The effect of British colonialism on the subcontinent

No, not the specific claims being made and yet:

\”It can be well understood that attainment of maturity of understanding depends on social, economic, climatic, dietary and environmental factors, that\’s why a child in our subcontinent starts understanding nature and consequences of his/her conduct much earlier than a child in the west specially because of general poverty, hot climate, exotic and spicy food which contribute towards speedy physical and mental growth of the child,\”

That\’s the Pakistani Ministry of Law and Justice. As I say, not the specific claims, but the general attitude could come from the Mutiny onwards. Darkies, you know, it\’s the food, the weather, they\’re different. Feed the same people on suet pudding in Lancashire and, well, that\’s why they\’re different.

Hell, I can faintly (I was young when he died) hear echoes of my grandfather in that (he was founding commander of the Pakistani Air Force Engineering College).

There might even be some truth in the idea as well: I\’m remarking only on the amazing manner in which the bureaucracy seems to still have rather 19th cent. ideas about these things (the Brits in 18th cent. India as was weren\’t so ravenously stupid, I\’m at one with those who insist it was allowing the Memsahibs to get out there that caused the problems…miscegenation over time solves multitudes of problems). The Raj went deep, didn\’t it?

7 comments on “The effect of British colonialism on the subcontinent

  1. Anywhere there are lots of poor children produces the attributes he says.
    It is called survival.
    Wait till he has problems a la UK – unfettered sexual activity, obesity,welfare and righteousness.
    That will larn him.

  2. Spicy food does help one understand the consequences of one’s behaviour. “Hmm,” one thinks, “I shouldn’t put whole chilies into curries. Fuuuuuuuuuck!”

  3. The Raj went deep, didn’t it?

    What is with the assumption the influence only went one way? It is just as likely that the Indians had an effect on 19th century colonial officials. There is no rule that says the ruled are immune from influence from their subjects.

    I think the British class system is a borrowing from India for instance.

  4. The guy seems ignorant of his own country, and ignorant of history.

    What if you’re poor and hungry in Pakistan? Rice and salt. Then a bit of veg and (celebration) a bit of meat.

    Spice would come a way down the list. In fact, the spices which attracted us to the East were relatively mild (mace, cummin, cardomom etc) and the native chilli pepper is sweet. Hot chillies are a New World import (part of the Columbian exchange).

    The idea of a Pakistani landlord feeding his cash crop to his peons…

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