Atanu Dey On India's Development

  • pankaj

    India is never going to have liberty,because liberty requires freedom from fear, and freedom from fear comes only when there are efficent courts and law enforcement system,so i guess we are stuck in the mess for a long time.

  • http://idlinginc.blogspot.com idlinginc

    “Somehow collectively India has chosen to restrict freedom – the freedom of inquiry and expression, and the freedom to trade. That is why India is poor.”

    I believe this results from the Education system that we have.

    “Educate the elite alone so that the unwashed masses will be more easily controlled.” – http://www.deeshaa.org/2003/10/23/education-for-a-nation/

    British built a educated class (bureaucrats) to do slave work for them. That worked very well for them. All they needed were dumb slaves who know how to read, write and regurgitate. And they did a terrific job of marketing. The slaves feel good about themselves and brag about it too, like so: “I work for the Indian Civil Services”.

    This is the same education system (and the same bureaucratic system!) that keep everyone in control and eternally poor.

    “One of the most remarkable features of British rule in India has been the fact that the greatest injuries done to the people of India have taken the form of blessings. Of this, Education is a striking example; for no more crushing blows have ever been struck at the roots of Indian National evolution than those which have been struck, often with other, and the best intentions, in the name of Education” – Ananda Coomaraswamy

    “All over India, there is a vague feeling of discontent in the air about our prevalent system of education.

    The mind of our educated community has been brought up within the enclosure of the modern Indian educational system. It has grown as familiar to us as our own physical body, unconsciously giving rise in our mind to the belief that it can never be changed. Our imagination dare not soar beyond its limits; we are unable to see it and judge it from outside. We neither have the courage nor the heart to say that it has to be replaced by something else….

    They [Indian students] never have intellectual courage, because they never see the process and the environment of those thoughts which they are compelled to learn and thus they lose the historical sense of all ideas, never knowing the perspective of their growth…. They not only borrow a foreign culture, but also a foreign standard of judgement; and thus, not only is the money not theirs, but not even the pocket. Their education is a chariot that does not carry them in it, but drags them behind it. The sight is pitiful and very often comic.

    The education which we receive from our universities takes it for granted that it is for cultivating a hopeless desert, and that not only the mental outlook and the knowledge, but also the whole language must bodily be imported from across the sea. And this makes our education so nebulously distant and unreal, so detached from all our associations of life, so terribly costly to us in time, health and means, and yet so meagre of results.”
    – Rabindranath Tagore