Power Politics, January 2016
It is a matter of deep regret that even 60 years after Independence, India is not able to evaluate its own academic performance.
In 1901, when J. C. Bose was making waves in Europe with lectures on the path-breaking experimental research in radio physics that he had carried out in Calcutta, Rabindranath Tagore gushingly wrote that Bose was God’s instrument in removing India’s shame. In the heyday of colonialism, it would not have crossed Tagore’s mind, or anybody else’s, as to why God could not deal directly with India. A century later, India is still desperately looking up to the West to mitigate its sense of inadequacy.
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