Here is an article I translated from the Hindi Dainik Jagaran newspaper about why Indians still continue to carry the burden of promoting Western interests. It is all a part of the long-term game-plan of Westerners to subdue us intellectually and make us the beast of burden who will keep pulling the cart of Western interests in the world.
Foreign Ideas Rule India
Bharat Dogra reflects on the lack of original thought in the country
It has been a long time since we got independence. Since then, we Indians have notched up many notable achievements in all spheres of life. But it is distressing to find that the Western nations still exercise a disproportionate influence in our national discourse on many important issues facing our civilisation.
Sometimes, it seems that the influence of America overshadows that of Britain on our thought process; other times it is Britain that seems to take the lead, but overall all Western countries jointly exercise a pull on the collective consciousness of us Indians. Recently, though, America has begin to emerge as the clear winner in the battle to influence our minds.
Because of the Western influence, today we find that in India there is an acute scarcity of original thought which can help yoke the welfare of Indians to our country’s unique geography and environment as well as the capabilities and aspirations of our people. The infiltration of Western ideas is clearly visible even in areas such as agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry, handicrafts, irrigation and cottage industries.
One reason why this sad situation has arisen is that after India and other countries became independent, the Westerners adopted active measures to maintain and nurture colonial thinking and further develop neo-colonial thought processes among our intellectual class. This was a deliberate, well thought-out strategy.
The Western nations over the decades have perfected mechanisms by which a small amount of economic assistance can be used to spread their influence wider and wider all over the targeted country. The Westerners offer many training and educational programmes in India. Their real objective is to single out for special attention bright students and young bureaucrats who are expected to hold important positions in the country in the future.
Then measures are taken to carefully link the career of these people to Western interests. Gradually, a belief is planted in their minds that their own personal interests, the policies of the Indian government and the priorities of the Western countries are all interlinked.
Such brainwashed people when they come to acquire important positions in the government or private sector go on to create policies and thought processes which make Indians believe that their national interest is actually best served by supporting and following the priorities of the Western governments.
Gradually, a situation emerges in which such Indians think that if they want the country to progress faster, they have to work according to the Western interests. It is not a mere coincidence that all crucial government and private sector positions in India are today held by people who are infatuated by the West and keenly follow Western intellectual fads.
The two centuries of British rule has also given rise to many weaknesses in our thought that we have not been able to shed till now. Many people from the nations newly liberated from colonialism observed that some western countries have become very prosperous and leading economic powerhouses of the world. They thought that if they need to profit from the Western wealth, they should somehow establish links with these countries.
This is why we see that such Indians talk in the same voice that they are sure will gain applause from the Western audiences. They organise for themselves education and training in India that anticipates the kind of tasks that they may be required to do in the European countries or America. Because you can increase your income drastically if you get paid in dollars or pounds, serving the needs of the Western countries becomes a very attractive proposition for some Indians.
The net result of this greed of Indians and the strategy of the Western countries to not allow colonial thinking to fade away from our country has been that we have not been able to develop our own thought and viewpoints for the problems facing the nation even after many decades of independence.
In many areas, we have actually begun to consider the blind aping of Western ideas as the mainstream of our national thought. The worst damage this attitude has caused is in areas such as agriculture, forestry, irrigation and animal husbandry where originality of thought and our own India-specific ideas were drastically needed because so much of our population depends on these.
A large chunk of our scientists have been obsessed by the West. They have mindlessly declared our time-tested traditions and indigenous potential as backward and primitive. These scientists began to popularise imported techniques and plant varieties. Because of this, the cost of cultivating a piece of land kept getting higher and higher with the result that common farmers began to drown in debt.
The worst damage these scientists did was to abruptly cut off our new generation of people from the indigenous traditions and knowledge related to cultivating land that had been painstakingly developed over thousands of years. The new generation of rural people was pushed into confusion and uncertainty. And thus started the vicious cycle of dependence on imported technology, uncertainty, expensive cultivation and huge debt.
There was also a huge delay in opposing this detestable phenomenon. This is because in a country where colonial thinking has been deliberately promoted, it is almost impossible to say anything against whatever has been declared “modern, developed, latest,” especially those that have been certified by Western “experts” as the best thing to have happened to mankind.
Now, it is becoming impossible to tolerate these kind of stupidities and colonial behaviour anymore. The time has come to take measures to create an original thought and worldview of our own, absorb the best wisdom of our traditions and develop a new thinking based on modern science that actually promotes our national interests, not those of the Western countries.
We have to get rid of blind imitation of Westerners and develop a thought process in accordance with our unique needs. This is the only way to ensure the long-term welfare of our people and retain our self-respect.
Is this why America and UK have been putting up so much pressure on Indian government to allow them to set up educational institutions in India and enable their professors to teach in Indian universities? Is a new generation of Indians ready to be brainwashed that Indian national interests are actually best served by yoking them to the priorities of the Western governments? Many greedy Indians willing to get their pay in dollars and pounds will be ready to make themselves available to Westerners to work against Indian interests or not allow India’s own independent thinking to develop.