Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Revisiting Macaulay's Dream and Gandhiji's Nightmare THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Macaulay's Dream and Gandhi's Nightmare has taken root in India of today. The following countries do not speak English and yet are ahead of India; China, Japan, Taiwan, Russia, Poland, Germany, Spain, Italy, France and Thailand in fact I know only of India where today its Mathru Bahasa is not promoted and only Indian people tell me "but it is an International Language". Chart of National Language and Wealth of Nations What language is needed to grow a crop or amass minerals and wealth? Ans. "Land" is required that which the Empire has left for US,Canada, Australia etc he who controls land has the power, so by mimicking owners of these lands you will only enslave you further to them.

 "To give millions a knowledge of English is to enslave them. The foundation that Macaulay laid of education has enslaved us. I do not suggest that he has any such intention, but that his been the result. Is it not a sad commentary that we should have to speak of Home Rule in a foreign tongue And it is worthy of note that the systems which the Europeans have discarded are the systems in vogue among us. Their learned men continually make changes" MK Gandhi
Macaulay     "that English is better worth knowing than Sanskrit or Arabic; that the natives are desirous to be taught English, and are not desirous to be taught Sanskrit or Arabic; that neither as the languages of law, nor as the languages of religion, have the Sanskrit and Arabic any peculiar claim to our engagement; that it is possible to make natives of this country thoroughly good English scholars, and that to this end our efforts ought to be directed."
Macaulay’s comparison of Arabic and Sanskrit literature to what was available in English is forceful, colourful, and nowadays often quoted against him.
... I have never found one among them who could deny that a single shelf of a good European library was worth the whole native literature of India....... the superiority of the Europeans becomes absolutely immeasurable."
He returned to the comparison later:
Whoever knows [English] has ready access to all the vast intellectual wealth. The question now before us is simply whether, when it is in our power to teach this language(English), we shall teach languages(Sanskrit), by which, by universal confession, there are not books on any subject.
Mass education would be (in the fullness of time) by the class of Anglicised Indians the new policy should produce, and by the means of vernacular dialects:
..... "Indian in blood and colour, but English in taste, in opinions, in morals, and in intellect. To that class we may leave it to refine the vernacular dialects of the country, to enrich those dialects with terms of science borrowed from the Western nomenclature, and to render them by degrees fit vehicles for conveying knowledge to the great mass of the population".
Thailand a Model for  India to follow.

The international airport in Bangkok has a vast statue of Vishnu which is to the eternal shame of India, for this would be deemed illegal in India. The Thai's were never invaded and have kept their Hindu based customs, culture and language in their national affairs. They deeply revere their Royal family  King RAMA and their Monks  have VIP seats are set for them at all airports.

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