Sri Aurobindo on the Indian political system

 

He ( Sir John Woodroffe)seems to me to hit a little too hard at the later European culture.This predominantly economic type of civilisation has been ugly enough in its strain of utilitarian materialism, which we shall err grossly if we imitate; still it has been uplifted by some nobler ideals that have done much for the race. But even these are crude and imperfect in their form and need to be spiritualised in their meaning before they can be wholly admitted by the mind of India. I think too that the author has a little underrated the force of the Indian revival. I do not mean its outward realised strength, for that is very deficient, but the inevitability of its drive, its spiritual and potential force. And he has made a little too much of the servile type of Indian who is capable of mouthing the portentously obsequious imagination that “European institutions are the standard by which the aspirations of India are set.” That, except for the rapidly dwindling class to which this spokesman belongs, has its truth now only in a single field, the political,— a very important exception, I admit, and one which opens the door to a peril of stupendous proportions. But even there a deep change of spirit is foreshadowed although it has not yet taken definite form and has now to meet a fresh invasion of furious Europeanism inspired by the militant crudeness of proletarian Russia.

 

VOLUME 20

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SRI AUROBINDO 62 “Is India Civilised?”

 

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