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The Raj? What Raj? [Mar. 5th, 2017|07:17 pm]
Tony Grist
In a thread attached to a review of Gurinder Chadha's new movie The Viceroy's House I came across the assertion that shortly after Independence the Government of India did a survey to find out what people thought about the departure of the British- and then quietly shelved it when it turned out that a very large proportion of the respondents hadn't even realised the British had arrived.

Is that a fact? I've no idea but I'd like it to be.

[User Picture]From: steepholm
2017-03-05 09:54 pm (UTC)
I like the story too, but I find it implausible. To what end would the Indian government have carried out such a survey? Surely they had more pressing matters in 1947? Also, those who responded would presumably have been literate - and I think it's highly unlikely that people who had received that degree of education would be unaware of the fact that the British had ruled India for previous century and more.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-03-06 09:17 am (UTC)
I'm afraid you're right.
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