“We must, at present, do our best to form a class, who may be interpreters between us and the millions whom we govern; a class of persons, Indian in blood and colour, but English in taste, in opinions, in morals, and in intellect.” – Said Lord Macaulay 175 years ago. Unfortunately, Macaulay’s Legacy in India still continues.
With reference to Macaulay’s Minutes on Education, the article first seeks to study why and how Macaulay cast a special kind of Education system for the ‘British India’, which would suit the then rulers of India. The article further discusses how following the same system is still holding ‘Independent India’ back from the rapid advancement in different spheres of life that she rightfully deserves.
Please do read the article carefully and then the chapter ‘Our Views’ at the bottom.
A BRIEF SOJOURN, AN ENDURING IMPACT
Lord Macaulay was born on October 25, 1800, and died on December 28, 1859. He arrived in India (Madras) on 10th June 1834 as a member of the Supreme Council of India. William Bentinck was then the Governor General. Macaulay returned to England in early 1838, and resumed his writing career there. Macaulay was in India, thus, only for nearly four years, but he was destined to impact the lives of millions of Indians forever.
Macaulay’s Minute on Indian Education dated February 2, 1835 is a public document offers a good picture of the thought processes of Macaulay as regards the plan of education for “the subjects of Her Majesty in India.” The Governor General of India, William Bentinck approved the Minute on March 7, 1835 and it became the cornerstone of British India educational policy.
Please read the complete article at the link given below.
Please read the article carefully, ruminate over it and try to see how the psyche of this single person has been responsible to greatly influence the psychology, value system and fortune of a vast country such as India, for ever…
– Amrutyatri Team
P.S. You may like to read similar articles at the following links.
Mahatma Gandhi’s Thoughts on Medium of Education (Article in English)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR-lLpzi7JE (Article in English – Indian Education System & Lord Macaulay Exposed)