This was because, the British ruined their lands, by stripping their forests and forcing them to grow cash crops. However, the Indians were positively impacted socially. This was because the British brought them universities, and museums that helped revolutionize Indian society, and the British also ended many negative social concepts, like highway robbery, widow suicide, and female infanticide. All around, British Imperialism had a huge effect on the India we have today. It's easy to wonder, and try to imagine what India would be like today, without British
But at this moment, I would like to briefly discuss the positive effects that British colonialism brought to India. First, Britain completely destroyed some Indian feudal societies and customs, which helped to promote the development of India’s modernization. Secondly, Britain established a model of Western capitalist society in India, thus laying the foundation for India’s economic development and making a great progress in Indian society. Overall, the British influence on Indian society was not only superficial, but a powerful impact on Indian’s traditional social structures and values. In other words, Britain changed the Indian civilization with western civilization and transformed the Indian society with the Western system.
The British economy was gradually becoming more and more reliant on this overseas empire; this did not arise cost-free to the native people of India. By the start of the 1800s, Indian people were under rule of the imperial British and were required to obey to their economic standards, this lead to the use of native Indian people on plantations in the early 19th century. The British motto the Indian people as cruel and as well as using natives on plantations with little or no pay, took some of the more radical individuals and attempted to convert them to Christianity and educate them. This appeared to be helpful to the native people but through the eyes of the imperials, but it was corruption of both cultural and civil aspects. The imperial British thought that their influence on Indian society was furthering the evolution of the people.
When the Spanish arrived in the Philippines, the diverse population of inhabitants were either animistic or Muslim. With the exception of Manila, the periphery of the islands had little economic value and returned relatively poor profits. Therefore, "[Spanish monarchs] resolved early that religious conversion of Filipinos was to be the only justification for holding the islands." Due to conflicts with the Dominican and Jesuit orders that did the missionary work in the Philippines, the Spanish appointed and trained Indios, those who were of fully Filipino descent, and Mestizos, those of half-Iberian, half-Filipino descent, to be priests. These Mestizos and Indios were on the lower end of the racial hierarchy of the Philippines, so the fact that they were able to gain prominent roles in the clergy show a very high level of commitment to proselytization by the Spanish.
This idea shines through postcolonial and multicultural literature, in these short stories, poems and essays: Stephen Bonnycastle's In Search For Authority, The Interesting Life of Olaudah Equiano, Black Man's Burden, White Man's Burden, and Caesar and Cleopatra one can specifically envision the oppression felt by the colonized, the hatred felt for the colonizers, and surprisingly, even the sympathy felt for the colonizers. Many, if not all people who a colonized feel oppressed in some way, shape or form. Most often they feel oppressed when their own culture is pushed aside and a new and, in most cases very different, culture is pushed upon them. This is an extremely prominent them throughout postcolonial and multicultural literature. In the second chapter of The Interesting Life of Olaudah Equiano, an autobiography, the reader can easily notice
The research done on the works of Kipling, using The Jungle Book as the focal point, reveals that much of his work revolved around the British occupation of India. It has also been revealed that even though Kipling would find it hard to identify himself with any of the two groups (British and the Indians), his views are aligned with thos of the british imperialists who are striving to expand the empire by snatching all the strategic geofraphical regions for themselves. the Jungle Book in itself communcates every opinion of Kipling towards colonization, the empire and the british expansion. He believes that it is for the good of the natives who he sees as half-devil, uncivilized and not great in any aspect. The British, on the other hand are depicted as civilized, bound by laws, are doing great and should make it their burden to colonize the undeveloped people and countries in order to benefit them.
As the junior professor of cultural and post-colonial studies, Elahe Haschemi Yekani observes during her researches on Kipling and India, the colonizer often consider themselves as “ 'natural ' authorities who can [..] teach the natives” (112) of an occupied country. This might explain from where Strickland and the narrator derive their power to torture the Silver Man to get the information they need. Even though the British men are ashamed of their action that “disgraced [themselves] as Englishmen forever” (Kipling 306), the mere fact that they claim the right to put themselves above others and to act like the punishing executor underlines Yekani 's assertion and Kipling 's ambiguous attitude. On the surface “The Mark of the Beast” can be read as a horrifying tale of a guy turning into a beast, but under beneath Kipling 's narrative functions as criticism on the British rule in India. The colonizers do not understand the country they live in; they cannot identify with the people and their religious customs, and by isolating themselves from the Indians they create a gulf between both countries enforces by the hierarchical power
The self-perpetuating power of colonizers brings about such deplorable conditions for the oppressed people that they become subject to drastic material and non-material deprivation. They realize ultimate level of lack of self respect, and their culture, native language and conceivably, their religious views are in jeopardy of vanishing. During the years of British imperialism in Burma, the native people underwent brutally degrading treatment of the authorities. The situation was even lamentable in gaols, in which prostration and anguish of the Burmese prisoners were evident. (Orwell 1) For all that, many officers of colonizing nations reproach their own government for having to accomplish the merciless duty incumbent on them.
Even though he himself lived in exile, Naipual did never celebrate the state of exile. He considers his lifelong uprootedness more in terms of a personal trauma than a source of positive liberation. He regards the Trinidad of his childhood as an absurd society, where Africans and Indians had been moved by force or persuasion to work on sugar plantations. Torn away from their homes epitomizing their traditions and cultural root, they were fooled into believing that they were a kind of Britons through colonial schooling. And subsequently, they were forced to know the reality.
The British Empire left many influences within the countries they were involved in by engraving traits within the communities they have entered. One of the greatest influences other than the language is perhaps the architectural designs that are still being used in the present day. I feel this resulted in helping people by understanding other cultures and opening their eyes towards diversity. In addition, this may have been one of the reasons that Bahrain is now the freest country in the Middle East. Even though there might have been some issues between the two countries in the past, they have managed to maintain a strong bond and expand in their foreign relations beyond the two countries.