By Any Other Name by Santha Rama Rau

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Hindu people refused to send their children to these Anglo-Indian schools; they knew the racist problems their children had to face. English children were situated at the front of the class; in contrast, Hindu children were at the back of the class. They had a significant separation of customs and traditions, which they were exposed and ridiculized by. Teachers were the first to discriminate Hindu children by changing their names to English names. For example, Santha and her sister Premila had their names changed to Pamela and Cynthia just as the headmistress said: "Oh, my dears, those are much too hard for me. Suppose we give you pretty English names. Wouldn't that be more jolly". Children were also stereotyped by their nationality since, as the author states, she was sited (seated) at the back of the class in a test, just because "Indians cheat". Similarly, Children in China were also oppressed but more strongly. In China Mao's revolution was a very hard period. Children would learn in school only from Mao's books. They had to learn only



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