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EP 21 – The story of the man who de-Indianized India’s education system forever

Who hasn’t heard this rhyme in nursery? I was taught this rhyme as well, it is taught even today and probably it shall be taught till eternity. When this rhyme is taught in Nursery, the kids merely nod and repeat the same. There is no rocket science in understanding how many of them actually know the meaning of this rhyme, since the answer is crystal clear: ZERO. Now you would ask how children under the age of three would know the meaning of those rhymes. However, the question that flashes in your brain is irrational because infants have immense ability to understand from a young age. Our children, however, do not understand the meaning of the afore mentioned rhymes because it is not in their language. English is not the language of India. It is a foreign language forcibly imposed on India. India’s native language is Sanskrit and if we talk about other languages, then Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Gujarati, Bengali, Marathi, Oriya, Konkani, Punjabi, Bhojpuri, Awadhi, Magahi, Maithili etc are languages of our own. So the question arises, how did English become so important in India, which is jeweled with so many languages? Which institution imposed it ? Which person suggested it for the first time? Before beginning with Macaulay’s Tale, let me introduce you to a book, which gave me the inspiration for this episode. This is the book penned by Sankrant Sanu, It strikes at the concept prevalent in India, wherein English education is the sole indicator for development. This book motivates us towards the development of self-respect and pride by being conscious and aware of the language, and each of our listeners must read this book. We have given its link in the description section of the video. Now let’s have a look at Thomas Babington Macaulay. The year was 1813, when a manifesto was promulgated. According to this manifesto, the responsibility of education of ‘uneducated and uncivilized Indians’ was now with the British East India Company. Thomas Babington Macaulay subsequently arrived in India in 1834, upon whose arrival he was declared the head of the General Committee of Public Instruction. A few words sprung from Macaulay’s mouth as he stepped onto the shore of India: This means – After spending three months at sea, being on land is a pleasant feeling, but not on such land [India]. How are the people here – black faces, white turbans and loose-fitting clothes, the trees here are not likeour trees, the air is fragrant and the buildings here are as bizarre as the vegetation. Yes, this was the view of the head of the General Committee of Public Instruction of India towards India and Indians. Prior to the Macaulay period, education in India was mainly in Sanskrit and elsewhere in Arabic. But Macaulay immediately started the Anglicization of India. In 1835 Macaulay gave a fiery speech which would later become known as Macaulay’s minute. The so-called reforms proposed by Macaulay can be listed in these section:- 1) English is far more civilized and sophisticated than Arabic and Sanskrit 2) English is the most influential of the Western languages. India is under the British, so it is natural that the English language should be promoted in India so that trade and commerce can be conducted smoothly. 3) By studying English, India will be able to connect with the world [specifically the English] and be civilized and cultured like them. 4) Every Indian wants to learn English because they too seem to perceive Sanskrit and Arabic as inferior to English. 5) If the British want it, English language intellectuals can also emerge in India. 6) Only by English language can it be ensured that there are people born in India who are Indians by color and blood but English by ideology. Macaulay also threatened that if the reforms proposed by him were not promulgated, he would resign immediately and leave for England. The then Governor General of India, Lord William Bentinck, wasn’t too keen on implementing Macaulay’s suggestions, but he changed his mind and implemented this immediately, allowing no room for discussion. The reason behind this was his own experience in experience in Madras in 1807, when he was dismissed from the Governorship for his alleged insensitivity to Indian religions and customs. By introducing the controversial new policy on the eve of his departure, Bentinck perhaps calculated that he would succeed in avoiding a similar humiliation. However, Lord Bentinck refused to close the already existing Sanskrit and Arabic schools in order to avoid powerful groups from the Hindu and Muslim communities becoming hostile. Macaulay’s proposal was made a state manifesto and after its promulgation, many Christian missionary schools in India were opened and laid the foundation of the present Indian education system. Seeing his dream come true, delighted Macaulay wrote a letter to his father, as I read a part of it to you :- “Our English schools are flourishing wonderfully. We find it difficult, indeed, in some places impossible, to provide instruction for all who want it. At the single town of Hoogly fourteen hundred boys are learning English. The effect of this education on the Hindoos is prodigious. No Hindoo, who has received an English education, ever remains sincerely attached to his religion. . Some continue to profess it as matter of policy; but many profess themselves pure Deists, and some embrace Christianity.” Today, there is neither the British government, nor Thomas Babington Macaulay, but if there is something remaining, it is the Englishness. While language enriches India culturally, language has also been the cause of wars and division. What is the reason that a person moving from Uttar Pradesh or Bihar or Rajasthan to South India interacts with the local people in English rather than learning Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam or Tamil? What is the reason that while there are protests about Hindi in South India, but no one puts a question mark on the presence of English in South India and its importance? This was the vision that Macaulay had seen. Even today in India, people who know English are considered as venerable, great, and intellectual. The knowledgeable writers and writers of Hindi and regional languages are confined in their respective regions. No university admits a person if marks are low in English; if one is not proficient in English; one has to face humiliation in the interview. Why our children today recite rhymes like these without hesitation:- There are numerous question, but the answer is just one. The answer is rooted in our self respect, it lies in the mindset of that mentality according to which the English language is supreme and other languages are only its slave. In today’s globalized world, complete exclusion of English is impossible but respect and uplift of our languages is absolutely necessary whether it is Sanskrit or Hindi or Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Gujarati, Bengali, Marathi, Oriya, Konkani, Punjabi, Bhojpuri, Awadhi, Magahi, Maithili or any other regional language. This was the tale of the imposition of a foreign language on Sanskrit-speaking India, the disposition of Sanskrit, the legend of disrespecting territorial languages, and the story of a cynical white who enslaved us to a foreign language for eternity.

100 Replies to “EP 21 – The story of the man who de-Indianized India’s education system forever”

  • As always: never trust the Brits. The British, along with other Europeans, caused more than 90% of today’s problems. They were responsible for Partition not just in India, but also the Middle East and other places. They are also masters of propaganda, only rivalling the Communists. In the UK today, British children learn how glorious their empire was and all the great things the British gave the world.

  • Though knowing English fluently, i talk mostly in hindi, Marathi or any other bharatiya language. Only when required, otherwise No No.
    But sometimes I feel that we Indianised English language.

  • इन चोर लोगो की औकात खत्म हो रही है दुनिया में भारतीयों का बोल बाला है इनकी भाषा से इनपर राज करेंगे हम

  • अब मोदी 2.0 में …. 1#)शिक्षा में बदलाव, रीसर्च बेस्ड शिक्षा 2#) निर्यात वाली अर्थव्यवस्था(अर्थव्यवस्था में ai. आदि पर जोर ..जिससे रोजगार बढेंगे और लगातार ग्रोथ रहे ) 3#) डिफेंस में आत्मनिर्भरता(भारत का पैसा बचेगा +पाकियो और चीनियों से सुरक्षा बढ़ेगी 4#)किसानो के उत्पादो को निर्यात योग्य बनाना जिससे उनकी आय बढ़े (क्योंकि भारत मे 70%+ लोग खेती करते हैं …इनके लिए बिजली पानी और जैविक खाद बहुत ही काम लागत पर उपलब्ध कराई जाए )…
    बाकी मुद्दे सब राजनीति हैं ….ये ज्यादा जरूरी हैं ।।।

  • Aapki baaten sunke bhi behad dard hua. Mera Hindustan kahin kho naa jaaye. Iss baagti daudti christan missionary wali duniya main.

  • Stop anti western nonsense china tools. Modiji trumpji bhai bhai. English hamara maasi bhasha. East india company vikas laaya. This channel is becoming russo chinese propaganda

  • this is not the real truth you have left the root cause Raja Ramohan Roy's 1823 letter to Lord Amherst, where he wrote "The Sanskrit system of education would be
    the best calculated to keep this country in darkness" this is just one line pura parho toh maan karega uska halal karneka. usko india pe koi mathematician nai dikha, koi scholar nai dikha kisi ko science nai ata tha … Ramohan Roy yeh sochta tha. yeh admi main villain tha.

  • मैं आशा करता हूँ कि हमारी आने वाली पीढ़ी को अंग्रेज़ी शिक्षा व्यवस्था से स्वतन्त्रता मिलेगी और वैदिक गुरुकुलीय शिक्षा लेने का सौभाग्य मिलेगा ।

    जो शिक्षा लेके स्वामी विवेकानद जैसे विद्वानों ने समाज को सत्य का मार्ग दिखाया और जिस वैदिक गणित की शिक्षा से आर्यभट्ट जैसे वैज्ञानिक बने । हमें वही वैदिक शिक्षा चाहिए अपनी आने वाली पीढ़ी के लिए ।

  • this is not the real truth you have left the root cause Raja Ramohan Roy's 1823 letter to Lord Amherst, where he wrote "The Sanskrit system of education would be
    the best calculated to keep this country in darkness" this is just one line pura parho toh maan karega uska halal karneka. usko india pe koi mathematician nai dikha, koi scholar nai dikha kisi ko science nai ata tha … Ramohan Roy yeh sochta tha. yeh admi main villain tha.

  • राजीव दीक्षित जी के वचन भी यही थे।पर अपने ही देश के गद्दारों ने उनकी हत्या कर दी थी

  • अतुल सर को नमस्कार ।

    आपका बहुत-बहुत धन्यवाद Untold History को पुन: वापस लाने के लिए ।

  • कोई कभी ये सच क्यों नहीं बोलता कि अंग्रेजों से पहले भी कोई आया और हमारी पुस्तकों और शिक्षन संस्थानों को आग के हवाले कर दिया जो महीनों तक जलती रहीं,
    कोई उन 700 सालों के इतिहास के पन्नों को क्यों नहीं पलटता है

  • मुझे आपके वीडियोज अत्यंत प्रिय हैं क्योंकि इतिहास की बहुत अच्छी जानकारी हो जाती है और आपका हिन्दी वाचन हृदय विजित कर जाता है।

  • सच थोड़ा कड़वा लगेगा
    ब्रिटिश ने भारत कि रीढ़ कहा जानेवाले रेलवे, बिजली, पुल जो उनके द्वारा बनाए गए उसका उपयोग आज भी कर रहे हैं
    लेकिन जो मुग़ल लूटेरे और बलात्कारी थे उन्हे हीरो मानने में शर्म नहीं करते
    इस दोगले सोंच पर शर्म भी नही आती लोगों को और लोग इनकी वाह वाह भी कर रहे हैं

  • Bjp hai tabhi Hindi hai agar congress hai tho sahif English he raha ga . maximum congress leaders shif English ma speech data hai

  • English ne Vedas ,Puran, aur Hindu Sanskriti ko puri tarah barbad kar diya. Bohot Bura Lagta hai jab humare India ke rishiyon ne ki gayi kojon par in europeans ke naam lagaya jata hai. Iski wajah we humari yuva pidhi westernize hoti ja rahi hai. China aur Japan hamesha Modernize huay Kabhi Westernize nahi hue. Agar History see kuch seeka na jaye to wo khudko phirse dhorati hai. Hindus ek nahi they iska fayda Muslim Mughals ne uthaya aur fir ye British ne aakar Bharat ko barbad kar Diya tha . Hindus ek ho jayo aur hamesha ek rehna . Itihas kudhko fir dhorayyega jab ye Aryavart ek Mahan Hindu rashtra kehlaye ga. Jai Hind.

  • जिस मनुष्य का रक्त इसे देखकर खौला नहीं, उसे जीने का अधिकार नहीं।

  • Na Jane kitne hi saalon tk "2 ones r 2" Ko "2 vanza 2" krte rahe hain hum sabhi bachpan me is chutiyape ki wajah se😂😂

  • Start with renaming your channel as "Niraash Bharatiya".

    The world has forced itself to accept the fact that English is the international lingua franca. We can't change history.

    So as Indians, let us treat English for what it is, a tool to enable communication with the rest of the world. Learning it purely for business communication is more than enough. We don't need to learn English nursery rhymes or plays and poems by Shakespeare or Bernard Shaw or Tennyson as a part of our school curriculum to learn the language.

    Clarification: I am not being disrespectful of the great authors and poets of the English language. I'm merely saying we don't need them as a part of our school curriculum to learn English. Whoever is interested in the literature can pursue it at a personal level, but there's no need for it to be a part of the compulsory school curriculum.

  • We need to start respecting using and keep use of English to the minimum. Get our heritage back. Let go of this assumption that if you don’t know English you are not good for anything. English is a must no absolutely not. Encourage yourself to learn a few different Indian languages before you go to learn French German Russian Japanese or Chinese. Our schools also should have a option of learning another Indian language of the students choice. Our institutions like IIT IIM and our public services interviews should not make English compulsory. These should judge the candidate on the technical subjects and check his mastery on it. But English should not given too much importance.

  • Video ka title English mein…channel ka naam English..or video hindi or sanskrit ki importance pe…waah 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

  • If Sanskrit,/ Hindi,/ or any language( especially Sanskrit) is made mandatory as one subject from play home to degree, definitely we make success in removing English from our country.
    Even it is better if all subjects are toght in sanskrit, sanskrit will rule the world. Because Sanskrit is scientific lounge.

  • Tragedy is this that i need to express myself in English even after listening the presentation.

    However it may sound, still we INDIAN might be good slaves but then we had never lost our brains. A matter of fact is this that even after 2000 years of non-violence towards the HINDOOS we can trace back our beliefs & knowledge flawlessly. Our ancestors, if had not taken some crazy decisions we have had lost all like our brethren.

    As an INDIAN i feel it should be our demand & even our policy that all major 22 langauges recognised under CONSTITUTION should be atleast taught in all schools for knowledge purpose & stress should be on understanding & reading not for grades. Then only INDIA can become one nation. I am doing my bit by telling as many as possible but also following it diligently. Let's see what can be achieved.

  • What a grate effort to promote our own language, ie. Sanskrit is the mother of all language. Good job sir. Keep it up……

  • Meccole Jaise kitne kutte aaye chale Gaye Hindu dharma ka kuch nahi ukhad sakge hum kal bhi Hindu the aaj bhi he humesha rahege Jai hind vande matram

  • Don't worry bro, the day will come definitely when Britishers regret why they teach English to us. When we ahead of whole world.

  • इंग्लिश एक no ki jandu लैंग्वेज है भोसड़े की इतनी गुस्सा अति है बेंडचोड।

  • आपकी हिंदी संस्कृतनिष्ट है
    मुझे आपकी हिंदी बहोत अच्छी लगती है



  • क्या अँगरेज़ हिंदी में पढ़ते है ? क्या अँगरेज़ के बैंक और दफ्तरों में हिंदी चलती है ? क्या वो संसद में अंग्रेजी में बहस करते है ?

    तो हम भारतीयो पर क्यों 7658 किलोमीटर दूर एक छोटे से टापू की भाषा थोप रखी है ?

  • I am from south india and i agree that we have slave mentality. We prefer english over our national language. Shame on us.

  • Abe chutiye Macaulay ka raag alaapnaa band kar re bhai. Macaulay 1947 se desh se nikal chuka hai, uske baad humne kya kiya. Ek musalman ko hrd/education minister banwa diya. Uske baad Maulana Azad ne Romila Thapar ko chuna bharatiya itihaas likhne ke liye

  • Mishraji agree with you but if Englishman not introduced English you kept continue unreachable habit in India. Before blame anyone , you should look inside you why Indian society was divided.

  • In India After 70 year of Independence still casteism is exiting. Why not make one video on it, mishraji don't make fool people of India any more

  • Our country was slave country for long time by Muslim and Englishman , do you know key reason that is casteism. Indian people never come as unity just because of casteism which was spread by ( I don't want explain) , because you already know mishraji.

  • काश्मीरी हिन्दुओं के दर्द को महसूस करने के लिए इस खबर को देखें।

  • दोस्तो ।बहुत सीधी सी बात यह है कि दुनिया के सभी सम्पन्न देश अपनी मात्र भाषा में ही उनति करते हैं, हम जैसे देश को छोड़ कर ।जापान,फ्रांस,चीन, सभी अपनी ही भाषा में कार्यरत हैं ।विगत७३वर्षों से हम मात्र बाते ही कर रहे हैं, पर कार्यवाही शून्य है ।

  • Shame on those who follow bollywood blindly 😞😞. Many of the Bollywood actress and actor are shamed talking in hindi 😞🙏.

  • अपने आप को हिंदू कहना और पाखंड में विलीन रहना भी गलत शिक्षा(१८ पुराण)का प्रभाव है।

  • राजीव दीक्षित जी का अंग्रेज़ी भाषा पर बना वह वीडियो सभी को देखना चाहिए, आंखे खोल देगा।

  • His Education Policy wiped out our Guru Shiysh culture of India…
    Showing Our culture inferior he brainwashed our generation

  • Atul mishra ji aapse nivedan h ki aap Bharat ke phele Siksha mantri Abul kalam ajad ke bare mai bhi ek video banaye jisne Bharat ke History or Sanskriti ko mitane ke koshis ki or 70 year tak kamyab bhi raha iske bare mai please jarur bataye..

  • एक सेक्युलर की सच्ची कहानी —

    तो कहानी ऐसे आरम्भ होती है मित्रों कि दानिश, आकाशबाबू के मुहल्ले में रहा करता था और दोनों मित्रों में सच्ची और गहरी मित्रता थी ।

    दोनो मिलकर गंगा जमुनी संस्कृति और भाईचारे के गीत गाते और साम्प्रदायिक शक्तियों को खूब फटकार लगाया करते थे ।

    दानिश,आकाशबाबू से हमेशा कहा करता कि यार, हम सब भाईचारा चाहते हैं कोई आपस मे नही लड़ना चाहता, हमे तो नेता लोग लड़वाते हैं ।

    दानिश की इन बातों से प्रभावित होकर आकाश बाबू पूरे कूल डूड बन चुके थे और कहने लगे थे 'I hate politics.'

    आकाश बाबू ने वोट भी डालना बंद कर दिया क्यों कि उनकी दृष्टि में तो भाई चारे को खराब करने वाले नेता ही थे, वह यह भूल चुका था कि उसके धर्म मे राजनीति को प्रमुख स्थान दिया गया है । इधर दानिश अपने परिवार की महिलाओं तक को वोट डलवाकर आता ।

    धीरे धीरे दानिश के फुफ्फो,ताया, अप्पी के 20-25 लौंडे भी वहीं आकर रहने लगे, और कुछ समय पश्चात उसकी बाजी के 10-12 बच्चे भी वहीं आकर बस गए।

    अब जो दानिश भाई चारे की कसमें खाया करता था वो चुप रहने लगा, उसके चच्चा के लौंडे ने आकाश बाबू की बहन को छेड़ना आरम्भ कर दिया जिसकी शिकायत करने पर आकाश बाबू को दानिश व उसके भाइयो द्वारा बुरी तरह पीट दिया गया ।

    अब आकाश बाबू पुलिस के पास गए पर वहां उसकी एक ना चली, तो उन्हें फिर हिन्दू संगठन के नेताओ की याद आयी, कि वहां जाकर उनकी सहायता से अपनी बहन की इज्जत बचाई जाये ।

    जी हां वही हिन्दू संगठन के नेता जिनको वह और उनका सबसे प्यारा मित्र दानिश दिन रात कोसा करते थे। और भाईचारे की कसमें खाते हुए गंगा-जमुनी संस्कृति के गीत गाया करते थे।

    जब तक वो किसी हिन्दूवादी नेता के पास जाते , दानिश और उसके तहेरे-फुफेरे भाई उसके घर मे घुसकर उसकी प्यारी बहन को उठाकर ले गए, और उसकी बहन की इज्जत लूटने लगे, जब तक आकाशबाबू कुछ समझ पाते उनकी प्यारी बहन की इज्जत लूटी जा चुकी थी ।

    अपनी बहन की चीखों से आकाश बाबू का हृदय फट पड़ा और दुःख और पीड़ा के कारण उनके दोनो नेत्रों से गंगा- जमुनी तहजीब अश्रुधारा धारा बनकर बह निकली ।

    कुछ दिन के पश्चात आकाश बाबू ने वह मुहल्ला छोड़ दिया। अब उस मुहल्ले में गंगा जमुनी संस्कृति और भाईचारे के गीत के स्थान पर अजान की आवाजें सुनाई देती है और दिन में मुर्गे लड़ाए जाते हैं।

  • Sir please system ko change karne ke lie sarkar ko right kaam karna hoga jab bache apni maa boli mein kuch bh sunte hai wo cheeje jaldi samajhte ha

  • We can't and won't be able to leave English easily, not because Britain adopted it, but because USA adopted it and has been the lone superpower since the end of cold war. Unless some other nation replaces USA as the world's largest economic and scientific superpower, English will continue to rule the world.

  • मैं एयरफोर्स के पेपर मै अंग्रेजी मैं ही फेल हो गया था तब मुझे जो दर्द हुआ था। पता नही कब तक हमे सरकारी नौकरी पाने के लिए अंग्रेजी भाषा मैं पेपर देना पडेगा ।

  • हरामखोर नेहरू ने जो सपना देखा था ये भारत राष्ट्र उसी सपने में जी रहा है, कि मैं (नेहरू) और मेरे परिवार के सिवाय ये राष्ट्र ना किसी और को याद करे और ना ही किसी और महान व्यक्ति के नाम से कुछ बनाया जाए जैसे जवाहरलाल नेहरू विश्वविद्यालय, इंदिरा गांधी एयरपोर्ट आदि, जनता इस बात को जानती थी इसलिए जनता उस व्यक्ति का प्रतिक्षा कर रही थी और वो समय आया २०१४ को जब मोदी जी प्रधानमंत्री बने,बनने के बाद मोदी जी ने बहुत सारे बदलाव किए और साहसिक फैसले तक लिए, कहते हैं ना बिमारी अगर अधिक है तो समय भी अधिक लगेगा राष्ट्र समझ रहा है इस बात को इसलिए तो फिर २०१९ के चुनाव में ३०३ के भारी मतों के साथ मोदी जी को दुबारा प्रधानमंत्री बनाया गया। दुबारा प्रधानमंत्री बनने के बाद ये राष्ट्र ने वो चीज देखा जो किसी प्रधानमंत्री ने आज तक सपने में भी नहीं सोचा था, जम्मू-कश्मीर से धारा ३७० का हटना, मुस्लिम औरतों का हलाला वाला कानून ३ तलाक का हटना और सर्वोच्च न्यायालय का आदेश आना कि अयोध्या में श्री राम जी का मंदिर बनेगा।

  • Jin logo ne India ko ek behtar country bnaya hm unko abuse krte h or muslims ne India ki history or education hub ko destroy kya unke nam ki road or unko honour dete h. This is shameful.

  • 1947 में स्वतंत्रता के पश्चात नेहरू को किसने मना किया था कि मैकाले की शिक्षा पद्धति को चालू रखे? देश का पहला शिक्षा मंत्री एक मदरसा छाप मौलाना को बना दिया जिसने इतिहास से हिंदू वीरो की गाथा को गायब कर दिया। मुगलो के अत्याचार को छिपाकर उन्हें महान बना दिया।

  • Mishraa ji मौलाना अब्दुल कलाम प्रथम शिक्षा मंत्री की गलतियों के बारे में भी बताएं

  • India ko English ka Nasha chada hua hy,France ,China,Russia,Koria Arab countries koi English nahi bolta Magar vah developed hy aur hamarey log Angrezi ke chakar mey Shash Tharor jiaise Pathni ko Pitney wala murder karne wale ko izath de jathi hy kyu ki vaha acha Angrezi Botha hy 😂😂😂

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