Did the British actually help Indians

Did the British help Indians in the field of education and medicine? Did they work to develop India ?

Before you disagree agree with me, if not for the British you and me wouldn’t be able to communicate in a common language.

Education in India

Shashi Tharoor in an questionnaire claims that India was a country with a good gdp before the British, the British exploited the country and they didn’t improve the educational system in India.

One can’t deny the fact that the British exploited India but was India actually rich and there was no one poor before they invaded ? Was everyone educated and rich irrespective of caste and Creed? The answer is no, India is a country where casteism has been rooted in our minds and society for generations.

Before the British era, women and dalits were denied education. Widowed women were burnt alive. Unmarried women were taken as devadasis. It was Lord William Bentinck who abolished sati in 1829.

Before the British invasion the education was commenced under the supervision of Guru in Gurukhuls and the medium of education was Sanskrit which on purpose limited it to the elites and excluded the lower caste people.

Yes, lower caste people of those days were denied the right to education. The medium of education in India before the British era was Sanskrit and Persian as we all know it is limited to people of particular set. It was Sir Thomas James Babington Macaulay who converted the medium of education from Sanskrit/ Persian to English. A language alien to all. There were people called Orientalists who argued the medium should be Sanskrit or Persian and not English. William Bentinck denied that and supported the English medium system.

The missionaries built Schools based on English medium with the idea of education to all. The educational policy of the British eventually increased the literacy rate. Literacy rates in accordance to British in India rose from 3.2 per cent in 1881 to 7.2 per cent in 1931 and 12.2 per cent in 1947.

However it wasn’t easy for the women and lower caste people to get their education. Women were still denied their right. Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddy was the first women doctor in India. If not for the British we wouldn’t have Dr. Ambedkar and Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddy (the iron lady who abolished devadasi system in Tamil Nadu). I believe I don’t have to explain the hardships they would have undergone.

The British improved the educational system and made it to a global standard. You may say Indians built IIT and IIM that wouldn’t have been possible without Nehru who was educated in the English way of education. You wouldn’t be reading this what I write if we didn’t have a common language (English). Mr. Tharoor
You wouldn’t be able to give speeches in Oxford and Cambridge if not for the English educational system.


Secondly you were talking about the average life expectancy which was 27 by the time British left India. Well yes that was completely not the time of modern medicine our children are going and pursuing education in modern medicine because of the English educational system. Look back in history we would have migrated from town to town every time an epidemic broke out and if not for vaccines we wouldn’t have been here talking about it.

I am not saying that the British era was a golden age and they worked for developing India. Everything they did was for their selfish reasons and there was greater good in that selfish reason

Finally.. not everything can be stated in the name of facts and data. One has to learn to read between the lines to understand ground reality. Hope those who do the research for you understand and I hope that you would not base arguments without understanding ground reality of those times.


My tribute to Gauri Lankesh

Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.

Ever since I was a child, I wanted to become a journalist, an investigative one. To me it was more than just a job. It was a dream. A dream implanted in my mind by those journalists whose writings inspired me, the way they exposed the corrupt politicians and officials. The way they brought to light a lot of scams. Things are never the same always, changed as I grew up and yes, I lost respect I has for a lot of journalists whom I adored when I was a child.

It was too late when I finally figured out journalism has turned into a money making business and nothing more. I understood the art of reporting isn’t just reporting it’s about fabrication, twisting facts, and giving importance to things what they feel is important, not what is actually important. It was about manipulation and the editors are the ones who decide what people should read and see. A few days ago I stumbled upon reading about an article on Martha Gelhorn. I was impressed. I wished, if only people like her still exist and gave us actual facts instead of fabricated ones. I didn’t realize there was one who still lived to be the ideal face of true journalism. Yes, I’m talking about Gauri Lankesh.

Gauri Lankesh as we all know was murdered in cold blood. Until her death I wasn’t aware of the fact that she was a renowned journalist. I honestly wish I had known about her and her ethics when she was still alive. Running a magazine without posting ads is something that surprised me, because today one can’t read news on the internet without closing a set of ads that pop up irritating every reader. One can’t finish reading a magazine or a newspaper without avoiding full page advertisements. The greed for money and fame has deteriorated the ethics of journalism I idolized. She’s the journalist I wanted to become when I was a child.

She was a rebel.
A nightmare to those who try to oppress others.
She didn’t walk in a garden of flowers;
She walked in a wild forest of thorns.
She wasn’t wearing fancy jewelry,
She was adorned with a crown of nails.
She didn’t sleep in a cozy room enjoying the moonlight through her window pane.
A knife hung above her head even while sleeping.

That’s the life of a warrior and she’s no different.

A fierce independent woman with the left ideology, unafraid, who rose against all odds in a patriarchal society and ran a weekly journal which solely relied on the money that generated by the readers. She didn’t write for the elites. She didn’t write for those who can understand complicated English. She wrote for the common man. Nothing impacts a reader as much as anything that’s written on his mother tongue so she wrote in kannada. Her focus was to reach out to the masses and she wrote in the language they could understand. Why did she reach out to the masses and not elites? The same reason people fight for workers and not bourgeoisie. Her articles was against casteism. Her articles were against right wing propaganda and fake news spreading via social media. She was against caste politics and oppression. The people who suffered because of her tired to silence her. She was pulled to the court. Defamation suits were filed. She didn’t stop. She resisted with all her might.

“Lankesh believed that publications succumb to favouring rich corporations or powerful government officials and politicians because they sponsor ads that are a crucial to a newspaper’s survival. Lankesh believed this would kill journalistic integrity. He decided that Lankesh Patrike was to run purely on circulation.”
Wrote on the wire writer, chaitanya.

That’s what Gauri Lankesh too believed and she followed her father’s legacy till her death.

Her finances mostly depended on the articles she wrote for other magazines especially the English. She wrote columns in English magazines to support kannada journal and her kannada translation of various books. She even made a deal with Rana Ayyub to translate the book she wrote (Gujarat files).

Gauri Lankesh ran out of money in a couple of months New India was born ( November 8 2017). Her bank balance confirmed by her friend was just a few thousands. The CM’s chief media advisor Dinesh Matto has said that he was told Gauri Lankesh has withdrawn her last insurance policy to meet ends. In a country where charlatans drive Benz cars and get into self promotion propaganda all she could afford was a Toyota’s cheapest version.

There are people who claim she would have been alive if she didn’t write against the right wing. I would say there is no point in living if you surrender yourself to fear when threatened. Yes, she didn’t surrender. She didn’t stop being a critic and that’s what makes her a warrior in real life unlike the keyboard warriors we encounter everywhere ( including the man in my mirror).

What’s the purpose of life if you can’t stand up and fight for the weak and downtrodden people. She stood for her fellow journalists who were brutally murdered. She joined the protests that demanded the government to take swift actions against those who murdered Kalburgi.

One may ask what’s so great about her that I idolize her, my answer is she has showed me what true journalism is. She has showed me what it takes to stand up for an ideology. She has showed me what’s having a spine actually is. She has showed me the ethics of journalism I believed as a child didn’t perish and there are people out there who don’t bow down to bullying. If I ever become a journalist it’s Gauri Lankesh I aspire to be.

Killed by the enemy
In the battlefield while
Standing up for the ideology
Is the true honour
A warrior could ever get

She was honoured that way. She’s a warrior. They have silenced her body, not her warrior spirit. Warriors fall, the war goes on and we will go on fighting till we win.

If they every tell my story let them say “this man lived in the time of Gauri Lankesh” . May my epitaph carry the words ” here lies a man who has seen a True Journalist in his life “.

She once said
“These intolerant voices find strength in our silence. Let them learn to argue using words instead of threats.” source : the wire

May the voices never stop .

What’s spirit of mumbai ?

Ghanta Spirit of Mumbai !

Mumbaikars don’t crib about what happens around them and ‘adjust’ themselves. To cover up for their failures to question those who rule & exploit them and those who converted their city of dreams into a nightmare, they call their plight ‘Spirit of Mumbai’ and move on..

For a city that contributes 30% of Income tax of the total collection from the whole of India, it is pittance the city gets in return towards infra development. But when Mumbaikars get out of the local train dripping in sweat and at times with their pockets picked, they call this ‘struggle’ as ‘Spirit of Mumbai’ and move on..

Mumbaikars get choked due to pollution. BMC let’s dumping grounds burn. Drinking water run through rusted pipelines. There are no open spaces left. There are no footpaths to walk. Dengue cases keep rising. Believe it or not, Mumbai has the highest number of Tuberculosis patients amongst all metros in India. Garbage disposal is pathetic. People keep falling off running trains & buses. Slums and slum dwellers keep increasing. But those who are not affected at that point of time, keep talking of ‘Spirit of Mumbai’ and move on..

Every time bombs have exploded in jam-packed trains, markets or in buses, everything was normal next day as if nothing happened and politicians with media in tow, saluted & celebrated the ‘Spirit of Mumbai’ and moved on..

Marathon traffic pile-ups, pot-holes, train delays, taxi drivers and auto rickshaw drivers refusing to ply – nobody questions anyone. Just cite the great ‘Spirit of Mumbai’ and move on..

Mangroves have disappeared, lands are encroached, skys-crapers are coming up, Builders-politician nexus has allowed the city to become one urban hell. Resources have depleted, green cover has disappeared and in a constant run to chase life, Mumbaikars simply don’t have time to think of anything. That insanity is sugar-coated as ‘Spirit of Mumbai’ and everybody moves on..

Yaaaar ! Pls tell Mumbaikars that there is nothing called ‘Spirit of Mumbai’ ! It is actually a celebration of their helplessness. Yesterday was no different.

This is a WhatsApp forward shared as received.. author unknown

Haryana Riots: Resist cult culture, resist intolerance

Cafe Dissensus Everyday

By Arrow

“The world suffers a lot. Not because the violence of bad people, but because of the silence of the good people” – Napoleon Bonaparte

What has happened to us? Why are we so insensitive to the violent attacks on innocents? How long are we going to say the country isn’t safe for women and not do anything to make it safe? From where do anti-social elements get the spine to threaten social harmony and peace of the state? The goons know that the law would take its course but why aren’t they afraid of the law? How long are we going to say it’s the job of the government and just remain bystanders without doing anything?

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Religious conditioning

A few days ago I was having lunch at the restaurant. The food was so delicious I started enjoying it. A few minutes later a Muslim came to the restaurant and sat in the table next to me, I saw him and kept munching, then there was a new man who was looking for a table tried to sit next to me .. since the space was small he couldn’t get in and he sat right opposite to the Muslim man .. sharing the same table .. the situation got intense as the new man who appeared to be an upper caste hindu was finding it uncomfortable to sit opposite to a Muslim in a vegetarian restaurant. It was evident he was looking for places to sit .. he found and moved to another table within a few minutes came another Muslim who opted to sit next to the Muslim and I figured out he was comfortable and relaxed and that made me think since all of them were strangers what made one person uncomfortable and tensed when it made another person comfortable and relaxed . The only thing I could think of is religion. I understood that years of conditioning on all of them makes them hate and be uncomfortable even without knowing. Religion makes one hate even those who you don’t really know and the need of the hour is nothing but athiesm

the ignorance of the protestors

It has become a fashion these days to support farmers and agriculture, when people fight for the farmers they think they are fighting for the labours who die every day of starvation. they don’t understand ground reality the truth is no matter how much prosperous agriculture field is the main beneficiary is not the one who toils but the one who owns big lands. the land still belongs to the rich and the workers who toil hard are underpaid no matter what and are discriminated. so when you fight or protest for a farmers you’re not protesting for farmers who starve but those filthy rich big shots who destroy the livelihood of farmers. most of those who protest are living or working in places built destroying agricultural lands.

The goal of the protests should be to improve the livelihood of the farmers by fixing minimum wages and prices of the products not just fighting against every damn plan the government brings without having a basic understanding.

when was the last time 

when was the last time you 

spent the night on the beach with your loved ones ?

watched the rain from the window sipping your coffee?

read and nice book and discussed about it with others?

when was the last time you travelled enjoying the journey forgetting your destination?

when was the last time you spoke with a stranger and made a connection?

when was the last time you spent time with someone forgetting your phone?

when was the last time you wrote something for your loved one ?

when was the last time you went on a long drive just for the fun of driving ?

when was the last time you went on a trip lived the experience and didn’t click any pic ?

when was the last time you spent time with yourself forgetting the world ?

if any 4 of the above mentioned things didn’t happen in the last couple of months you need to work on your priorities.

Hinduism explained

What is Hinduism ?
When a lot of religious people can claim or give a lot of explanations the truth is
Hinduism was a religion invented by the British when they first grouped people of similar idol worship when they made the first census. The first reference to the word Hindu is found in the Persian text .. some say Hindu derived from indos the Greek way of calling the people of river Sindh , however we find no reference to the word Hindu in any vedic text .
The word was Santana dharma. Which divides people based on Varna and caste.

Casteism is the very essence of Hinduism. As long as Hinduism is there, casteism would co exist. Casteism is oppression of lower castes by the upper caste, forbidding education, lower caste women weren’t allowed to cover their breasts, men weren’t allowed to enter temples never allowed to touch water bodies or eat in plates. They first born girl of the low castes were forcibly made devadasis and were sexually exploited.
When spreading Hinduism in the western world most upper caste hindus conveniently ignore casteism and spread Hinduism claiming Hinduism is a way of living. Any way of living that tells you to oppress others isn’t a good way.
Truly an outsider can’t become a Hindu. Hinduism is a pyramid of castes where one can never go up or down. One is born and dies in the same level .
When a white skinned foreigner converts into Hinduism which caste would he belong ?
He doesn’t belong to any so he’s not really a Hindu.

Guess who 

She was beauty of the highest form

Can beauty be a curse?

Yes, it was for her . 

Everyone adored her for her beauty over her talents. 

She wanted to become a lawyer but fate player otherwise she became an artist 

As an artist she was abused and ill-treated. She was dragged into politics against her will. 

She wanted to get married and lead a peaceful life but the cruel world of men started playing with her life. Some just wanted her only for themselves, seperated her from the one she loved. 

When she began to represent her people they abused her inside one of the most prestigious place of the state, she ran away from her home. 

The lust of men followed her wherever she went, was brought back to politics. 

She fell right into the trap of a wicked woman, who wanted to take her place. 

There are a lot of people who called/ call her a strong and iron lady but to me, she is/ was just a toy in the hands of fate and men.

Proud Indian

Proud Indian
That’s the term I read whenever I login in to social media
We are the only country in the world who has suppressed its own kind in the name casteism. After all the technological advances people still die in the gutter. We are the only ones who attack Dalits for drinking water in the upper caste well …we are the only one who kill humans over the meat they eat, when we have people who have nothing to eat. Cows are given more importance than humans and women do really feel scared to walk down the roads at night.
Incase you are proud of your culture remember we are the ones who killed women burning them alive in the name of sati.. female infanticide is still practiced and we had a system called devadasi ( slaves of gods and whores of men ).. we forbid education based on caste. Women were not allowed to cover their upper body. Men weren’t allowed inside temples .
We are 168 th in literacy, 131 in human development index, 122 in living a happy and peaceful life.

We top the list in a few things .. population, number of people who use technology and intolerance.
Just because you’re born in a country and you tell me you feel proud of all these. I don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about