Edward Said’s Orientalism was a work of scholarship. I think it was a very mixed work of scholarship (better as a critique than a plausible interpretation of the facts, in keeping with the author’s expertise as a literary scholar rather than a historian). But it was one of the later 20th century works which ruminated … Continue reading Pass the samosa, spare the postcolonialism
Yesterday we went for lunch with some friends and rather randomly the husband engaged Vidhi on the merits/demerits of colonialism. I also had a commentator somehow bring up that I’m unfairly blaming the English for South Asia’s problems. My point being is that the new counter-narrative is that the English seem to have done us … Continue reading How have the English paid for imperialism/colonialism?
I am excerpting an article from my personal blog. I originally wrote this essay in May 2009 and it was published on The South Asian Idea. It’s interesting to me how long I have been thinking about some of the same issues. I have always been fascinated by the Raj. In fact, in my Directing … Continue reading Indian Ink: Literary Insights into Colonialism and Identity
Specifically the increase in Islamism around the world since 1900 AD. Be curious to hear everyone’s thoughts.
Please watch this video, followed by the following video: I have read many books on India preceding and during British rule from many different perspectives and as a child spoke to many old people who were nostalgic about the British. What does nostalgia mean? It means that they all celebrated independence and had a nuanced … Continue reading Nuanced understanding of British Colonialism
I had earlier posted a link to a Guardian Article about Singapore and how it was a model for colonial & post-colonial development. To my knowledge Singapore & Hong Kong are colonial creations and therefore their success are more anomalous than not. I would hazard a few drawbacks of colonial rule in South Asia: (1.) … Continue reading Why Colonialism is always wrong..
The ever perceptive Zachary Latif asked the question of whether colonialism works. I think this needs to be evaluated on a case by case basis. How to evaluate the success of colonialism? Here is one way to evaluate the success of colonialism: 90% colonization of the mind Has colonization improved the character and self confidence … Continue reading Does Colonialism work? . . . metrics to evaluate colonialism
Colonialism can work – just look at Singapore It is now a rich country in which most of the population lives in municipal housing while their children attend excellent state schools. There is a further crucial difference from the colonial past; Singapore now holds elections to choose its leaders. This was not the case until … Continue reading Does Colonialism work?
Hello from Phnom Penh. It’s interesting to note that in SE Asia the country that has thrived throughout is the one that kept its independence (however nominal), the Kingdom of Siam (Thailand).
A year after my blog post on the topic of the Aryan invasion, I am revisiting the topic on Brownpundits, not as a query into the historical question but as a question of identity and politics. The Aryan debate touches a variety of political faultlines in India and hence is not going to be settled … Continue reading Why the Aryan debate matters and why it should NOT