Monday, June 16, 2014

The First Book in Bengal

According to the historian B S Kesavan, the first book printed in Bengal was Nathaniel Halhed's Grammar of the Bengali Language, which appeared in 1778.

This is quite telling. For the essential character of colonialism is not that the colonized culture gets supplanted by the colonizer's culture. It is instead that the re-interpretation of the subjugated culture by the ruling culture becomes accepted as canon by both.

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