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A Transnarrative for the Colony

Early in the colonial period, the orientalist presence in the administration ensured that traditional subjects and knowledge retained their earlier predominance in the educational sphere. However, by the mid-19th century, as colonialism witnessed its own growing assertion and power, it was the anglicists, and their belief in the superiority of western knowledge, who came to play a more dominant role. This article analyses how the debate between orientalists and aglicists was played out in the sphere of science education. With the evangelical influence too coming to play a key role, this debate took on a more complex note. The colonial transnarrative now equated Christianity with western astronomy and Hinduism with puranic lore. Thus philosophy and pedagogy ably assisted the formulation of colonial education policy, that soon saw a neglect of traditional institutions and subjects.
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