How the English should provide “soft power reparations” to India

Watch 7:18 to 46:45 and again from 59:30 to the end.

Main takeaways are that the English should provide soft power reparations to India:

  1. England should build memorials to the brave Indian Army heroes who won WWI and WWII for the Allies and the world. The world has benefited enormously from Indian heroism; if not for India the Axis would likely have won WWI and WWII.
  2. England should “NOT” provide financial reparations to India nor feel guilty towards India; nor should Indians feel any resentment to English people today.
  3. England needs to institutionalize and support Swadeshi Indology including collaborating with India to:
    1. refute the Aryan invasion theory and unscientific hypothesis of “Dravidians”.
    2. collaborate with India to resist post modernism
    3. collaborate with Sanathana Dharmis on neuroscience, mind, meditation, consciousness studies; where neuroscientists provide attribution to the ancient Sanathana Dharma texts that assist them in neuroscience research.
    4. collaborate with India on “Yoga”, stretching, pranayama, health and (I would add intelligence).
  4. Stop collaborating and helping the Indian post modernist left and “Breaking India” forces. They often disguise their intentions with a “human rights”, “freedom of religion”, “freedom of speech” facade. The old Indian left has been politically defeated with the election of Modi. Back the new dispensation.
  5. Collaborate with India on cutting edge collaboration on product development (I would add process innovation.)
    1. Recognize what happened in the past and move forward. Acknowledge the damage English exports of Structuralism, Marxism, Post Modernism have done to India.

The more “soft power reparations” England provides to India, the more England will benefit. England will proportionately benefit more than India will from providing “soft power reparations” to India. Indians don’t believe in win, lose. Swadeshi philosophy believes in win win.

Rajiv Malhotra disagrees with Sashi Tharoor on the effect of UK colonization of India, England apologizing and paying financial reparations to India.

Rajiv Malhotra summarizes part of what decolonizing academia means:

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hoipolloi
hoipolloi
6 years ago

Shashi Tharoor only suggests symbolic reparations (one pound an year).
Sorry never heard of Rajiv Malhotra before.

I believe Aryans invaded India/Pakistan. May be in more than one wave. I do not see native Aryans in present day India. Why British should involve in this topic now? India should settle the truth based on historical facts. It has access to all education and propaganda provided by Western technology. It should get rid of colonial mentality and handle things on its own. India is bigger than the “mother” country and should not expect patronizing from anybody.

Prashanth
Prashanth
6 years ago
Reply to  hoipolloi

hoipolloi: I believe Aryans invaded India/Pakistan. May be in more than one wave.

Even left of centre Marxist historians do not endorse that statement above. They say Aryans migrated into India. AIT has been replaced by AMT in the mainstream history a long time ago.

hoipolloi
hoipolloi
6 years ago
Reply to  Prashanth

I have no problem with either expression. AIT or AMT. What is not understandable is Aryans are native to India and emigrated out to other parts of Asia and Europe. Thanks.

Vikram
Vikram
5 years ago
Reply to  hoipolloi

Even though there is ample evidence to prove AIT never occurred, you are hell bent to prove it occurred, so to give you some benefit, I consider the AIT is still debatable, just like existence of GOD is debatable in the current world (even when there are numerous Sadhus who have seen GOD). Now with that premise, the outcome of AIT whether it is or it is not is also debatable- nothing concrete, so how can you then bring AIT to stand and fight against an argument of British looting of India-which is factual and non-debatable ? think about it.

PS: There are numerous theologies and schools of thoughts on which British people (mainly English) debate and tolerate each other opinions on, but anything that will whitewash their supremacy and history, British people will never accept at any cost- I mean you will not see any British people investing time and money in researching on a school of thought, which will prove colonisation has destroyed the world to a level that many cultures have lost their significance and ‘self respect’ in this world. British will NEVER. So my humble question to you is why are you then on the path of self destroying using some racist theories proposed by white men ? Think about it. Its not about if AIT is correct or incorrect, its about which side you are ON? Think about your ‘self respect’…

Xerxes the Magian
5 years ago
Reply to  Vikram

I think there must have been a Indus Valley collapse (ecological, plague etc) and the Aryans conquered that.

The Aryans haven’t had as much a genetic impact anywhere else; so can’t believe they were genocidaires!

girmit
girmit
6 years ago

Anan,
Is the Dravidian linguistic family a hoax, or do you just believe that Dravidians don’t constitute a distinct race? Does it concern you that some Indians might hold certain aspects of their identity more sacred than the unity of the republic?

Jay
Jay
6 years ago
Reply to  girmit

Dravidian languages are separate from Indo-aryan languages and it’s a fact. Insofar as Identities are concerned, they are important and will remain so for the foreseeable future.

Jay
Jay
6 years ago
Reply to  AnAn

I was only talking about languages. I know there is no Dravidian race, but there is Dravidian language speakers. Cultures and languages are adoptable.

Vikram
6 years ago
Reply to  girmit

This is disingenuous. What is at stake here is not ‘the unity of the republic’ but the Constitution and the memory of the freedom struggle.

There is nothing special about any race or language family. They are all part of humanity. However, events, stories and certain people are special. Because they constitute memory and memory is what makes us who we are.

I ask you a simple question. Suppose you wake up tomorrow and find that you cant speak Tamil, but only English. Will that really change who you are fundamentally ? On the other hand, if someone totally remove your memories, all the people, achievements and failures you have preserved, is there any chance you will remain who you are, even if you speak the best Tamil ?

Jay
Jay
6 years ago
Reply to  Vikram

That’s why I said Languages are adoptable. I agree with you that memory plays a important role.

Butul Miah
Butul Miah
6 years ago

Are 3 to 5 legitimate postings, or were you just kidding?

Butul Miah
Butul Miah
6 years ago
Reply to  AnAn

Atheists aren’t automatically better thinkers. You have to go on a case-by-case basis. However, they have a tendency [if we are talking about “free atheism”; that is, an atheist who has not been forced to disbelieve or believe anything e.g. Chinese state policy] to be more rational. Again, this does not make them sharper thinkers automatically, but you can achieve a remarkable amount with even limited intelligence when you are willing to cut right past all the b-lls–t.

Butul Miah
Butul Miah
6 years ago
Reply to  AnAn

Collaborate with India on cutting edge collaboration on product development (I would add process innovation.)

Geographic, cultural, racial and linguistic barriers basically preclude it from happening in any serious fashion. They weren’t even able to bridge the academic gap across Dover, what makes you think they would be so collaborative with a [quite frankly] alien nation on another [sub]continent? Yes, Asia is rising. And that helps them how? This isn’t 1856.

If what you are arguing is that scientific institutional co-operation between the two nations will increase, so they better get good at it… well, that’s something that’s not unique to India and the UK. So again, why attach so much importance to this one nation? I don’t think you can use “English speaking” as a realistic bridge anymore, since so many other scientific nations use it as the de-facto language anyway.

All of this besides, the US will remain top dog in this arena for some time yet, when all is said and done. And US-UK links are much stronger than India-UK links, for obvious reasons.

Do you disagree with the fact that ancient eastern philosophy is assisting neuroscience and artificial intelligence with revolutionary breakthroughs regarding the brain, nervous system

In any serious non-trivial way, yes. But I’m always open to some surprise. Can you post any credible links regarding such areas? Note: I am NOT referring to Ayanka stating 1,500 years ago, “the winds of time-blood were but a hollow train of vessels; such vessels were filled with golden thread so fine… ambiguous go-eth the night” to meaning → Utilizing an epigenetic approach in a rodent model to investigate how alcohol use primes the brain for cocaine addiction, a field approach.

I’m talking about specifics.

Kabir
6 years ago
Reply to  AnAn

Edward Said (may he rest in peace) was one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century. “Orientalism” is a seminal text in post-colonialism. The man was a scholar of Comparative Literature at Columbia. He knew whereof he spoke. I don’t think any of us on this blog have achieved one hundredth of what Said achieved.

Besides that, he was a Palestinian Christian and a tireless advocate for his people’s human rights. The man deserves the highest place in heaven.

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