Imperialism In India

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“Veni, vidi, vici (I came, I saw, I conquered)” (Julius Caesar). During the beginning of the twentieth century, India was an independent country, where it’s citizens had a voice in their government and freedom for all was prominent. India was known for their prosperous textile factories and unique culture; however, after Great Britain imperialized this nation, life, as it was known, was changed. Great Britain believed that they were superior to many “lesser” countries, causing them to feel as though they had the right to take over these nations. These larger countries did not consider what they were doing and how they may negatively affect the lives of the citizens and change their culture forever. As the Mogul empire declined, Great Britain …show more content…
Previously in India, education was scarce, but when it was taught, the students learned about the history and culture of their country; however, this new form of education was much different. This new form of modern education was no longer based on disseminating scientific, rational thinking, but solely had to do with an acquiescence of Western superiority (Rothermund). Great Britain reinforced education, throughout India which may seem quite positive but, their intentions were not all desired. These educational institutions were not teaching what was previously taught such as Indian culture, history, and traditions. Now all that was taught was Western superiority and history. This demonstrated how these imperialistic countries did not care at all about these nations that they were taking over or the citizens of them. The new system of education was further aimed at the wealthy, and descendants of the British rulers. “Under British rule (from 1858) a new system of education was introduced in India; it too was not aimed at mass education. The highest educational institution became the college. Entrance qualifications often were obtained by means of private tuition. Wealth replaced caste distinction as the key to educational success…”("Overview for Imperialism and Industrialization”). Great Britain may have had positive …show more content…
Due to Great Britain taking over this smaller nation, the lives of these citizens were altered forever. This “superior” nation restricted trade causing the Indians to have to rely on the British and forget about their past lives. Also, the education system was altered in turn, causing children to no longer learn about their native country, but to learn about their new culture and their new lives. Many countries, including Great Britain, believed that it was their duty to take over these lesser, not as advanced, countries. However, how does one country have the right to strip another of their culture, traditions, and their lives as they know

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