英国のインド植民地政策とサンスクリット文化

前回のエントリーの補足です。

Sh.K.N.ラオは次のようにインタビューでいってました。

「なぜなら英国が英語教育をインドに導入してサンスクリットの伝統を破壊したからだ」

これについては参考資料を頂いておりました。

それを紹介するです。

忙しいので、翻訳はしませんが。
  
India's prosperity, its talents and the stat of its high moral society can be best understood by what Thomas Babington Macaulay stated in his speech of February 02, 1835, in the British Parliament.

"I have travelled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one person who is a begger, who is a thief, such wealth I have seen in this country, such high moral values, people of such high caliber, that I do not think we would ever conquer this country, unless we break the very backbone of this nation, which is her spiritual and cultural heritage, and therefore, I propose that we replace her old and ancient education system, her culture, for if the Indians think that all that is foreign and English is good and greater than their own, they will lose their self esteem, their native culture and they will become whet we want them, a truly dominated nation."

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Brahmins dominate all modern professions. Brahmins have cultural capital. Three of the Indian Nobel Prize winners in science hail from Tamil Nadu and all of them are Brahmins. Do you see any connection between scientific research and Tamil Brahmins?

Cultural captal gets transmitted from generation to generation and over generations, this transmission makes its recipients well-entrenched.

If you take the Nobel Prize winners from India, most of them are confined to Tamil Nau and Bengal. Do you have a sociological interpretation to that?


Not really. All the sam, it is important to keep in mind that the social background of Brahmins in these states has been rich and aristocratic.

You mean thay were not so rich in other states?

In the south, except in Kerala, the Brahmins lived an aristocratic life. In Kerala, what happened was the Namboodiri families initially refused to take to English educaiton because of superstition. It too them some time to come out of it.

If you take all of India, Brahmins were the first to take English education, and gradually managed to monopolise it. Brahmins had a monopoly over indigenous education also. But by taking to English education, they abandoned indigenous education and allowed it to have a natural death.
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