Need to Indianise Education – Why & How? (1/2)

Every country has a culture and value system that makes it unique amid innumerable cultures across the world. While each country has to respect other’s cultures and values, it also has responsibility to protect and promote its own unique culture.

Monotony is boring; Diversity makes world beautiful and interesting

India is a representative of respect for diversity. Traditionally people from across the world turned to India for guidance and wisdom to resolve conflicts. Swami Vivekananda’s strong impact on world community starting from world’s parliament of religions is a testimony to this in recent times.

Centuries ago, when Parsis were thrown out of their country, they spread out to various countries. Some of them landed on the shores of Gujarat. The ruler of the land not only gave them space to live in but also complete freedom to follow their own cultural values and protect their individual identity. Today they have become very much Indian and grown to utmost glory in this country by imbibing the value of “respect for others while following their own”. The whole country is today proud of Tatas and their contributions.

These are just two of innumerable examples to showcase the value of Indian Culture.

How did people in this part of the world manage to preserve their culture and evolve it into a guiding force, while other great civilizations of the past disappeared?

Why did great men from various fields across the world get attracted to this? 

What is happening to this culture in the era of globalisation and what is our responsibility as inheritors of this great culture to pass on this legacy?

The uniqueness of Indian Culture is that it did not let go of the core, but adapted at the outer to cope with the changing needs reinventing itself during challenging times. It imbibed the goodness in other cultural practices while letting go of those that are proved to be non-progressive, thus making it global and time relevant.

Its values, beliefs and cultural practices are not something exclusive of, but integral to their daily life.

These have been made part of their education system and imbibed as what is described as samskaras during early formative years. Long before Maria Montessori described to the modern world the absorbant mind of a child, wise men in this part of the world knew this and used it to evolve daily practices and routines, so that the utmost important values are imbibed by the child during the early formative years.

Colonial rulers under the guidance of Macaulay understood this and destroyed this great education system so that they can establish their supremacy. Leaders like Gandhi and Patel, who have integrated these values led the way to freedom from colonial rule, but the subsequent rulers failed to free us from the colonial education system.

Freedom from colonial education system and reviving Indian education system is the answer to completely revive the glory of India and once again make India the guiding force for the rest of the world.

There has been some sporadic and some consistent efforts by certain thought leaders to revive Indian-ness in Indian education. But attempts at the Government level has been sparse, probably due to political considerations. In the past few years there have been significant attempts by various educational boards including the premier education board CBSE, to make education holistic and effective (We have discussed about this in our earlier blogs). But all these attempts did not focus on the Indian-ness aspect.

The new government has come to power with resounding majority banking on the promise of India First. There are already certain signs to add the value of Indian-ness in the Indian education system.

We will look at how this can be effectively achieved in the next part of this post…

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