“Over the years, the British had strategically pitted the Muslims against the Hindus, supporting the All India Muslim League

and encouraging the notion that the Muslims were a distinct political community. Throughout British India, separate electorates

had been offered to Muslims, underscoring their separateness from Hindus and sowing the seeds of communalism. They were

resentful that they were not sufficiently represented in Congress and feared for the safety of Islam.”

–Prem Kishore, India: An Illustrated History (2002).

There is much to be unlearned while reading the history of the subcontinent- especially regarding what the British thought of both Muslims and Hindus. It is no secret that the British did everything they could, to make it easier for them to rule the people- regardless of how it affected the whole population. From divide and conquer, to making sure one religion was treated superior than the other, their legacy is not one that should only be remembered through the establishment of train systems and introducing English. We need to challenge the deeply embedded notions that are a product of the colonial era. For instance, labeling the Indian traditions as ‘backward’ and believing that British brought a ‘positive change’ in the subcontinent.