'Mona Lisa does not smile anymore' and India n colonialism--A reply to Niall Fer guson http://www

.carnegiecouncil.org/resources/transcripts/1033.html In rebuttal of the racial-superiority and Colonial justification arguments of Fe rguson I quote from my book 'MONA LISA DOES NOT SMILE ANYMORE' (ISBN 978-81-8465 -512-4) " No human or animal desire to live in cage or chains. Would the British have sw apped development at the expense of slavery under Nazis? It is the primary motiv e that counts, incidental outcomes there from are of no consequence. British sub jugated India and sent Indians as virtual slaves to different islandsâ from Fiji to M auritius, to West Indies to South Africaâ to work as indentured plantation labour, th ey occupied an independent country and used its resources and humans in a bland exploitative manner over nearly two centuries. It is not stupid but cunning to j ustify robbing of freedom of other nations. No religion should make a business o f distributing moral righteousness by way of force and temptation to convert. No religion should have had legions of missionary priests disembarking from coloni al ships, whose life mission was to convert as many as possible. I think that th e introduction of â missionaryâ priests to convert has close links with the colonialism. Colonialism and religion worked together as a synergy to show the dominant power of the ruler. I ask why the colonizers were all Christians and not Jews, Muslim s, Chinese or Indians. The justification came from the material power of the kin g and the Church. Christianity transformed from a religion of the poor and suffe ring humanity to that of rich and powerful and Colonialism was a manifestation o f it." About the 'globalization' Ferguson talks of look up the role of Church in destro ying India's culture and religion and I quote from Henry James Coleridge, ed., T he Life and Letters of St. Francis Xavier, 2d Ed., 2 Vols., (London: Burns & Oat es, 1890), "These children, I trust heartily, by the grace of God, will be much better than their fathers. They show an ardent love for the Divine law, and an extraordinar y zeal for learning our holy religion and imparting it to others. Their hatred f or idolatry is marvellous. They get into feuds with the heathen about it, and wh enever their own parents practise it, they reproach them and come off to tell me at once. Whenever I hear of any act of idolatrous worship, I go to the place wi th a large band of these children, who very soon load the devil with a greater a mount of insult and abuse than he has lately received of honor and worship from their parents, relations, and acquaintances. The children run at the idols, upse t them, dash them down, break them to pieces, spit on them, trample on them, kic k them about, and in short heap on them every possible outrage." Naill Ferguson dreams of replicating such a world. His thoughts will come to gri ef. No East or West should try to be the fascistic moral godfather of humanity a nd this applies to all--to emerging China and India, or West or USA. For has not the West killed 70 million in II World War and this alone should be the reason enough for West or any among the Rest to not talk of civilizational s uperiority. One has to be wary, for Hitler was not a person but was an idea that was sold to millions of innate superiority of some in relation to the Rest

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