Sunday, 10 December 2017

Nehru, Ambedkar and Marx on villages

Policies for rural India came from these beginnings. These understandings

Nehru, "A village, normally speaking, is backward intellectually and culturally and no progress can be made from a backward environment. Narrow-minded people are much more likely to be untruthful and violent.... "
Nehru’s Reply to Gandhi, 9 October 1945:…/10/nehru-on-villages.h…

Ambedkar, "I hold that these village republics have been the ruination of India. I am therefore surprised that those who condemn provin- cialism and communalism should come forward as champions of the village. What is the village but a sink of localism, a den of ignorance, narrow-mindedness and communalism? I am glad that the Draft Constitution has discarded the village and adopted the individual as its unit."
BR Ambedkar on Second Reading of the Draft Constitution 1948…/ambedkar-on-villages_…

Marx,   "England has to fulfill a double mission in India: one destructive, the other regenrating - the anhillation of the old Asiatic society, and the laying of the material foundation of Western society in Asia."
(The Future Results of British Rule in india, New York Daily Tribune, Aug 8, 1953)

"That they transformed a self developing social state into never changing natural destiny, and brought about a brutalizing worship of nature, exhibiting its degradation in the fact that man, the soverign of nature, fell down on his knees in adoration of Kanuman, the monkey, and Sabbala, the cow"
(The British Rule of india, new York Daily Tribune, June 25, 1853)

Rohit Bansal
9 January 2016 · 
excerpts from a book I am reading ...
"Marxism come to have an enormous influence on a large section of Indian intelligentsia. It is not surprising that they internalised this disdain for everything ancient in Indian history, society, philosophy, faith and ways of life and religion. This sense of self-deprecation was so strongly embedded in their minds that everything ancient in this ancient civilization was denounced as 'reactionary' and everyone who indulged in this denunciation was considered 'progressive'. The convergence of the attitudes of christian missionaries, british colonialists and marxist revolutionaries towards India is a most fascinating subject of study."

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