And so on...So they got it from me right? So you think, right?? And do u think I shall spare you folks..NO..and so here u have it, curse me but leave some comments too..


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