Discussion in 'Religion & Culture' started by Manas7, Nov 9, 2014.
Column by S. Gurumurthy in Indian Express
Finding out greatness of the past is great. Blaming the Brits 70 years after they left is not. Get over it!
I actually wanted to make a thread on this.
BTW the books are totally free, The one about Indian indigenous Education is called "The beautiful tree", still reading it, thought I'd make a thread after I was done. Some very surprising details in the book. It even has a caste wise/area wise break down of people attending schools, teachers and so on. Totally smashes some of the lies that is peddled today.
Have you read the article ?
Two examples from the article and further expanded here.
A. Punjab and literacy rate.
Punjab's literary rate under Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 19th century was ~78%, with woman scoring higher than men. This rate plummeted under the British, and even today with modernization, globalization and industrialization Pakistani Punjab has managed about 50-70% literacy rate, and Indian Punjab about 75%.
So what I learn is that
1. Punjab and Punjabis are historically a literate people, so it will not be an uphill challenge to improve literacy. We can use this historical fact to spurn a yearning in the people to spread literacy.
2. What did Maharaja Ranjit Singh do right, and what can we learn from it. What British did wrong, and what we can learn from it. Use these lessons to help tailor education initiatives in Punjab to help reach 100% literacy.
B. OBCs being Kings
I already knew that but a lot of Indians are quite ignorant about this fact.
When you tell OBCs(other backward classes) that you in fact belong to a proud lineage which has produced fine kings. It will hopefully motivate them to excel and replicate the successes of their forefathers.
When FCs/UCs learn that it was not them that ruled, it will provide them with more humility and understanding.
Such facts help teach that the caste is not a determinant of future successes, and also help us move away from a caste system narrative first propounded by British to a more factual one, where it is not a case of black and white.
I hope you all the best. I don't know your today's caste system, but hope it is not official policy, only in peoples minds.
That is always a trouble to some when a spade is called a spade. They would rather mindlessly blame upper castes for all our ills.
That most of the kings were OBCs, as defined today, or muslims has been no secret to the upper caste. I do not find a single Brahmin king in Punjab, Himachal, Jammu regions. Nor in Kumaon and Garhwal regions.
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