The motto today we follow is to look ahead, not back.
Blaming colonialism has an attractive political ring, but has become a native plan. We can accuse the British for our living standards, our cumbersome laws, our irrational thinking and so on but such changes are time barred. Now it is our job correct the incorrect thing
We allow memories to restrict our thinking, hence losing the capacity for self introspection- the need of the hour. We forget that if we remember too much of past we are condemned to repeat it. We need to break this cycle before this becomes an addiction. As Gandhi Ji said “Do it now”
In the 1950’s, the policies enacted by our constitution were to combat those irrarational traditions that made us weak. The founding figures of indpendent India evaluated society form within, even when it hurt. We recognise these internal deficiencies and in no case want to neuter them.
Consequently several measures against caste, gender and religious discrimination came to life. According to law these entire firm up India’s position as a full fledged democratic nation on the outer sphere, but on the inner sphere we were and we are still hollow. We adopted a culture that permitted child marriage, untouchability, racism, casteism etc. even now we are yet to break free from the past, this might not happen in one stroke but would still prevail if we don’t surrender our irrational thoughts.
Since the beginning the party with huge finances ruled the state or country. Take the example of 1943 Bengal Famine, when British stayed imperiously unmoved and so did the Indian of rural elite were mere spectators while million died.
But one thing is laudatory and that is post independence reform. The leaders demonstrated success and failures in equal proportion. When they address poverty, the blame game becomes an indulgent distraction. Democracy slowly became a cause for cheer not despair.
There were times when the “INTELLECTUALS” felt that the country would soon return to the original state of chaos and by God’s grace that did not happen. India stood up and faced the future and marched ahead gracefully.
We are still changing gears, setting up higher education institutes, satellites that have won acclimation, scientists have won nobel prize in different fields and probably now we are so accomplished in this computer age that we can actually teach west a trick. It is high time that we stop mourning over historical misfortunes and resolve to be never in that place.
It is a flaccid tendency to blame past for our present ills and this tendancy is widespread across several political persuasions.Remember the British came as colonial rulers and not as benefactors, but why did we let them in? Tagore once said “Satan comes in when there is a flaw”.