Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Becoming Indian - Pavan Verma

Quite an interesting read.

What are the long term impacts of colonialism on the colonised? At some level we do know our rather irrational need to for foreign approval, our obsession with english, with fairness, the subtle feeling of inferiority, of the abdication of our own culture in favor of the other.

It does not of course mean that the counter to that is a militant or misguided 'nationalism' which appropriates a greatness and superiority in everything 'ours' as opposed to 'theirs'. The case that the author makes here is more of a more balanced approach, of the essential taking pride in one's own culture, before one can truly become Indian.

Good read overall.

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