Nirvanam wrote:I have my reasons to believe that a majority of Westerners continue to think their advent into places like India, Africa, america, Asia, Australia took civilization there.
I thought I'd addressed that. I think it may well have been the case until the mid-20th century, but certainly don't think that's the case now.
I am very uncomfortable with your repetitive use of "you". I don't think you mean us personally, but it does feel like a personal attack. So I'm replying personally as I have no intention of attempting to justify what previous generations have done.
Nirvanam wrote:based on the TV programs I watch made by Westerners, based on movies made by the West, etc
As I don't have a TV or watch films, the only comment I feel I can currently make on this is that should be see India as an all-singing all-dancing nation concerned only with the proclivities of love and desire as Bollywood presents? Of course not. It's entertainment, where any semblance of reality is put on hold. Waste of time and money inho, but then I am a bit of a bah humbugger
...it is an opinion you form based on a lot of little little things which give away one's base beliefs.
OK clever clogs. What are my base beliefs then?
Then you must only notice how often in your documentaries you refer to America as the New World...and how often you use the term "was/were the first ones to do/discover".
They're not MY documentaries, and it's perhaps a clumsy way of differentiating between European and American for us backward European folk
For decades I have been referring to, for instance, Native Americans not as Indians.
For example, your continued view of there existing a third world
I do not use the term third world, as I agree it can be seen as demeaning, and know many others who think likewise. I do, however, use the term undeveloped world, as it is more precise.
the Europeans brought development to those lands.
To a certain extent that's right, who built your wonderful railways?
The undeveloped world needs technology, communication and infrastructure to develop. Look how parts of India have grasped that in recent decades, we in the UK now have the ubiquitous Indian help line operators with the unlikely European name regularly on our telephones
Maybe if you read those Text Books with an open mind...or put yourself in the native's shoes and read the Text book
What text book/s? Please be more specific. History is not teaching children here that "we brought civilization to these lands". It looks carefully at the power, cultural, political and financial aspects of Empire.
I consider walking in another's shoes a part of being a Humanist. And please don't accuse me of having a closed mind. If it was closed I would still be plodding along to church every Sunday and believing that women really are second class citizens, merely here for male gratification.
Actually I have been planning on making a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) to the courts to stop teaching this nonsense. But I haven't still gotten there...and I don't know if that is the correct way to go about it. There are enough scholars who have been challenging these stupidities...
Well I seriously suggest you get in there with them as you really are not going to get very far here, as we don't teach History in the way you think we do.
I could go on, but I'm not well. I'm going for another lie down...