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Becoming Indian Pavan K. Varma Becoming Indian Those who have never been colonized can never really know what it does to the psyche of a people Those who have been are often not fully aware of or are unwilling to accept the degree to which they ha

  • Title: Becoming Indian
  • Author: Pavan K. Varma
  • ISBN: 9780670083466
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Becoming Indian Pavan K. Varma Those who have never been colonized can never really know what it does to the psyche of a people Those who have been are often not fully aware of or are unwilling to accept the degree to which they have been compromised Till just a few decades ago, much of the world was carved into empires By the mid twentieth century independent countries had emerged from these, but Those who have never been colonized can never really know what it does to the psyche of a people Those who have been are often not fully aware of or are unwilling to accept the degree to which they have been compromised Till just a few decades ago, much of the world was carved into empires By the mid twentieth century independent countries had emerged from these, but even after years of political liberation, cultural freedom has eluded formerly colonized nations like India In this important book, Pavan Varma, best selling author of the seminal works The Great Indian Middle Class and Being Indian, looks at the consequences of Empire on the Indian psyche Drawing upon modern Indian history, contemporary events and personal experience, he examines how and why the legacies of colonialism persist in our everyday life, affecting our language, politics, creative expression and self image Over six decades after Independence , English remains the most powerful language in India , and has become a means of social and economic exclusion Our classical arts and literature continue to be neglected, and our popular culture is mindlessly imitative of western trends Our cities are dotted with incongruous buildings that owe nothing to indigenous traditions of architecture For all our bravado as an emerging superpower, we remain unnaturally sensitive to both criticism and praise from the Anglo Saxon world and hunger for its approval And outside North Block, the headquarters of free India s Ministry of Home Affairs, a visitor can still read these lines inscribed by the colonial rulers Liberty will not descend to a people, a people must raise themselves to liberty It is a blessing which must be earned before it can be enjoyed With passion, insight and impeccable logic, Pavan Varma shows why India , and other formerly subject nations, can never truly be free and certainly not in any position to assume global leader
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    1. If Mr Varma s earlier work, Being Indian was descriptive of the status quo how Indians are and how, possibly, they came to be this way , Becoming Indian is profoundly prescriptive The author expresses his heartfelt anguish at the withering of the vibrant Indian cultural ethos due to colonization by the British Under the assault of Macaulayism, the author asserts, the Indian elite s acceptance of the supremacy of western culture, language and philosophy meant that India s subjugation by the colon [...]

    2. Brilliant Absolutely brilliant A must read for all Indiansrhaps should be a part of curriculum in all the schools This book is a notch above Being Indian and The Great Indian Middle Class both outstanding books by the same author It is evident that the author is pouring his heart out And how well he does it One can relate to almost everything that has been written The book is riddled with gems It raises some questions as well While commenting on the 1997 Commonwealth Summit, the author makes a p [...]

    3. Pavan K Varma s most recent book, Becoming Indian, argues that cultural freedom has eluded formerly colonized nations, specifically India He sees a need for a cultural revolution in India Although it reads at times like an extended opinion piece, Varma makes convincing arguments highlighting the importance of reclaiming language, architecture, and art in a way that empowers indigenous knowledge rather than oppressing it He examines concepts and examples related to language, architecture, and art [...]

    4. When you come across something which speaks the same language as you think it leaves you speechless and you admire it Same goes for this book written by Pavan Varma It is undoubtedly the best non fiction book i have come across till date It is a mirror in which we can see ourselves and we must try to re organize ourselves after seeing ourselves in that mirror It talks a lot and lot It starts from the time Lord Macaulay to the time Chandigarh was designed by a non indian after independence It sta [...]

    5. Copies, however good, cannot be as valuable as original The book has definitely added dimensions to my thinking regarding identities, culture, homogeneity and diversity in the society It has provoked me to ask myself some difficult questions and brought some things into focus which were lost in the background.It also makes me question whether we as a country are adopting a better approach to resolve cultural differences among diverse communities than the western countries which are trying to co [...]

    6. Well written, though at time quite long winding and excessively indignant about British slights on Indian culture, architecture and literature What defeats the purpose of the book is the author s recommendation that all children in India must be compulsorily taught Hindi, even those children whose primary language is not Hindi Substituting one kind of cultural imperialism for another is hardly a solution to identity issues and regional issues in India To summarise, Pavan Verma makes a very good [...]

    7. the book turned out to be quite dfferent from what i had thought when i picked it up its about indian immigrants in UK and indian elites than about indians in india i had hoped it to be focused on what it means to be indian in india and how we hold almost everything western on a pedestal without giving it a second thought.

    8. This is one of the best piece of work on India for the beginners Who want to know India in one book should read this book And also those who are starting to know I must say this book has changed my perception about India Very big thank you to the writer.

    9. Just don t agree with his PoV, so much so that I couldn t get myself to even finish the book Overall, a very conservative view point not my thing.

    10. A biting evaluation of the deep and continued impact of colonialism on Indian culture and psychology Verma laments the fact that Indian languages today are forgotten, mangled or cast aside as low class in favour of English He talks about the lack of care applied to the preservation of Indian art, music, history and culture although European style artistic sensibilities are in vogue in modern India He characterizes many Indians in the past and today as sad parodies that mimic the very people that [...]

    11. This focuses on how a colonized people Indians create their identity as they decolonize I m very interested in the subject, but I didn t agree with the prescription and I think his companion volume Being Indian is actually much nuanced and insightful though I gave them the same number of stars based largely on my sense of how viable the project itself is I think my dad s penciled interlineations raising questions and disagreeing may have influenced me I wonder if there is a book that discusses [...]

    12. The book delves deep into both our psyche and our history, hunting for the answers that I asked in the post Urban India The English Republic or Macaulay s Children It starts from colonial rule, and the introduction of English education It traces how jobs became dependent on knowledge of English how cultural imperialism imposed its ugly head on our ancient land, and the attendant inferiority complex that became associated with being Indian Hence the apt title of the book Becoming Indian The book [...]

    13. Inscribed on the secretariat at North Block are the lines A Liberty will not descend to a people, a people must raise themselves to liberty It is a blessing which must be earned before it can be enjoyed Niall Ferguson, the Harvard historian calls these lines the most condescending in the entire history of the Empire This book written by the erudite Ambassador to Bhutan is based on the premise that culture and identity of India needs to be reclaimed as a matter of national pride, unity and collec [...]

    14. The book is a deep examination of culture and identity Verma s focus in on the effects of colonization on the psyche of a people, the class structures it creates, and how they unknowingly get perpetuated even years after the end of colonization He argues that British policies in various areas served to undermine the local religion, knowledge system, language, belief structures, etc and then replaced it with what the colonizer wanted Not very different from how a foreign power first demonizes the [...]

    15. I loved the book for several reasons As a nation, we do not appreciate the traditions we have inherited linguistic, social, intellectual He s making an important point here that Indians have come away with the feeling that everything western is somehow superior to what is Indian The book is repetitive in some places, I noticed, but overall I think what he says is of great value We ve got to be grounded in our traditions and our culture before we figure out what to borrow from others From the poi [...]

    16. One interesting nonfiction on culture and identity I read so far Easy and quick read, as this book s cover which quotes the Telegraph stating the book for every young man and woman of the country should read I recommend this book for those who are interested on culture and identity particularly on India and the rest of those who are in the midst of globalization and its effect on their identity The reasons I liked this book clearly mentions on the aspects of colonialism particularly the case of [...]

    17. While the whole book is an interesting and informative read, I found the chapters titled Colonial Amnesia A Tale of Two Cities , Creativity and Distortion and Within the Global Village Asymmetry and Co option to be most insightful.

    18. Awesome book must read for every Indian The author has a gift with words and he mesmerizes the reader with his style The content and the context are as interesting.The depth of research is amazing and one cannot but be affected by the book Highly recommended to all Indians.

    19. A very thought provoking insight to what we really are and we, as Indians, making of us Imitating west is not going to help us Very new information too Especially about Max Muller, Raja Ram Mohan Roy, about Hindi as a language, any many other things too

    20. An eye opener from a former Indian Foreign Services officer on how, we as Indians are losing our identity as Indians.

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