India that is Bharat: Coloniality, Civilisation, Constitution

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India that is Bharat: Coloniality, Civilisation, Constitution

India that is Bharat: Coloniality, Civilisation, Constitution

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In a masterful manner, Sai Deepak traces the global history of colonialism, India's unfortunate tryst with it and, importantly, inquires its impact on the emergence of a colonial consciousness. While I had knowledge of colonialism, like most others in India and British Colonialism to be precise, but had never heard of 'Coloniality'. Coloniality is the fundamental element of colonialism that facilitates colonization of the mind through complete domination of the culture and world view of the colonized society. Author says, "Decolonial school rejects the totalising universalist claims of Europeanism in a much more balanced fashion. Every year we publish a selection of books and pamphlets that address the key issues facing activists and trade unionists.

This treatise in fact constituted only a descriptive recording of customs and practices, rather than religious law, but it is now wrongly treated as the essence of Hinduism by liberal thinkers. Even this exertion had at its underpinning a universalized Western standard of civilization that deemed Indic EOT as mainly rooted in bias, prejudices and superstitions. A good example is the “privilege” narrative which they have copied from the West and tried to hammer in India. Now, as one may surmise the definition and at the same instance comprehend its relevance and how it has been something that has been etched into our conscience and has verily hindered our ability to smite the illusions which have been put forth unto us in the name of modernity for it all has its roots in Colonisation and the book at hand tends to address the same in a very analytical fashion and a brief delineation of the same shall be done below. Introducing such an absolutely brilliant school of thought to Bharat, illustrating it's need and significance to a civilisation that is in dire need of intellectual capacity is in itself a huge achievement of Deepak and he doesn't stop there.

This is an abysmal understanding of global history and clear evidence of the nature and dominance of coloniality in Indian secular thinking. It was to influence the Indian constitution-making process with a view to alienate it from Bharat’s OET roots and rule it through postcolonial proxies.

He was able to articulate many principles drawing on ancient Indian wisdom – which is rare in management thinking. And yet, that is precisely what lawyer J Sai Deepak has achieved in his first of a proposed trilogy of books on Bharat and Bharatiya consciousness. This tendency, unfortunately prevails even to this day as one of most cliched phrases in social media talks about, “smashing Brahminical patriarchy. The author in alluding to decolonization relies on a plethora of works produced by decolonization scholars such as Anibal Quijano , Walter D.OET refers to a critical enquiry of a knowledge based on philosophy (epistemic), and theories based on theology. Similarly, I think polytheism is an extremely poor and inadequate description of Hinduism’s ethos but is mostly described thus.

Section 2 of the book bearing the heading “Civilisation” strives to demonstrate how Bharat’s consciousness was impacted during the nation’s prolonged tryst with colonialism, coloniality and Colonisation. These statutes provide unfettered powers to the concerned State Government to assume the control, management, affairs and assets of Hindu temples. Further, this work also traces the origins of seemingly universal constructs such as 'toleration', 'secularism' and 'humanism' to Christian political theology. Sai Deepak is a lawyer who has taken up some very prominent cases, such as representing the deity of Sabarimala.If one thinks it through, when coloniality rises, the acronym OET will have lost its first letter, because its indigenous organic past will have been slayed and put away as dead. I also found it very Ironic that the logic raised by him for rekindling a decolonised Bharatavarsha, are the same ones that he fights against when it comes to Caste. However, while the British colonisation of India was undoubtedly for the sole purpose of commerce and denuding the country and all its resources for the benefit of the parent nation, let us not forget that the English language opened up a world of new ideas and great scientific developments which are worth following. The dangerous lengths to which even the colonized embraced the EOT representing a normative Western framework is highlighted in chilling fashion by Sai Deepak by reproducing a letter issued by the founder of the Brahmo Samaj, Raja Ram Mohun Roy , to the then Governor-General in Council, bemoaning the British intent to establish a Sanskrit educational institution.

The sources mined are diverse and it comes as no surprise that the notes to the book are capable of constituting a stand-alone block of precocious resources for further embellishing and distilling one’s knowledge in the domains of decolonization and Indic OET. The title of the book refers to Article 1 of the Indian Constitution which states that India, that is, Bharat shall be a union of states.

Sai Deepak also vociferously strives to nullify the proposition that India did not possess an identity as a nation state prior to the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. For someone to show gratitude for putting her ancestors through Hell when alive (to avoid Hell after death) and thank them for paving the way to spread ‘love, light, and peace’, well… it’s beyond my comprehension. Sai Deepak promotes the use of the word ‘coloniality’ to denote the mindset that still keeps the coloniser’s ideals deeply entrenched in the colonised’s thoughts.

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