- It has been brought to my attention, that the image at the end of this post may not be genuine with a request for info about the reference.
- Here is one reference : http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1833macaulay-india.html which I have quoted in my article : English Education in India.
- That article (and reference) presents his desire for cultural domination through english education but it does not present any praise.
If anyone has any reference where Macaulay expressed admiration for anything Indian,, please leave a comment with the reference.
Max Mueller :
In my article, Difficulty of lecturing on Religion without giving offence : Max Muller, I have used this reference : http://www.giffordlectures.org/Browse.asp?PubID=TPANRE&Volume=0&Issue=0&ArticleID=3
That article includes references by a large number of foreign writers about the honesty of the Indian. : http://www.giffordlectures.org/Author.asp?AuthorID=127 Please go to my article above and follow through the links for references.
Megasthanes : “thefts were extremely rare, and that they honored truth and virtue“
Muller quoting the Brahmanas : “Whosoever speaks the truth, makes the fire on his own altar blaze up, as if he poured butter into the lighted fire. His own light grows larger, and from to-morrow to to-morrow he becomes better. But whosoever speaks untruth, he quenches the fire on his altar, as if he poured water into the lighted fire; his own light grows smaller and smaller, and from to-morrow to to-morrow he becomes more wicked. Let man therefore speak truth only.”
Muller Quoting Elphinstone : “ The villagers are everywhere amiable, affectionate to their families, kind to their neighbors, and toward all but the government honest and sincere. Including the Thugs and Dacoits, the mass of crime is less in India than in England. The Thugs are almost a separate nation, and the Dacoits are desperate ruffians in gangs. The Hindus are mild and gentle people, more merciful to prisoners than any other Asiatics. Their freedom from gross debauchery is the point in which they appear to most advantage; and their superiority in purity of manners is not flattering to our self-esteem.”
Muller Quoting Bishop Heber : “The Hindus are brave, courteous, intelligent, most eager for knowledge and improvement; sober, industrious, dutiful to parents, affectionate to their children, uniformly gentle and patient, and more easily affected by kindness and attention to their wants and feelings than any people I ever met with.”
Muller Quoting Warren Hastings : “They are gentle and benevolent, more susceptible of gratitude for kindness shown them, and less prompted to vengeance for wrongs inflicted than any people on the face of the earth; faithful, affectionate, submissive to legal authority.”
Muller quotes : Shems-ed-din Abu Abdallah quotes the following judgment of Bedi ezr Zenân: “The Indians are innumerable, like grains of sand, free from all deceit and violence. They fear neither death nor life.”
Arrian : “but indeed no Indian is accused of lying.”
Su-we : “It is a kingdom in which the religion of Buddha flourishes. The inhabitants are straightforward and honest, and the soil is very fertile”
Hiouen-thsang, : ”Though the Indians,” he writes, “are of a light temperament, they are distinguished by the straightforwardness and honesty of their character. With regard to riches, they never take anything unjustly; with regard to justice, they make even excessive concessions…. Straightforwardness is the distinguishing feature of their administration.”
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