In the first 'Sound Familiar' I discussed how education was introduced to the women and working class in the UK. This is even tastier. During our Occupation of India, government colleges were opened, teaching English to Indians to make them suitable to be civil servants in government buildings. Where literature was concerned, English only, 18th century and earlier.
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Reasoning? Well, if Indian Literature was taught to the students, they would realise how much older and more important their own literature was. 18th century and earlier English literature was taught because it gave a sense of order, reason and how it was best to accept your place. Furthermore, Indians, like women and working class British were assumed to be intellectually incapable of learning the Greek and Roman classics. Missionary colleges in India, however, taught the later Romantics. The romantic authors' links with rebellion and individualism was deemed inappropriate by the government, ever anxious about insurgence in India.
In 1996, I attended yet another 'Back to Work ra-ra-ra' government sponsored course - not through choice, I'd lose benefits if I didn't go. During the course I was asked to edit its newsletter. I collected news articles from those on the course - most of which did not reflect gratitude to our lords and masters (pah) in the Tory government. I printed the paper, sent it through to the Course Leader for approval.
The Course Leader, between wiping flecks of foam from her mouth called me a subversive with an attitude problem and this rubbish, waving the newsletter was nothing more or less that a communist, anarchic inflammatory RAG. She didn't approve of anti-Tory opinions - had you guessed?
I defended my right (hah) to decide what was printed and eventually she grudgingly allowed one of the articles to be published per edition. So much for our freedom of speech - ruling classes then and now have barely changed their position.
Paul the Ogg
In five hundred years time, most of us will be forgotten dust. But Hitler will still be remembered, God loves irony.