Thursday, May 10, 2007

Only British colonies can be modern

The "eminent historian", K.N.Panikkar comes out with a discovery that a country can be modern only if it had been ruled by the British.

While being a British colony is not dependence, embracing capitalism is dependence in the name of development.

The Hindu : Opinion / Leader Page Articles : Recalling the legacy of the 1857 Revolt

One thing is certain: it would have saved the country from the "benefits" of colonial modernity. Would it have led to the resurrection of the feudal order as Jawaharlal Nehru feared or would it have enabled an independent path of development towards modernity? No one can be certain. At any rate the anti-colonial legacy of the Revolt is worth recalling, as it was unmistakably a struggle for independence, when the country is steadily but surely slipping into dependence in the name of development.

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