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Re: Indian attitudes
« Reply #45 on: January 25, 2023, 10:35:29 pm »
Some good awareness in that thread:

Indians often don't realize how deeply have Victorian morality standards impacted our psyche. We today find a lot of things immoral not because of our traditions but how Victorian Brit scholars' interpreted them.

On the other hand, the following narrative is extremely troubling:

I think they may be admirers (or blind admirers) of British "Ingenuity," not British Raj. They forget that Islamic invasion ensured that India was in no position to be a centre of excellence.

This makes it sound like a proposition that, in absence of the Dehli Sultanate, Mughal Empire, etc., India would have industrialized sooner than Britain, and that this would have been a good thing! This also implies that Britain is not to blame for anything it did with the power it gained from industrialization, and instead to blame are the ones who sidetracked India from (supposedly) doing the same even sooner!

I personally do not believe that India minus Islam would have industrialized sooner than Britain, but for the sake of argument, if I did believe this, that would be all the more reason to thank Islam for keeping India away from the mistake of industrialization! We should only be sad that Britain was not also Islamized (and hence also kept away from the same mistake).

Fundamentally, the problem with this kind of narrative is that, instead of seeing modernity as something that was never meant to exist (and thus Western civilization as a unique defiler of the world), it sees modernity as something inevitable (and thus Western civilization merely as the one which attained first what everyone was actually trying to attain all along). This latter mindset will never hate Western civilization because you cannot hate something if you fantasize about becoming that same thing.