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Post-colonialism | Mahwish Tahir

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“Remember that politics, colonialism, imperialism and war also originate in the human brain.” –Vilayanur S Ramachandran

Victimisation of colonialism occurs owing to the vulnerability of feeble minds. It outbraves an individual’s true worth and novelty. Besides, it robs one’s psyche of self-esteem. Be those Africans, Indians, Filipinos, Indonesians or Pakistanis, remnants of colonialism could be readily witnessed in the former colonised states. Broadly, this reckons those people have had not been able to break free from the shackles of their respective European colonisers.

An African half-century, published in The Guardian on 7th December, 2010, is an article penned by the late Ali Mazrui, a Kenyan who was a political thinker, academic writer and a daredevil deemed as fearless to confront contentious issues. He brings forth three social codes comprising of (indigenous, Islamic and Western) that he argues cannot coexist in a region without bedlam. Furthermore, he postulates there has to be a redress to the incompetency of the postcolonial African economies which incorporate plethora of corruption along with dearth of skills.

“Why Filipinos Are Angry at China?” printed in The Diplomat on June 11, 2012, is an article penned by Mong Palatino. He works as a real blogger and Global Voices regional editor for Southeast Asia and Oceania. He contends that the stalemate at South China Sea is not the only cause that the people in the Philippines are skepticalof China. In fact they are fearsome of their wealthy neighbour China’s rapidly growing economy and trade relations besides her false reclamation of Scarborough Shoal. Having been colonised by three distinct colonial powers, the Filipinos have become paranoid on account of China’s potent as a nascent superpower. They tend to be on the jeopardised end of the border, so it seems.

“Colonial Diamonds Are Forever: India and the Koh-i-Noor Diamond”, published in The Diplomat on November 12, 2015, is penned by Akhilesh Pillalamarri. He happens to be a PhD in international relations at the American University in Washington, DC. He chiefly writes on South Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and East Asia. He posits that a faction of conspicuous Indians desire the return of the Koh-i-Noor diamond, which is held by the British monarchy to date. He debates that if the Indian government sues in the London’s High Court for the return of the Koh-i-Noor, then it might mar the bilateral relations between India and Britain. Subsequently, it is not feasible an act to proceed against the British monarchy as it is point blank futile to do so. Conversely, the supreme way for India to obtain the Koh-i-Noor would be for its government to one day convince the British government to return the jewel as a goodwill gesture in order to endorse amiable economic and security ties that would be worth the logic of keeping the diamond.

Under the circumstances, when all is said and done, one contends that the Indians, Filipinos and Africans are squirming in the mire of post-colonialism with the odds and ends of the grotesque nostalgia of colonialism. Henceforth, the phenomenon of neocolonialism has got the better of the decolonised states as of now. They have no other alternative but to succumb to their erstwhile colonial powers or other preeminent states for buttressing their downtrodden and indebted economies by further taking loans to make pace with the international sphere.

Neocolonialism has a lot brewing up inside it. To name a couple of its ingredients are the ostensible globalisation, liberalism and democracy, feigned merely to pacify its consumers.

Minds are being conquered and controlled here in this contemporary age unlike territories and colonies in the olden times. Furthermore, they have devised numerous ways to defeat the less significant in order to fuel and retain their demonic capitalism and bloated hegemonies.

Source: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2015/12/16/comment/post-colonialism/

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