India, Its Life and Thought

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Author: John P. Jones
Published: 1908
Language: English
Wordcount: 88,577 / 267 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 48.3
LoC Category: DS
Downloads: 932
Added to site: 2009.02.19
mnybks.net#: 23484
Genre: History

To the people of the West, the inhabitants of India are the least understood and the most easily misunderstood of all men.It is partly because they are antipodal to the West—the farthest removed in thought and life. They are also the most secretive, and find perennial delight in concealment and evasion.

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ve million scholars in the public schools is a significantly hopeful fact as compared with the past history of India.

This education is distinctly on western lines. And connected with the five Universities of India there are many thousands of young men and women who are devoting themselves to a deep study of western thought and of western ideas of liberty. The Calcutta University alone has, in its affiliated colleges, more students registered than Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Toronto combined. In that city, which is the centre of the present unrest, there are 12,000 young men in the Colleges, and 30,000 pupils in the High Schools. This host of young men and women are imbibing modern ideas of manliness, independence, and liberty such as India never knew in the past; and they go out into the world with new ambitions for their country and inspired with not a little "divine unrest."

In close connection with this educational influence is that of western civilization and Christian ideals. Th

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