Here are two versions of the "Minute" on education in India by Lord
Macauley (Thomas Babington Macauley), dated 2nd Feburary 1835. The
first text appears more authoritative, but you can check it against
the second one just in case.
"Macaulay's Minute on Education, February 2, 1835"
Project South Asia [Missouri Southern State University]
"Lord Macauley: The Man Who Started It All, and His Minute", by M. S.
Thirumalai, Ph. D. (4 April 2003) [starting in section 19, near the
middle of the page]
Language in India
Search terms used, in various combinations, on Google:
Request for Answer Clarification by
15 Jan 2004 15:04 PST
Someone attributed the following statement to Lord McCauley in his
speech of Feb 2,1835 (The Minutes):
"I have traveled across the length and breadth of India and I have not
seen one person who is a beggar, who is a thief. Such wealth I have
seen in this country, such high moral values, people of such caliber,
that I do not think we would ever conquer this country, unless we
break the very backbone of this nation, which is her spiritual and
cultural heritage, and, therefore, I propose that we replace her old
and ancient education system, her culture, for if the Indians think
that all that is foreign and English is good and greater than their
own, they will lose their self-esteem, their native self-culture and
they will become what we want them, a truly dominated nation?.
I did not see anything like this in the text. I am assuming that like
so much other falsehoods this attribution to Lord Macauley is not
true. Is it somewhere else? Comments?
Clarification of Answer by
15 Jan 2004 15:49 PST
In many instances where these statements are attributed to Macauley,
the "quotation" is preceded by: "His words were to this effect". The
source is often cited as "The Awakening Ray, Vol. 4 No. 5, The Gnostic
Centre ... Reproduced in Niti issue of April, 2002 at p. 10 - a
periodic publication of Bharat Vikas Parishad, Delhi." So it seems
that this "quotation" is really a paraphrase (or a
reading-between-the-lines) from "The Awakening Ray", which has been
repeated on various pages, sometimes without correct attribution.
'Searched the web for "i have traveled across the length"'
'Searched the web for "i have travelled across the length"'
If I had a dime (or 10p, or rupee) for every misquotation or
miscitation on the Web, I'd literally be a millionaire. It's good
that you checked this quotation out, before perpetuating the
attribution to Macauley.