Did Britain Educate India? An Antonian's Opinion

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Did Britain Educate India? An Antonian's Opinion

9 October 2017

Dr Zareer Masani (DPhil History, 1977) has published a thought provoking piece with OPEN Magazine, looking at Britain's involvement in India on the 70th Anniversary of Indian independence, and the impact of British rule on the education system. 

"Far from wanting to colonise the minds of their new subjects, most founders of British rule were fascinated by India’s traditional arts and crafts and keen to explore the wonders of its classical past. The tone was set by the first Governor-General, Warren Hastings, who mixed freely with Indians, was fluent in two vernacular languages, Hindustani and Bengali, and also spoke some Persian, then the court language of the Mughal Empire. As the most powerful man in India, he was determined to rule, as far as possible, through Indian officials and according to traditional Mughal laws and customs."