Wednesday, August 20, 2014
India has a rich and interesting history, taught to us in a very boring way. Even though we used to run away from our history teachers, there was a message that we all took from our not so pleasant history lessons. The lesson was: “Our elders had sacrificed a lot, and fought hard for our independence; they earned it from the cruel British”…and we believed them. As we grew older we learned history from other sources, and realized that the reason we earned freedom was far more complex than just the efforts of our elders. Though victorious, British were left wounded after World War II. The victory in World War II was mostly due to the efforts of Russia and USA, while Britain was left drained out of energy and resource. The grand empire was crumbling like a cookie, and they were not strong enough to keep their prized possession, India. And we also learned that, while the British rule in India was cruel, not all British were. So, was the history taught to us biased? Should we be ashamed?