Today's is Jan 26th- India's Republic Day. Happened to talk to one of the 2nd class school girl after she was coming back from her school parade.
Thought of having some fun time with her by listening to her talks.So asked her what did u do in school...what's republic day..what's independence day etc etc. For all the questions she had only one answer- "Britishers snatched away our freedom and then we fought and got back our freedom"
Then she pauses and says " Didi (sis)...my teacher says britishers are very bad. They killed everyone...I hate Foreigers (For her all foreigners were Britishers).
This hatred was not born with the child...but was induced in her by repeatedly giving her a feeling that to be a true indian , we should hate britishers.
I would have been rather better if her teacher would have taught her " Indians did not have unity..and hence were conquered...and then we worked with unity and hence got independence".
It's more than than 55 years of Independence...and many still look at Britishers like villains.
They forget the main essense of all the lessons learnt during the war of independence...and instead still spend time in narating all those stories of violence.
Jesus said "Hate the Sin and not the Sinner"....... But humans are not ideal and hence we can hate the sinner also :) ...but for HOW LONG? :(
If British rule lead to blood shed...it's because of the same rule we have got a robust educational system in India. We talk of jargons like Globalisation, Liberalistion etc etc because of the system imparted to us by the British rule.
So it's high time people start thinking that everything has good and bad..and start realising the good and use it in better way.
There is a new movie Kisna that's got released. Not sure of the story...but I think it's one of the very few movies which has shown a lead lady as a Britishers..A new wave indeed.