I have been trying all day to get my hands on this.
I failed. Apparently the book isn’t really published in the South. I may try a large publishing house like Higginbothams but it’s apparently a weird book.
I think everyone has covered this. My point however is something different…
“They easily cheat, tell lies, forget promises, they are dishonest and tell bad words, steal, fight and turn to violence and commit sex crimes,“
I will point out that India still has the unnatural sexual acts law which makes fellatio and cunnilingus a sexual deviation punishable by law.
How bad do you have to be at giving head to actually be reported to the police? God Avi! That was so fucking terrible I needed to call the cops. Maybe next time you won’t be as terrible as this!
I think David Poddar is thinking of a different kind of meat swallowing.
However this is the most amusing one…
“The Arabs who helped in constructing the Suez Canal lived on wheat and dates and were superior to the beef-fed Englishmen engaged in the same work.”
I am rather proud to be Indian and proud to be British. I know my history.
Which is why when someone says something like this all that goes through my head is “If the Rosbif are so indolent, vapid and prone to sex crime, and the vegetarian Hindus and (hah! I have lived in the middle east. Arabs LOVE meat! Middle Eastern Food is a meat lover’s heaven.) those date and wheat eating arabs are this superior. Then How the fucking hell did the beef eaters freaking take over both the Arabs and the Indians? Last I heard the incredibly superior arabs were on the receiving end of the colonial stick. As were the Indians. It’s kind of hard to claim that you are superior to the Englishmen in every single way after losing to them over and over.
I laugh about this but in India this kind of historical revisionism is very very common.
One of the greatest tragedies of the way India treats its history is WW2. Many Indians (including the Late Bal Thackeray, whose achievements in life drove me to atheism. A man of sectarianism, violence. He embarassed me to be a Hindu when I was 7, he sowed the seeds for countless hindu atheists across the planet) believe that Hitler wasn’t so bad. That the Japanese would “liberate” India. Why? Because one of the most famous Indian heroes was a collaborationist.
In WW2 2.5 million Indians died due to the Japanese. India was in the top ten HIGHEST death tolls amongst all countries in WW2. Indian soldiers helped forge India’s freedom by fighting as part of the deal of non-interference and non-agitation during WW2 in exchange for freedom. These soldiers guaranteed India’s freedom and fought both internal threats such as the seccession of states such as the Nizam of Hyderabad and Invasions such as that of Kashmir. Without these men and women India would be a fractured balkanised state rather than a nation trying to be a superpower. These 2.5 million deaths are casually ignored because it would portray a national hero in a terrible light. Subash Chandra Bose collaborated with both the Nazis and the Japanese during WW2 causing countless atrocities in India.
India would rather remember his ideological opposition to the British rather than the effect of his allies and the formation of the Indian National Army which if it would have succeeded would have been a second tragedy like China or South East Asia. Many Indians straight up didn’t believe that they fought in WW2 and often doing remarkable things.
And it boils down to literature like this. Where reality is ignored for fairy tales in order to feel superior.
The ultimate joke is Indians aren’t taught real achievements of historical Indians. Not many would explain the validity of the zero. The invention of cataract surgery and plastic surgery. The first doctrines of opiate usage as a pain killer. The first cleanliness doctrines. The discovery of the predecessor for vaccinations… Indian developed rockets were what the british took as weapons not the chinese ones which were a protected state secret even in the 1700s.
Ramanujam, Bose and even modern-day scientific greats as Ramachandran are all Indian. They never get a shout out. Most Indians don’t even know who they are. Ramanujam is more remembered for dying tragically rather than his mathematics.
Did you know most Indians couldn’t name the first Indian woman in space or the first career astronaut? (Kalpana Chawla). This is a person who should have been treated like Neil Armstrong! Why? Because there is a distinct part of India that is so fascinated by the achievements of the west that it feels inferior. That rather than build new things to be proud of it has to change history, but as it does it forgets the real things to be proud of. And this faction of people write textbooks. And politicians LOVE being told they are awesome rather than the reality of the situation so they flog these textbooks which fellate their ego and the ego of their constituents.
Save the fairy tales for bed time stories, don’t faff around with History or Science. All that occurs is you create generations who make the same mistakes as their ancestors. And worse, who don’t realise that their own culture is marvellous and worth preserving. Or worse who think that their culture is a lie because the only people telling them about their culture are liars.
Until then? I have a hankering for some Sex Crime… I mean a Big Mac!!!