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The Colonized Indian Mind

An excerpt from Michel Danino’s book Indian Culture and India’s Future. In the clash of two…

An excerpt from Michel Danino’s book Indian Culture and India’s Future.

In the clash of two civilizations – for it was undoubtedly one – the European, younger, dynamic, hungry for space and riches, appeared far better fitted than the Indian, half decrepit, half dormant after long centuries of internal strife and repeated onslaught. The contrast was so severe that no one doubted the outcome – the rapid conquest of the Indian mind and life. That was what Macaulay, again, epitomized when he proudly wrote to his father in 1836:

Lord Macaulay

“Our English schools are flourishing wonderfully…  The effect of this education on the Hindoos is prodigious. No Hindoo, who has received an English education, ever remains sincerely attached to his religion… It is my firm belief that, if our plans of education are followed up, there will not be a single idolater among the respectable classes in Bengal thirty years hence…. I heartily rejoice in the prospect.”

Macaulay’s projected statistics failed to materialize; he thought the roots of Hinduism to be shallow, but they quietly held fast. However, this educational strategy did succeed in creating a fairly large ‘educated’ class, anglicized and partially Christianized (often atheicized), which looked up to its European model and ideal, and formed the actual base of the Empire in India.

Came Independence. If India did achieve political independence-at the cost of amputating a few limbs of her body – she hardly achieved independence in the field of thought. Nor did she try: the country’s so called elite, whose mind had been shaped and hypnotized by the colonial masters, always assumed that in order to reach all-round fulfillment, India merely had to follow European thought, science, medicine, industry and sociopolitical institutions.

The Symptoms

Six decades later, at least, we begin to see how gratuitous those assumptions were. Yet the colonial imprint remains present at many levels. At a very basic one, it is amusing to note that Pune is sometimes called ‘the Oxford of the East’, while Ahmedabad is ‘the Manchester of India’ – and since Coimbatore is often dubbed ‘the Manchester of south India’, we have at least out-Manchestered England herself. The Nilgiris of Tamil Nadu are flatteringly compared to Scotland (never mind that Kotagiri is called ‘a second Switzerland’), and tourist guides refer to Kerala’s Alappuzha as ‘the Venice of the East’. Also with a view to tickling potential visitors, Puduchery calls itself ‘India’s Little France’ or ‘the French Riviera of the East’. India’s map seems dotted with European places, if slightly jumbled. Things get more trouble-some when Kālidāsa is labelled ‘the Shakespeare of India’, when Bankim Chatterji needs to be compared to Walter Scott or Tagore to Shelley, and Kautilya becomes  India’s very own Machiavelli. Undoubtedly, our compass is set due West. Would the British call Shakespeare ‘England’s Kālidāsa’, let alone Manchester ‘ the Coimbatore of northwest England’ ?

But I think the most disturbing signs of the colonization of the Indian mind are found in the field of education. Take the English nursery rhymes taught to many of our little children, as if, before knowing anything about India, they needed to know about Humpty-Dumpty or the sheep that went to London to see the Queen. More seriously, the teaching is almost entirely based on Western inputs, as though India never produced any knowledge of her own: I am not aware of a single Indian contribution to science, technology, urbanization, polity or philosophy, being taught to Indian schoolchildren. The blanking out of India’s pursuit for knowledge in every field of life is complete.

Higher education is hardly different. Students will study mathematics, physics or medicine without having the least idea of what ancient India achieved in those fields. I have never been able to understand why, for instance, they should not be made aware that the decimal place-value system of numeral notation they use daily is of Indian-origin; that the so-called Gregory series, Pell’s equation or the fundamentals of combinatorics were anticipated by several centuries by Indian mathematicians of the Siddhāntic period; or that Indian astronomers of the same era had developed powerful algorithms that enabled them to calculate planetary positions and the occurrences of eclipses with an excellent degree of precision. It is equally hard to accept that medical students should know nothing of Indian systems of medicine such as Ayurveda or Siddha, of proven efficacy for a wide range of disorders and even serious diseases. If the topic is psychology, the Western variety alone will be taken up, completely eclipsing the far deeper psychology system offered by yoga. Water harvesting is taught as if it were a new contribution from the West, and if it was widely practised from Harappan times onward. I could go on with metallurgy, chemistry, textiles, transport and a host of other technologies.

Our educational policies systematically discourage the teaching of Sanskrit, and one wonders again whether that is in deference to Macaulay, who found that great language to be ‘barren of useful knowledge’ (though he confessed he knew none of it!). It is symptomatic that in the 1980s, a controversy arose as to whether the teaching of Sanskrit was ‘secular’ or not. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) attempted to wriggle out of it arguing before the Supreme Court of India in 1994 that if Sanskrit was taught, then should not Arabic, Persian, French or German, too, be taught? The Supreme Court bench, directed by a Sikh judge, threw the argument out and reminded us of a simple truth: ‘Without the learning of Sanskrit it is not possible to decipher the Indian philosophy on which our culture and heritage are based… [The] teaching of Sanskrit alone as an elective subject can in no way be regarded as against secularism.’

In the same vein, the Upanishads or the two epics stand no chance, and students will almost never hear about them at school. Indian languages (still called “vernacular”, a word whose root meaning is “belonging to native slaves”) are plainly given a lower status than English, with the result that many profound scholars or writers who chose their mother-tongue as their medium of expression remain totally unknown beyond their state, while textbooks are crowded with second-rate thinkers who happened to write in English.

If you take a look at the teaching of history, the situation is equally troubling. Almost all Indian history taught today in our schools and universities has been written by “native historians who [have] taken over the views of the colonial master,’ as the historian of religion Klaus Klostermaier put it. India’s historical traditions are brushed aside as so many fancy to satisfy the dictum that “Indians have no sense of history.” Indian tradition never said anything about mysterious “Aryans” invading the country from the Northwest, but since nineteenth-century European scholars decided so, our children continue to learn by rote this theory now rejected by most archaeologists. South Indian literature remembered nothing about ‘Dravidians’ being driven southwards by the naughty Aryans, but this continues to be stuffed into young brains to satisfy political ideologies. Saint Thomas never came to south India, as historical sources make amply clear, but let us perpetuate the myth to create an imagined early Christian foot-holding in India. The real facts of the destruction wreaked in India by Islamic invaders and by some Christian missionaries must be kept outside school curricula, since they contradict the ‘tolerant’ and ‘liberating’ image that Islam and Christianity have been projecting for themselves. Even the freedom movement is not spared: as the distinguished R.C.Majumdar and others have shown, no objective critique of Mahatma Gandhi or the Indian National Congress is allowed, and the role of the other important leaders is belittled or erased.

Sri Aurobindo

Nothing illustrates the bankruptcy of our education better than the manner in which, sixteen years ago, State education ministers raised an uproar at an attempt to discuss the introduction of the merest smattering of Indian culture into the curriculum, and at the singing of the Saraswati Vandana, a customary homage to the goddess of Knowledge. The message they actually conveyed was that no Indian element is acceptable in education, while they are satisfied with an education which, a century ago, Sri Aurobindo called ‘soulless and mercenary.’, and which has degenerated further into a stultifying, mechanical routine that kills our children’s natural intelligence. They find nothing wrong that maiming young brains and hearts, but will be up in arms if we speak of brining in a few time-tested elements of India’s heritage. They will lament at the all-round loss of values and harangue us about ‘value-based education’, while refusing to make use of what was for ages the source of the best Indian values.

Swami Vivekananda put it in his typical forthright style:

“The child is taken to school, and the first thing he learns is that his father is a fool, the second thing that his grandfather is a lunatic, the third thing that all his teachers are hypocrites, the forth, that all the sacred books are lies! By the time he is sixteen he is a mass of negation, lifeless and boneless. And the result in that fifty years of such education has not produced one original man in the three presidencies. We have learnt only weakness.”

Ananda Coomaraswamy, who wrote at length on Indian education at the beginning of the twentieth century, gave his stark analysis:

“It is hard to realize how completely the continuity of the Indian life has been severed. A single generation of English education suffices to break the threads of traditions and to create a nondescript and superficial being deprived of all roots – a sort of intellectual pariah who does not belong to the East or to the West, the past or the future. The greatest danger for India is the loss of her spiritual integrity. Of all Indian problems the educational is the most difficult and most tragic.”

The child becomes a recording machine stuffed with a jarring assortment of meaningless bits and snippets. The only product of this denationalizing education has been the creation of  a modern, Westernized ‘elite’ with little or no contact with the sources of Indian culture, and with nothing of India’s ancient worldview except for a few platitudes to be flaunted at public functions or cocktail parties. Browsing through any English-language daily or magazine is enough to see how we revel in the sonorous clang of hollow clichés. If Western intellectuals come up with some new ‘ism’, you are sure to find it echoed all over the Indian press in a matter of weeks; it was amusing to see, a few years ago, how the visit to India of a French philosopher and champion of “deconstructivism’ send the cream of our intellectuals raving wild for weeks, while they remained crassly ignorant of far deeper thinkers next door. Or if some Western painters or sculptors come up with some new-fangled cult of ugliness, their Indian counterparts will not lag far behind. And let some Western nations make a new religion of “human rights” (with intensive bombing campaigns to enforce them if necessary), and you will hear a number of Indians clamoring for them parrot-like, unable to realize that even though the primary focus of Indian society was functions and duties rather than rights, it had enough democratic mechanisms to provide for redress in case of abuse.

The list is endless, in every field of life, and if India had been living in her intellect alone, one would have to conclude that she has ceased to exist – or will do so after one or two more generations of this senseless de-Indianizing.

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  • Bharatendu

    Nobody is stopping anyone from following a Gurukula style education where you learn Vedas, Sankhya, Vedanta, Yoga, Nirukta, Vyakarana, Jyotisha, etc. But if people want to learn English, Mathematics, modern Science, Computer Science, modern Medicine, Economics, modern Engineering, etc. – all products of the Western civilization – that should be their prerogative. In fact, if people really wanted the first type of education, we’d be having it right now. But education of the second type is what brings personal and national financial and material success in this world.

    I think we must come to terms with the fact that for better or worse, India has been transformed forever by its colonial past. In the 21st century, we are not “purely” Indian in a classical sense – a lot of our current values, outlook and culture, ranging from our music to our food and dress habits to our work environments are strongly influenced by the West. This is not just true about India, but the whole world.There exists no West and East anymore, but only a “Weast”.

    Mindless traditionalism is just as bad as mindless copying of foreign ideas into our society. We must carefully pick and choose the best ideas from the West and the East, including our own traditions, to craft a vision for India in the 3rd millennium AD.

  • Rajalakshmi J

    Also , why thrust Harry Potter on Hindus ?

    We have our Peerless Lord Aanjaneyar ( Hanuman) .

    We have our King Vikramadithya who had Kali Ma’s Grace in abundance.

  • Sumathi Megavarnam

    Well penned article , I wish that & hopefully all will agree that learning Sanskrit & making it compulsory is the only way for all indians to know what has been actually said in our ancient texts & to regain our lost pride(though we have already come up) its better to know the real truths rather than the knowing our pasts through the concocted versions of the Whitemen

  • Chris D’Silva

    I ask the author and the ppl who have commented in such wonderful English, from where did you get such beautiful words to express your minds. You are all mostly convent educated. I wonder if you had only studied Sanskrit or only Indian language, and expressed your views in that language, how many likes or responses you would have got . Frankly, I’m sure ,all of you are sending your children to English schools .
    Such comments are good for your TRPs.

    • Sumathi Megavarnam

      btw you (your ancestors) also would have been speaking in a different tongue before the brutal colonisation & extermination , the point here that the author makes is systematically Sanskrit & other languages was killed just for the sake that we dont understand that ” WE WERE THE MASTERS OF ALL INVENTIONS” Just like you taking a JIBE ,that people here didnt have better languages , the Most beautiful poetic languages have evolved from here…….the country needs a massive reformation in the education system , till date the Chinese majority speak read write chinese only does that mean they have not developed ???vis a vis Japanese ,Koreans , Germans the list goes on…….People like you try to imprint your opinions as the greatest ones & others as just lowly ones….the title of this article would suit you very aptly………i dont know if your Indian or not but your writings shows you prefer to be a slave of the whitmen

    • Rajalakshmi J

      Stupid , silly & highly impertinent comments.

      It is the content that is of consequence. And thank God it is written in English. Most of the convent educated
      ( btw , do you know it is christian missionaries that monopolize Education , Health care , News media etc in our country ? Who asked them to come & set up convents here ??) end up as Svami Vikekananda describes above.

      Svami Vivekananda addressed the Parliament of Religions in Chicago in flawless English. The christian missionary who arranged for such a discussion actually wanted to establish the supremacy of churchianity. Little did he know about this ” Hindu Warrior Monk ” representing Hinduism from Bharath. Thus by the time Svami Vivekananda received a thunderous standing ovation that christian organizer got a massive heart attack.

      When the knavish christian missionaries came to India they set about learning Tamil very diligently. Motive was to sow the poison of Aryan versus Dravidian theories. Hence started stealing & LYING to all ” Yajur Veda is actually yesur veda ( belongs to Jesus) ” ; Thiruvachakam , Thirukkural are all written by christians ( thomas , kuriakose , kuruvilla , bishop caldwell & similar lies ) One Italian called joseph blah blah ( pesky I suppose )called himself “veeramamunivar ” I was told by my Tamil teacher. And did the customary STEALING.

      Even today these evangelical MAFIA tell LIES in excellent Tamil in Tamil Nadu.” ஹே பாபிகளே ஏசு வருகிறார் …ஏசு வருகிறார் …வந்து விட்டார்… ஹே பாபிகளே “.

      They did that over Radio Ceylon several decades ago I recall butting in when I was enjoying melodious songs of TMS , P.Susheela with menacing “சென்னை கிறித்துவ கல்லூரி அளிக்கும் ….”. Slowly imperceptibly these christian MAFIA obliterated everything that is Hindu. Those days I really wondered what has happened to our P.Susheela who is suddenly whimpering ” ” ஆட்டுக்குட்டி வந்தேன்….ஐயையா…நான் வந்தேன்….தேவா ஆட்டுக்குட்டி வந்தேன்”

      Our P Susheela has always been SANE singing
      ” ஆதி சிவன் தாள் பணிந்து அருள் பெறுவோமே / எங்கள் ஆதி சக்தி நாயகியின் துணை பெறுவோமே ” ” ஆயர் குல விளக்கே , வானும் கடலும் வார்த்தெடுத்த பொன்னுருவே தானே உலகாகி தனக்குள்ளே தானடங்கி……” .

      It was years later I could understand what christian missionaries were up to. Many English speaking Westerners have woken up. No wonder vatican pope asked his agents to “harvest souls in Asia by planting the Cross”. So had to con the masses in Tamil. And other regional languages.

      • IndiannotAmused

        That was a good reply.India is crawling with converted Christian Zombies like the Jesus Cultist above-most probably a forcibly converted Goanese…….does not matter.We need to rid the Land of Many Gods from this monotheistic scoundrels.Each church is a spy base,every convent is a potential safe house for foreign agents.Much more than Muslims, [of whom there are many patriots] -these Christians are the bane of India as also Asia.

        • Rajalakshmi J

          Very true. In Gulf countries also it is the evangelicals who have been relentlessly fomenting trouble.
          In a country like Kuwait too many VACANT churches have mushroomed all over. In labour camps , in residential buildings these christian DEVILS sit & convert . Most are from Kerala , Goa , Mangalore & Tamil Nadu. In India , you would find most of the coastal areas have all come under the stranglehold of christian DEVILS.

          They keep bragging along the same lines “..we only brought education …we only run so many convents , orphanages …hospitals ….we only brought democracyee…we only we onlyeee”.
          We the Hindus did NOT send any invitation to them asking them to bring in education , democracy , medical aid above all a Gawd ( God)!!! What audacious GALL :-((

          Arabs are far far far superior & NOBLE. They are extremely generous people. In any eatery run by them they very liberally offer plenty of fresh salads ( consisting of extremely nutritious purslane etc etc ) pickled vegetables like cucumbers etc. Without charging money. Whereas in any Western country including their airports , a single SOLITARY sliver of pickled cucumber would be offered & MONEY would be demanded from you. That is christian commmmpassion. They have to necessarily engineer WARS , kill & maim for their aid agencies / NGOs to rush in with food , bandages , vaccines , antibiotics & lot of their journalists with cameras to show off & con people like us. WARS have to precede for their infamous christian commmmmpassion to be photographed & beamed all over.

          Instead of congress -leftists combine had someone like Narendra Modi been in charge would have helped in strengthening very cordial , strong & lasting ties of friendship with Arab countries. Instead of cricket craze , kitschy bollywood crap , Bharath ought to have exported nobler Vegetarianism , our diverse vegetarian cuisine , Aadi Shankarar’s Viveka Chudamani , Upanishads , let food be thy medicine concept & so on.

          Take our indigenous cuisine for instance . Idlis , Dosas etc are all highly nutritious . So are their accompaniments like chutneys , Sambar. Today it is amusing for me to find the so called “DEVELOPEDDDDD” countries talking about “pro biotic diet”. Which is nothing but our Idlis & Dosas. Much before instant noodles made their appearance I learned to make fresh nutritious noodles at home with parboiled rice from my Paternal Grandmother. We the Hindus are the MOST evolved of all. Only now the DEVELOPEDDDD countries have discovered the efficacy of turmeric.
          Yet they are so crazy end up consuming everything in capsule form. Turmeric capsule , ginger capsule , fenugreek capsule ….

          • Rajalakshmi J

            Consider something like sweets & savouries. What stunning variety we the Hindus have !

            Pitted against them chocolates , pies & pastries are totally lacklustre.

            For us Hindus God is interwoven through & through in our lives. Thus preparation of sweets & savouries & their consumption is always associated with auspicious Vinayaka Chaturthi,Gokulashtami, Deepavali , Navarathiri , Varalakshmi Puja , Pongal , Tamil New Year’s Day & so on.

            Binge eating , stress eating , pizzas & burgers devouring are all imports from the DEVELOPEDDDD west.

            While preparing any savoury the first piece would be fashioned as Lord Ganesha. Even today I saw in a Vedic Priest’s house the young boy’s grandmother was making dosais in the form of English alphabets A, B, C etc thus expediting his learning making it as interesting as possible. Today one has to necessarily know rudimentary English at least . If not we will be stooping forever before the DEVELOPEDDDD west.

            Whereas the DEVELOPEDDDD west have come up with chocolates shaped in the form of tempting female anatomical parts to increase its sale & appeal.

    • Jishnu

      Any smartass comment around “oh see but you are using English” needs to be made, at least after a survey of how English is foisted and what happens if it is NOT foisted by the state. If one does not have courage for it, then at least have the honesty to not question others.

  • Dr. MS

    Good article, but it has been written about by others (including me).

    Let me give you a wonderful personal example of meeting “a colonized mind” in the Midwest, USA. More than seven years ago I had written a critique of a book in a popular public library, with only ten books on India, five of which were written before 1975 and four of which, published after 1975, were written by non-Indians. The only book by a South Asian was disparaging towards India, and had unbelievable errors (giving even the height of the Himalayas and the length of the Ganges all wrong). I critiqued it page by page, and the library was smart and efficient enough to remove the book and get few others I recommended.

    The unedited version of my critique was given, without my permission, to an Indian male faculty at a local college. I went to see him only because few people in an organization I belonged to encouraged me to see him, and I respected his age and his educational profession (as an educator myself). The man was condescending towards me and infantilized me, which is annoying to someone who has a collegial relationship with her male peers. irrespective of their age in academic institutions. But when an Anglo female faculty showed up, this very same pompous Indian male faculty, without excusing himself or getting my permission, just stood up, stretched his smile and said, “Bareberra, Barrberra…” (Indianized way of pronouncing Barbara), gooing and gushing, while completely ignoring me and being rude to me (though I came on his invitation). He also walked towards her while she appeared dismissive. I sat there thinking, “This is how our men behave towards their women versus Anglo women. Even when they come abroad with education the deep seated colonialism does not leave”.

    I told my Anglo husband after that incident, “If ever you behave like that to me or any Indian woman I will clobber you, divorce you, ruin your reputation and take every penny from you.” He laughed and promised he would never do that. My Anglo husband also once had to tell some colonized sexist Indian men in an organization to give me credit for his knowledge on Hinduism which they were ooohing and ahhhing about.

    I refused to see the faculty again, and I refused to apologize for my dismissiveness towards him later.

    Too many Indian men are getting the rejection and curses of their women because of this “colonialism”. Indian women are less colonized, but more subservient because they are either stuck in feudal India or 14 century Hinduism…after the brutal invasion, long-term occupation and persistent exploitative colonialism (that killed Hinduism, co-opted it, converted it or weakened it and prevented it from evolving).

    Our men are the most colonized. Even their pretentious intellectualism or pompous intellectual pedantism, that sometimes shows up on these websites, is a form of colonialism.

    • Sayan

      Any sane, decolonised Indian will agree & empathise with a lot of what you’ve stated. But to wrap this up in typical western zero-sum militant feminism & a wholesale bracketing of “Indian men” is not only puerile (and a part of the problem), but also displays how deep-seated the conditioning & superimposition of colonial social-science models on our psyche is – even of those who claim to stand for decolonisation. Its ridiculous to claim that “Indian women are less colonized” or “Our men are the most colonized” on the basis of examples or individual experiences. This sort of a jaundiced, lop-sided view is the antithesis of our philosophical wisdom. Maybe you happened to have met many more Indian women (than men) who you ‘perceived’ as less colonised. Maybe its how you subconsciously rationalise (to yourself & to others) your choice of a non-Indian man as life-partner (which should be a non-issue in matters of the heart). Maybe you yourself aren’t as decolonised (yet) as you’d like to believe.

  • Ardeshir Jussavala

    Excellent. Well said.

  • Brabantian

    2 techniques useful to counter Western ideological assault: (1) Showing that ancient India along with Persia were countries of the First Enlightenment, in aspects thousands of years earlier than ideals of Europe’s much-touted 1700s-and-after ‘Enlightenment’: (2) Pointing out that harsh, cruel Abrahamic religions, with texts of slavery, conquests / genocides, eternal-hell terrorism, ‘my way only!’ fanaticism & child-mutilating circumcision, have sparked atheistic over-reaction, cutting humanity off from spiritual benefits & mental & psychological liberation which are normal for Asian dharmic faith

    India had democracy well before Greece…ancient India largely did not have slavery…ancient Indian nations led the world in abolishing death penalty…ancient India had religious liberty, also ancient Persia’s ‘Cyrus Cylinder’ 2500 years ago…ancient India never sought enslaving conquest…ancient India had advanced non-oppressive views of sexuality…all without alienating from spirituality, ethics, loyalty, truth, & gentle, non-fearful routes to liberation in this life as well as eternity

    • Sree Charan R

      I was astonished at Mata Amritanandmayi recently saying that ”separation of Science and Spirituality is the biggest tragedy of 20th century.” Now,even as a purely neutral observer,especially in these days when “Science has become Sociology”,I sincerely doubt the so-called achievements of Modern Science,however great they may be—where I tend,more often than not, to think that if they are indeed Scientific,then why are we not able to solve the problems of the world today, and most importantly, why are the problems multiplying exponentially with no sign of cure in the near future, and Science being arrogantly silent about it.And it is here,even though a very under-researched subject still, that the non-separation of Secular from Sacred in Ancient India,which provided a sound intellectual atmosphere to the Ancient Rishis—along with the comparatively peaceful milieu that was prevalent for quite a long time,is of obvious importance for the current times.And also, the views that Ancient India had on Education will be of mush use today, if not of urgent necessity.

      • Krispy K

        The Western notion of science is entirely material in nature, and given the effort they have expended in that endeavour it is not surprising that we have reached a level of technological development never seen before (certain theories notwithstanding). But there’s a stark coldness about that development that comes from avoiding the bigger questions, which is why, as you pointed out, the problems of the world don’t look like being solved anytime soon.

        Ultimately, I think we can interpret the history of the world west of India in pure materialistic terms. They have lurched between different forms of extremist philosophy (e.g. Islam, Christianity, Atheism), all essentially materialistic and worldly to their core even when strongly contrasting with each other, and have rarely found a balance inbetween. In the meantime, questions regarding the more profound, and perhaps less immediately tangible, foundations of existence become not just lost but actively shunned.

        I would venture that finding and maintaining that balance is something our ancestors excelled at. The Indian notion of science is far more encompassing and includes, rather than precludes, spirituality – that is, genuine spirituality, not the maya of materialism falsely presented as spirituality. Consequently the achievements of our ancestors were far more balanced between the material and the spiritual – co-dependent rather than disjoint, symbiotic rather than conflicting. Which is as it should be. As you say, it is critical to rediscover this for India’s future.

        • Sree Charan R

          QUOTE we have reached a level of technological development never seen before UNQUOTE
          True; but time has come(is it too late, already?) for us to ask “what is that Technological development that we can be ‘proud of’? How much of knowledge and value does anyone of them have added to the society?Is it compatible with the harmony of the nature-cosmos-human experiences? ” And is it precisely here that I feel, we need an Indian Perspective to understand it.

          • Krispy K

            The Indian perspective I put on it is that many scientists have a deep instinct for something profound, which I feel is essentially spiritual in nature and drives them at an unconscious level. But the anti-spiritual dogmatic conditioning we are all exposed to not only diverts them from any kind of acknowledgement of that possibility, but limits their perspectives on scientific discoveries themselves.

            Consequently, as I say, it is not surprising that we have found ourselves at a level of unprecedented technological prowess. However, this is almost totally mundane in nature and most efforts are geared towards material gain/comfort. It almost replaces the void left by the active shunning of spiritual thought, discourse and pursuit. Some technologies, given their flexibility and power, may almost inadvertently become invaluable for deeper causes (e.g. the Internet is likely to be critical for us to rediscover our heritage) but the underlying motivations have been largely mundane, and their utility and application for addressing the problems of humanity as a whole will be limited as a result.

            As you say, we need to rediscover the balance for our future.

  • seasons

    This is so apt! Indian education system needs re-invention and investment. We have to recover from this epic fall !

  • IndiannotAmused

    The author is an asset of India……..may you grow strong and multiply.

    • Prasad

      I second that wholeheartedly !!