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COLONIAL INDIA- ITS IMPACTS

Updated on January 27, 2012

RICH BRITISH ROOTS OF INDIA IN INDIAN CHRISTIANS

India got freedom in the year 1947, August 15th, the journey till then up to now has been varied and progressive but the roots of those literalistic and persevering movements were the seeds of centuries past that belongs not to our orthodox, conventional and barbaric ancient spirits of Sati, the practice of burning a widow after the death of her husband on the funeral pyre, system of untouchability for those belonging ot lower class, child marriage, human sacrifice and such disgusting rituals. These were foreign thoughts, more civilized, more refined, elegant, cultured and most of all humane.

It is very satisfying to voice my opinions about the true history of my nation, contrary to what our history books say, for we natives, sufferers under this yoke of deceit know a lot better. We have studied from 3 rd grade of the great valour and sacrifices of our great Indian Fathers in bringing us home rule, the patient humility compared with the callous brutality of serving non veg meals to Indian Brahmins in prison. Most importantly, the great shooting at Jallianwalabag by General Dyre killing peaceful protesters, among whom were children and devoted women who stood by their husbands that this view of the British rule has become so poignant and vivid that we've forgotten the drastic changes and ceaseless efforts of benignant missionaries that turned a once barbaric land to this cultured one, where women wear modest dresses, people are less prone to swear and such refined traits and the devotion and great tolerance they showed slaving in tropic and harsh suns so contrary to their pleasant weathered homeland and the drastic and no doubt, unfortunate change in diets.

For a fact, our grandfathers belonging to the left out community of those few converts still tell tales of Ms. Katie Wilcox who grew old and withered here but would not attend to her own health by returning to her homeland for she was so concerned about education of ladies and women empowerment that she wasted her last and dying breaths striving for such lofty reasons. But we banish these personages from our minds to keep alive that vengeful and condescending attitude towards the British.

Once, when this gleam of hope, the English was banished from our land with the last governor general, Mountbatten, these few believers had the hardest time ever, the revenge that could not be executed on the English was carried out on Christians, the boycott movement where all English products were ignored and Swadeshi costumes were worn had passed away with the dying remnants of pure efforts for equality for all, and Indian politicians did a far better job than the British in wiping out all sweet spirits that characterized our great leaders such as Gandhi and Nehru who only wanted home rule so we could live in harmony with each other.

The English introduced railway system, telegraph, promoted foreign trade and with sowing Christianity among these few scattered groups breathed civility and manners to our crude and coarse hypocrisy of building a thinnai that is originally used for wayfarers and travellers but in reality, they were discriminated on the basis of caste system and only allowed to sit on the thinnai if they belonged to the same class or a higher classes. Only we know the true behind this claimed culture and ancestral heritage Indians boast about which are in truth just systems to show your superiority of class and status and persecute and discriminate between people.

We still devotedly cling those those shattered shards and dreams of a pure and flawless India that once afforded us a glimpse through the advocasy of Christianity and modes of etiquette, ethics and conventions of behaviour. That shall never materialize. This group of faithful followers I've spoken about still bear every loyalty and devotion to English soils and on their behalf, a battered dreamer says painfully, GOD SAVE THE QUEEN!

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    • sharonchristy profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Christy 

      6 years ago from India

      Thank you for being so straightforward. I know India got off easily, to put it more romantically and gracefully, I would say God saw the plight India was in and it was his will that Britain should spread his word and sweeten our land with modern technology and civilize us and tell His word, Hindus were so much slighted and made to suffer when the Muslims ruled. It's when, finally, Britain left that Hindus, who are the true natives of India could smell native rule. I am always the odd person out, for I yearn for and miss the British rule, it flowed with goodness and Christian bliss and chivalry, but Indians will never accept the truth that involves admiration of others or thinking beyond the box. I can relate the retaliation of the Allahabad Tragedy, where the angered Indians frustrated by General Dyre's massacre, ransomed passengers at Allahabad for the release of Dr. Sathyapal and Kichdi whose imprisonment was the cause of JallianwalaBagh Tragedy, and when the British released them, they spinelessly, disgustingly, in cold blood, murderd, 150 British woman and children. So I and my people, as Protestant Christians who follow the church of England are third class citizens in our own country, I bear no sympathy to India except the few non-violent resisters who sought, truly a noble purpose and destiny for us, in the hope of overall harmony. God sent us a blessing, we turned it down, and we are paying the cost. So much sense in what you say, glad you found it worthwhile to comment. Thank you sir!

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      Alan R Lancaster 

      6 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      I saw the film 'Bhowani Junction' some time ago (can't remember the author of the book, was it V.S. Naipaul?) about what happened after independence when people of one ethnic group were caught napping in the wrong part of the country. Seemed to me Hitler was alive and well and up to his old tricks elsewhere. I also read somewhere that Congress had the intention of surrendering to the Japanese, effectively pulling the rug from the British Army out there, (they'd have found out the hard way about what the Japanese thought of surrendering).

      I have nothing against Indians. My son-in-law is from Mumbai, lives here and works at Lord's in the Indoor Cricket School. He's not a Christian, nor is his sister and brother-in-law, but then again nor am I. When Sachim Tendulkar's 'at home' (he lives nearby Lord's in London NW8) he practices with his kids in the Indoor Cricket School. He was there last year, limbering up for the Test but it didn't do him much good that season.

      Things could have been worse for India if the French had thrown us out, and I think the French would have fought tooth and nail to stop being 'extracted' (like in French Indo-China and Algeria, it would have been a blood-bath). Tell your Hindu friends they had a very narrow escape. Nor were the French tolerant of freedom fighters, as in Spain and Portugsl during the Peninsula War. They got off lightly with us, and inherited a lot into the bargain.

    • sharonchristy profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Christy 

      6 years ago from India

      Oh not at all, Indians are never hostile to the English. Even though some say they are in favour of home rule, like BJP political party and those followers, the rest and even some in the own party have great respect for English people. Quite recently, in Andhra Pradesh, nuns were violated and churches torn down, but no one remembers this atrocity. There is a famous quote about Inida that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Everyone of us who have heard the harmony and civilisation that prevailed in Colonial India still crave for that. So glad to know you like it. Thank you for your kind comments. God bless you!

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      Mazzy Bolero 

      6 years ago from the U.K.

      A very interesting point of view Sharonchristy. I have been to India three times. The first time I was very anxious, thinking Indians might be hostile to British people. I was surprised when an older man shook my hand and told me life was much better when the British were in charge! That's not to say I think they should be, but there were some positives. When the British left, it perhaps was inevitable that India would be partitioned into Muslim and Hindu lands, and we often forget to consider what the Indian Christians experienced. I must say that the Hindus I met seemed very civilized people - but I agree some old customs such as the Sati are better gone.

    • sharonchristy profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Christy 

      6 years ago from India

      Thank you warmly, I salute you for your hearty reply. Wish you all success and may the Lord bless and keep us. And you do not need to feel sorry for the actions of your forefathers. They brought light to a dying nation, they breathed the gospel to a land of heathen, pagan devil worshipers. I am proud to have been a former colony of India being a native Indian, you may be very delighted and proud of your great land.

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      dadibobs 

      6 years ago from Manchester, England

      It makes a change for another opinion on this subject. Most people think during the days of colonialism, the aggressive country would destroy the original heritage and beliefs of the target nation, when in reality new and old ideas, beliefs and lifestyles would become somewhat combined and integrated. I am not condoning the actions of my forebears, but it is nice to hear it that not everything was doom, gloom , conquest and oppression.

      Voted up! :)

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