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Macaulayism

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Etymology

The term is derived from the name of Thomas Babington Macaulay, also known as First Baron of Macaulay. Thomas Macualay was instrumental is introducing English as a medium of instruction for higher Education in India.

Proper noun

Singular
Macaulayism

Plural
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Macaulayism

  1. (derogatory) The act of westernization of upper class Indian's using educational reform. Refers to people born of Indian ancestry who adopt western culture as a lifestyle, or display attitudes influenced by colonists.

Usage notes

The term is usually used in a derogatory fashion, and the connotation is one of disloyalty to one's country and one's heritage. The Hindu Right in India often blames Macaulay for producing a generation of Indians not proud of their heritage.

References

  • Hindu Nationalist Movement and Indian Politics: 1925 to the 1990s, ISBN 1850653011, Page 343, Christophe Jaffrelot.

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