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Another chapter in "education dumbing people down"

When the Europeans came to the knowledge of India and it's millions of inhabitants, life in India was very sophisticated. When the British East India Company arrived to exploit India in the 1600s, there was a 95% literacy rate across the Indian subcontinent. The British were so impressed they exported and adapted the Indian education system to suit their own country and transform the British working classes by providing universal education.

By this time, concepts in advanced mathematics and science had already arrived in Europe and the Europeans quickly claimed these ideas as their own, a form of plagiarism. Hindu knowledge gave rise to the scientific and technological advancement in the Western world. However back in India the British dismantled the Hindu education system reducing the literacy rate to as low as 20% in many regions and they set about a long process of institutionalised propaganda denying Indian history and replacing it with their own false ideas. As a result modern Hindus are rather anti-Hindu in their attitudes towards their own country and even though India today remains at the forefront of science and technology, Western scientists are still using Hindu knowledge to extend the frontiers of science at places like Cerne.

A local Hindu narrative:

Science today is heavily biased towards European and American ideologies. In the process of enforcing a western education on India, what was "scientific" and "Indian" has been largely killed. Indians once followed a local Indian calendar system suited to their region. Using these systems, the people knew the positions of the sun, moon and most of the planets. They were very well aware of the seasons and associated climatic cyclical patterns indicating floods, droughts and good seasons. This knowledge led to the success and proliferation of Hindu culture because they could plan for good harvests, storage of food and in general prepare for challenging times as required.

Knowing the future of the weather meant the people knew when to travel, when to take time off from occupation and participate in cultural events. Life happened according to plan and activities happened with lot of predictability. Knowing the cyclical patterns of climatic events allowed people to live relatively harmoniously but after introducing a western calendar and western education system into India, the people became more ignorant and out of touch with climate and natural events which has led to many disasters.

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Picture 1:
The notion of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter

Across the broader mass of India there are three main seasons, Summer, Monsoon and Winter. In the southern coastal Konkan / Kerala regions there are only two seasons; Monsoon and Summer. As one goes north, the Indian Winter is very short yet Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir may experience all 4 seasons with extreme cold months and a short summer.

Will India experience summer between 21st June and 21st Sept (Between Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox) as taught by the British education model? No but that's what the schools in India still teach kids today. Due to diversity, teaching one solution may make the people dumb and they may not be trained or prepared to handle changing situations in their local environment, as they do not understand it as it reveals itself.

Planning as per western calendars is disruptive. Hindu festival dates keep changing from year to year. In trying to please west, Indian govt has placed an unnecessary burden on all Indians. By destroying the traditional knowledge, people don't follow their natural seasonal cycles. There is less planning and life is more chaotic. Due to this chaotic nature, things are not in optimal fashion and India is paying a heavy price for the inefficiency.

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"I have given couple of pictures to show, how western system actually maps to Indian system. See western summer and Indian summer (images 1 and 2). Then you know, how govt's education policy has destroyed the farmers traditional knowledge. A farmer is quoted as an un-educated fool, who still banks on unpredictable rains. Rains are very much predictable in India. Unlike west, where rainy conditions change with in a day, rains in India happens due to monsoon. True there are couple of parameters that alters the cycle (lik El-Nino, Indian Ocean Dipole etc, But they are also cyclical). As the parameters are cyclical, it is not difficult to predict rainy season. The exact days and how much rains may need some weather models. But by employing statistical methods, these cycles can also be approximated to a acceptable level. The errors in statistical models may not affect much.

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In ancient times, Farmers were the most advanced group, who operated very efficiently. India was prosperous due to its food security and surplus grains. Many community lunches were hosted to make use of the excess food grains. Milk products and salt were distributed free of cost. Only due to the farmers India flourished. Only due to farmers, other professions got their revenues and life. Today, we are trying to dominate the farmer, who was the end pay master. In the name of giving services to a farmer, we are demeaning the services delivered by farmers to the society. This is not good. India made lot of money in the past, by exporting its surplus. Today, India hardly exports any grains. By neglecting Indian farmer, India will endanger its own food security. Without food security, India will not be able to sustain any other achievements. Food is the basic necessity. Instead of achieving a global super giant status in IT, India must had the goal of achieving the same status in agriculture. World should have looked for India for any agrarian problem. Then India had the strategic advantage.

We are teaching complex calculus to every body, Hardly 1% may use it. We are not teaching common sense knowledge, like seasons to our kids. We are not teaching economics, while everyone needs this branch of science to understand, How oneself will link to prosperity of the nation (also required to understand supply-demand gaps and resulting price variations)?. An general education in economy could help in reducing black marketing. Similarly, ignorance of law is not an excuse in courts. But not even 1 IPC section is taught in schools. Citizens are kept completely in dark regarding legal knowledge. Civilian society is based on legal frameworks. For prosperity of democracy, everyone should understand the fundamental laws of the country, especially common law, law of contracts and personal laws. A reasonable criminal law is also required to be understood. But our education teaches something in hurry or people are made to concentrate on science and maths, ignoring these important basic knowledge, so that, they continue to suffer through out their life."

By ಮಳೆ - ಬೆಳೆ Male Bele

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