|Just imagine if
for twenty years all adults decided not to teach anything to their children.
It would not just be loss of twenty years worth of knowledge but all
the knowledge collected over ten thousand years could be lost.
And such a loss could not be made up for in the next twenty
years. Several decades will take to make up the gap, because of the discontinuity created
in the accumula- tion of the knowledge.
In this way, those two hundred years of British dominance
in India created a great gap.
Most of its links with the ancient knowledge and wisdom
were broken, and it had to establish an identity with a totally new and alien civilization
with which its older civilization had no relationship.
Indians think that theirs is a very old civilization.
However, they are mistaken, they are only two hundred years old.
The British in some sense are now far older a community
than Indians. The education imparted by Maculey system has controlled many of our minds.
That which the West chose to give India is its knowledge.
Whatever India knew before 200 years ago was lost in one stroke.