Q. 14.3( 3 Votes )

How has colonialism impacted our lives? You can either focus on one aspect like culture or politics or treat them together.

Answer :

The colonial experience is quite significant for understanding modern India not only because the modern ideas and Institutions reached India through colonialism but also because the exposure to such modern ideas are self-contradictory. The colonialism has affected almost all the spheres of Indian society. The political and cultural impact of colonialism in India is being discussed below -


1. Our parliamentary system, legal system, police, and educational system are very much built on the British model. For example


a. We drive on left side of road


b. Foods like bread-omelet, cutlets are offered in many food joints


c. Famous biscuit "Britannia" is named after Britain


d. The uniforms of many educational institutions include neckties


2. The English language also holds an important place in India.


a. It has given an edge in the Global market to Indians


b. It is a prestigious symbol if one is fluent in English


c. Lack of knowledge of English (speaking and writing) also affects the job opportunities adversely.


3. Colonialism led to mobility among people. People started to move from one part to another within India to settle themselves in a better way.


4. Our major source of Law is the English Law.


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