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October 7th, 2010 · 3 Comments
Creolization Essay - Assignment # 1

At 1948, the British left India sub-continent after ruling almost 200 years. But they left behind certain cultures, sports, musics, education system, and government system. At 1757 after “the battle of Palassy”, which is last battle between Nawab Siraj-Ud-Daulah and Robert Clive who led the England to overtake India. And from 1757 – 1948 England has ruled over India while consciously or unconsciously they have passed through those certain cultures, government system and so on. In this case, instead of looking through all these cultures, sports, musics, educational and government system; we will focus on dress pattern, educational system, food habit and sports.

The traditional dress in India was for men wearing “dhuti-kurta” and woman wearing “saree”. There was no such thing called wearing a “shirt-pant” or “skirt”. The people were not familiar with those kind of dresses. Now if you look back to India, you will hardly see anyone wearing “dhuti-kurta” everyday life. Women’s dress patterns has also changed a lot, now along with saree, women has adopted wearing western clothings.

Educational system was all in native language. There was hardly anyone who had knowledge in different language and educational system. While England was ruling India, they have built many schools, colleges and some universities. They changed the official language to English and it has pushed the people to learn English in order to get better job or to improve life style. And this has helped the people a lot. Today, when we see a lots of schools where English is the primary language and all the universities lectures are given in English, we can easily conclude how British has influenced us over time.

Even the food habit has changed over time with British’s culture in India. Before British ruling, the food mostly eaten is rice, fish, and vegetables. Slowly, people start to eat breads, and then butters, jelly. After a little bit, people start to adopt eating schedule three times a day. And it has worked both direction, the British has adopted how to eat spicy food from India. On that time, India was well-known for its spice and England was exporting it throughout the Europe.

Traditional Indian sports were mostly football (soccer), wrestling (of-course not WWF), and kite-flying. England has introduced Cricket to us. Even there is a movie named “Lagan” which shows a historical event how in a small province in India people were pushed to learn and play Cricket in order to save their land from high taxation from British govt. So, cricket is the sport which has produced by English in India, later days both Pakistan and Bangladesh has adopted this game and it became the most popular sports in all these three countries. Today in world ranking of Cricket playing nation England’s ranked lower then India.

If we look back in the history, despite damaging our freedom and partial economy England has left many of its cultures which India has adopted and it helped them later days. The educational system, government reformation, sports and what not. It clearly shows us, how a culture can change the country and sometimes it changes itself in that country and creates a new culture.

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  • 1    antoniomachevejr // Oct 8, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Interesting. I address a similar issue. I see that your conclusion is that the eroding of most of the Indian culture to British or Western customs is benefiting India. I do not fully agree or disagree with it. Nonetheless, don’t you think that the gradual loss of traditional customs will ultimately cause the real Indian culture to vanish? If yes, who has the responsibility to ensure that it’s maintained?


  • 2    Maruf // Oct 9, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Hey Antonio, first of all thanks for reading the whole essay.
    I totally understand what you mean, but my point is to take the positive out of it, rather then negative. Culture is important but sometimes some tradition is not necessarily correct. For example, it was a ritual that when the husband dies before wife, the society forced the wife to be buried alive along with the husband at that time. It was cruel indeed. Another example was, the widowed had no right to get married again. With the help of that time English government in India, they were able to impose law against those rituals. Right now, the names behind this succession is not coming to my mind, I apologize for that but I will let you know as soon as I remember the names.

  • 3    antoniomachevejr // Oct 10, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    I believe those are called honor killings. I have done a study on such cases in Jordan. Many Jordanians are not proud of it, despite its deep roots, Jordanians themselves protest against it and fight to eradicate it, because such customs are not acceptable considering the internationally agreed human rights. I strongly condemn honor killings. However, there are many positive and unique aspects of cultures that are disappearing due to the colonial system and globalization, which I strongly condemn as well. My question was, who do you think is responsible for maintaining the rational, tolerant, and acceptable aspects of the Indian culture that are disappearing? I don’t believe that every single aspect of the Indian culture is as cruel as honor killings.

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