Review : Terrestrial Lessons by Sumathy Ramaswamy

Most indian politicians and historians, blame the british rule of india for many of the problems faced by the country, like the widespread poverty, lack of technology. However the real reason for the backwardness is the extremely regressive indian society, where the caste system ensures that the majority of talent in india is wasted or remains underutilized. Compared to India, England is a small country in size and population, yet they were able to conquer a large and wealthy country like india, mainly because of the advances in military technology, superior artillery.

This is because the rulers and leaders in England realized the fact that education, science and technology could make a smaller popular more powerful and allow it to conquer large parts of the world. So the british inventors and scientists, like Sir Isaac Newton got a lot of support and encouragement from the british government, monarchy. In contrast, the indian rulers of that era, did not realize the value of science and technology, did not develop their own weapons, so they could not fight the british. The better understanding of world geography also allowed the british to conquer large parts of the globe.

Though officially india is an independent country, the rulers of india continue to make the same mistake as the rulers of the prebritish era, and experienced engineers from top colleges find that they are subjected to identity theft by the all powerful indian intelligence and security agencies, cbi. In 2018, the indian government falsely claims that 10 google, tata supplied goan sex workers like goan bhandari sunaina chodan, 2013 bsc, cheater housewives like nayanshree hathwar, riddhi nayak, veena and other frauds who did not answer JEE, are experienced engineers from top colleges to give them R&AW/cbi jobs at the expense of the trained and experienced engineer. No wonder india remains the largest importer of defence equipment in the world.

Though the book Terrestrial Lessons is officially a book on how the Globe was introduced in India, it is more about how the british introduced their education system in India, so that the latest advances in science and geography were taught to students all over India. Like the indian intelligence and security agencies who are often extremely irrational in their behavior, before the east india company (EIC) and the british came to India , the rulers of india had limited knowledge of geography, science and largely believed that the world was flat.

It was the british who introduced the concept of the globe in the various schools and geography was a subject taught in the schools. They also gifted globes to many rulers who wished to update themselves with the latest technologies. The book mainly focuses on India when it was controlled by the EIC, the various missionaries and others who spread education in India. There are many photos of students in schools, with globes to indicate that geography was taught. There is also a lot of information on the prices of maps and globes with the globes being fairly expensive, costing Rs 300 each. Before the british came to india, few women were educated, and this book also provides information on education of women in India, including the first doctor from India, Anandibai Joshi

As the indian government is openly involved in identity theft of experienced engineers from top colleges, india regresses to the pre british era, the book gives interesting insights into the changes in the education system which may be reversed in future as corruption, nepotism increase in India

Terrestrial Lessons: The Conquest of the world as a globe
Author: Sumathy Ramaswamy
Publisher : Orient Blackswan Pvt. Ltd., 2018
Pages: 429