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Free read ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ð Pavan K. Varma On the Indian psyche Drawing upon modern Indian history contemporary events and personal experience he examines how and why the legacies of colonialism persist in our everyday life affecting our language politics creative expression and self image Over six decades after Independence English remains the most powerful language in India and has become a means of social and economic exclusion Our classical arts and literature continue to be neglected and our popular culture is mindlessly imitative of western trends Our cities are dotted with incongruous buildings that owe nothing to indigenous traditions of architecture For all our b. Pavan K Varma’s most recent book Becoming Indian argues that cultural freedom has eluded formerly colonized nations specifically India He sees a need for a cultural revolution in India Although it reads at times like an extended opinion piece Varma makes convincing arguments highlighting the importance of reclaiming language architecture and art in a way that empowers indigenous knowledge rather than oppressing it He examines concepts and examples related to language architecture and art with regard to modern Indian history contemporary events and personal experiencesVarma believes that the real strength of empires lay in the colonization of minds and he views modern history as one that has resulted in cultural and ideological conseuences He explores how English has become a tool for upward mobility and uestions the cost as the loss of one’s own language is seen as a gain in India He uses the example of young people performing Shakespeare in English with no knowledge of theatre in their own languages to illustrate this pervasive ignorance He also compares the success of writing in English to the sure failure of writing in Indian mother tongues to illustrate a flaw in today’s Indian value systems Convincingly he critiues the concept of providing important information such as health and traffic signs on the highways in EnglishAlthough India has been independent since 1947 Varma argues that colonialism persists in the realms of language politics and self image Varma believes that globalization is leading to the desire for a homogeneous identity To counteract this he believes it is important to know one’s cultural roots in order to move forward into the futureFrom a feminist perspective it is interesting to note the ways in which the British have historically seen Indians as effeminate and thus treated them with less respect The power dynamics within post colonial societies are especially tricky as colonization has already permeated people’s minds According to Varma’s arguments what may be necessary is not only a contemporary Indian cultural revolution but also one that involves all sectors of society from the lowest to the highest castes and socioeconomic backgroundsReview by Lakshmi Saracino

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Becoming Indian characters â 104 ¶ ➹ [Read] ➵ Becoming Indian By Pavan K. Varma ➼ – ‘Those who have never been colonized can never really know what it does to the psyche of a people Those who have been are often not fully aware of—or are unwilling to accept—the degree to which ‘Those who Ravado as an emerging superpower we remain unnaturally sensitive to both criticism and praise from the Anglo Saxon world and hunger for its approval And outside North Block the headuarters of free India ’s Ministry of Home Affairs a visitor can still read these lines inscribed by the colonial rulers ‘ Liberty will not descend to a people a people must raise themselves to liberty It is a blessing which must be earned before it can be enjoyed’ With passion insight and impeccable logic Pavan Varma shows why India and other formerly subject nations can never truly be free and certainly not in any position to assume global leader. Well written though at time uite long winding and excessively indignant about British slights on Indian culture architecture and literature What defeats the purpose of the book is the author's recommendation that all children in India must be compulsorily taught Hindi even those children whose primary language is not Hindi Substituting one kind of cultural imperialism for another is hardly a solution to identity issues and regional issues in India To summarise Pavan Verma makes a very good case to empower our own cultures not culture culturesrather than be perpetually in awe of western attitudes and opinions but would lose an discerning reader's respect when he talks about how every Indian should know Hindi

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Becoming Indian‘Those who have never been colonized can never really know what it does to the psyche of a people Those who have been are often not fully aware of or are unwilling to accept the degree to which they have been compromised’ Till just a few decades ago much of the world was carved into empires By the mid twentieth century independent countries had emerged from these but even after years of political liberation cultural freedom has eluded formerly colonized nations like India In this important book Pavan Varma best selling author of the seminal works The Great Indian Middle Class and Being Indian looks at the conseuences of Empire. If Mr Varma's earlier work Being Indian was descriptive of the status uo how Indians are and how possibly they came to be this way Becoming Indian is profoundly prescriptive The author expresses his heartfelt anguish at the withering of the vibrant Indian cultural ethos due to colonization by the British Under the assault of Macaulayism the author asserts the Indian elite's acceptance of the supremacy of western culture language and philosophy meant that India's subjugation by the colonial power rule was complete and this has cast a long shadow over subseuent sub continental developments According to the author excessive lionization of western achievements and culture and a simultaneous disavowal of Indian culture customs and languages have reduced the Indian social ethos to a caricature with blind imitation of western cultural and social s as its defining characteristic It has engendered an obsession with English and thus has arisen a situation where facility with the language has become the yardstick for education and refinement Inevitably and tragically in a society steeped in ineualities this also implies English has become a tool for social and financial exclusion While this is appalling enough the author says the promotion and elevation of facility with English to the level of aspiration has come at a great cost a weakening of the socio linguistic and cultural moorings for the elite who have access to English education and have adopted the language and an ingrained sense of inferiority for the rest who do not but aspire toThe author concludes by asserting that tis’ a sad state of affairs and needs to be addressed urgently lest we lose our millennia old cultural and linguistic legacy completely and become an ersatz uninspired and uninspiring unthinkingly imitative repository of western values and culture neither comfortable in our own skins nor accepted as euals by those we seek to emulate