Friday, April 3, 2009

Retrospection

Just came across a few pictures and thought I should share it with you all.


A rare view of the President's palace and the Parliament building in New Delhi













Women gather at a party in Mumbai (Bombay) in 1910














"I have travelled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one person who is a beggar, who is a thief, such wealth I have seen in this country, such high moral values, people of such calibre, that I do not think we would ever conquer this country, unless we break the very backbone of this nation, which is her spiritual and cultural heritage, and , therefore, I propose that we replace her old and ancient education system, her culture, for if the Indians think that all that is foreign and English is good and greater than their own, they will lose their selfesteem, their native culture and they will become what we want them, a truly dominated nation."

__Lord Macaulay’s Address to British Parliament on 2nd Feb 1835

4 comments:

Viji said...

Lord Macaulay’s version is unbelivable!!!!! Wonder what will he say, if he chooses to travel now:-):-):-).

I really liked these good old pics!Do keep posting more such pics!

Last week i went to a photo exhibition abt Hampi...The photos were taken in 1850s, by 2 britishers!! What a breathtaking collection:-):-)!

Heather said...

I'm really enjoying your blog. Love seeing the pictures and hearing stories of your country. Very interesting!! Thanks for sharing with us. :)

Strawberry Girl said...

Terrific old photographs, love it!! Plus that is an interesting statement made by Lord Macaulay... it's so malicious. Much the same thing happened to Native Americans... they had a beautiful society of respectful people, until after they became "educated." Broken and then educated, right...

Smita Tewari said...

Thanks for sharing with us a forgotten history. The pix are almost dream-like. Loved them...

Indolence is a delightful but distressing state; we must be doing something to be happy. Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.