Pass the samosa, spare the postcolonialism

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

How have the English paid for imperialism/colonialism?

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?

Indian Ink: Literary Insights into Colonialism and Identity

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

Nuanced understanding of British Colonialism

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

Why Colonialism is always wrong..

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..

Does Colonialism work? . . . metrics to evaluate colonialism

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

Does Colonialism work?

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?

Why the Aryan debate matters and why it should NOT

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