Sen observes that external images of India in the West often tend to emphasise the difference - real or imagined - between India and the West. The deep-seated heterogeneity of Indian traditions, in different parts of India, is neglected in these homogenised description of India. The perceptions of Indian culture, by those who weren 't born and raised in India, tend to be one of at least three categories,
In other words, Britain changed the Indian civilization with western civilization and transformed the Indian society with the Western system. That is precisely what I want to express, in the core-periphery geographical form, it mainly focuses on the protagonist position of imperialism in society and its oppressive relationship with lower ranks during that period of history, which seriously hindered the progress of the entire society and was condemned and opposed by the proletariat and people all over the world; however, to a certain extent, this hegemonic imperialism has actually accelerated the. pace of the world’s
The British rule had a huge impact on religion in India since the English missionaries established churches in every corner of India. Since the port cities, such as Kolkata, Mumbai, and Chennai were accessible with the British navigation, they were the most influential (Influenced??) and susceptible to Christianity (IndiaNetZone). Although only a few parts of the Indian population converted their religion to Christianity, it was successful for the British. No matter what the purpose of converting non-Christian Indians to Christianity is, what is important is the fact that there are Indian Christians today.
The richness and strangeness of India had something in store for all the Britishers who resided in India during the Raj. It induced an experience of sublime vertigo in the colonizing minds, an intellectual challenge for the learned and a unique stimulus to the Britishers possessing a literary bent of mind. During this period many Britishers represented India in varied genres. Many British men and women represented India in their poems. This research project has incisively illustrated that colonial British-Indian poets represented India in multiple ways in their poems.
pire (British) Gaze in A Passage to India A story of cross-cultural resonance in postcolonial discourse, A Passage to India, plays on imperial misinterpretations and misunderstandings. Throughout the novel Forster employs a kind of cynical realism to highlight the impossibilities of cross cultural male bonding, between Aziz, the protagonist, an Indian Muslim doctor and Fielding, the English professor. As his biographer P.N. Furbank notes in his biography on Forster, E.M Forster: A Life, using Forster’s own words, “When (I) began the book (I) thought of it as a little bridge of sympathy between East and West, but this conception has had to go, my sense of truth forbids anything so comfortable” (106). Such a statement made by the author himself,
This novel is significant in so far as it brings together the white Europeans and the brown Indians on the same pedestal. Considering the post-colonial scenario depicted in the novel, the interaction between the Indians and the Europeans becomes all the more important. The diverse attitudes and viewpoints of those who were once colonized and of those who belong to the western world of the colonizers, though colonialism has ended a long time back, impart a new dimension and thematic strand to this novel. Thus seen, Riot comes out as a kind of documentary on the Indian cultural heritage and the onslaught of foreign cultures like the Islam and the Christianity on its identity. Indian socio-cultural values with all existing evils are seen from the eyes of the characters who hail from different cultures and societies.
The forces of law and order were almost invariably deployed in favor of British rule. Though there were sections of the Indian population who were more or less happy under British rule, like the wealthy Indians who were secure in their possessions and privileges, all Indians, whatever their status, shared the experience of being treated as racial inferiors. They were continually dissatisfied and oppressed by their new situation under British law. Indians were practically forced to serve and work under British men. Throughout the period, racism and prejudice became stronger as British fear for authority rocketed.
This section is symbolic of a new hope and a new awakening which brings the chaos of life in the order of human life. A Passage to India is a full expression of the paradox of man’s predicament and gives a new direction to man’s struggle and leads to the birth of a new hope that in spite of multiplicities of cultures, castes, traditions, superstitions in the Indian sub-continent, there can be a possibility of the margin-centre friendship. It also deals with the Hindu concept of the Absolute that man is a part of the Absolute and his chief goal is to unite with it. Metaphorically Lord Krishna stands for the Absolute and the Gopis for the individuals. Mrs. Moore serves as the central element or as a unifying link between the native Indians and the English.
A Postcolonial view of A Passage to India "But nothing in India is identifiable, the mere asking of a question causes it to disappear or to merge into something else". ( CH.8.P.83) A Passage to India is a novel that is written by the English author Edward Morgan Forster. The novel represents the relationship between the British and the Indians in India especially, in Chandrapore that sets in the colonial space. There are many situations where there are many differences in representing the British and the Indians in this city. The novel describes the setting of the place that is Chandrapore, which is a fictional city that is chosen because it represents different cultures and religions.
Inden(1986,1990), R. King (1999), Guha (1997) , Prakash (1990), Said(1994) and many other place their point of views in this matter in a very insightful way. The legacy of almost two hundred years (1757-1947) British colonial rule over India has created broad space for discussion on Orientalism and Indian counterpart. The English colonial rule on India was a history of domination and oppression. In Imagining India (1990) Ronald Inden uses Saidian argument to illustrate how the European scholars , the colonial rulers and trade masters assumed for the power to know and understand the hidden essence of the other and how to act upon them.(Inden,65). Inden’s work focuses how these assumed features of the Indian perpetuated the view that “the paternal, centralized administration that the British themselves had established in the subcontinent... would provide the way out of India’s developmental impasse” (1990, 65).