Indrajala wrote:Look at what a catastrophic failure Gandhi and his team were.
No, this is not correct.
Partition resulted in millions of avoidable deaths and untold suffering.
Not Gandhi's fault. He actively opposed Partition. In fact the Congress Party was entirely opposed to it.
Partition was brought about by the Mountbatten plan, in response to the Muslim League's demands for a separate state, and almost entirely contrived by the British.
The British did a lot of good in India and it'd be nice if people recognized that.
The harm to India done by the British to India was recognized from the beginning: Edumund Burke in a speech said:
What would you call it? To call it tyranny sublimed into madness would be too faint an image; yet this very madness is the principle upon which the ministers at your right hand have proceeded in their estimate of the revenues of the Carnatic, when they were providing, not supply for the establishments of its protection, but rewards for the authors of its ruin...Never did oppression light the nuptial torch; never did extortion and usury spread out the genial bed. Do any of you think that England, so wasted, would, under such a nursing attendance, so rapidly and cheaply recover?
http://www.ourcivilisation.com/smartboa ... chap11.htm
They weren't perfect and there were plenty of opportunistic characters, sure, but overall they did more good than harm. If you look at the mess India is in today, you might appreciate how British colonial rule made a lot of sense even back in the day.
The mess India is today is a direct result of British Mismanagement and interference in India civilization.
It was the British who rediscovered many of the Buddhist sites around the subcontinent, too. Their contributions to Indology can't be overlooked.
Yes, someday someone will quip -- "The Chinese contribution to Tibetology cannot be over looked." Hardly even a booby prize, and of little concern to Indians for whom Buddhadharma had been dead for more than a thousand years.
That's absurd. The state which has a monopoly on violence has overwhelming authority over the populace.
The British thought that, and they were wrong in the case of the Colonies, in the case of India and a number of other places.
That's just reality.
No, it is conservative defeatism. History does not bear your pessimism out.