Friday, November 25, 2011

the beautiful tree

Excerpt from the book 'The Beautiful Tree' by James Tooley

I say without fear of my figures being challenged successfully, that today India is more illiterate than it was fifty or a hundred years ago, and so is Burma, because the British administrators, when they came to India, instead of taking hold of things as they were,  began to root them out. They scratched the soil and began to work at the root,  and left the root like that, and the beautiful tree perished. 
That was Mahatma Gandhi during his visit to London on October 20, 1931. 


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