Firstly, had India been ruled by any other country apart from England, it would have not been a different nation altogether! India has had a major influence of the British rule to become a nation it is today. The British were instrumental in bringing about certain important (good, bad and ugly) changes in the administrative policies and culture of our nation. But, what if it was France and not England that ruled the land of Vedas at a time almost every nutcase seated on a throne, big or small, in the world was busy fighting with others? Let’s find out!
7. No development under colonial rule!
France is known to have been bad rulers in their colonies unlike the Britishers who wanted an extended nation.
In the 19th
century France invested just about 6% of their external investment in their Empire compared to Britain’s 22%. It hardly gives enough to establish industries and other aspects of development. The British undeniably have made quite an improvement in certain areas under their rule, most importantly bringing railways to India.
6. Imbibe French culture: fashion and cinema!
The French take immense pride in their national and cultural identity. The Britishers are comparatively few steps behind! French culture therefore would have made a greater impact on our culture and selfhood too!
We would have been far more fashionable than we are today! ‘High-Fashion’ or ‘haute-couture
’ as they call in France is the concept of high fashion which would have made our mindset keener on dressing up! Cinema is also a very essential part of their being. That, we already are!
5. Snails for food!
Yes, the French have snails and oysters and rabbits and the list could go on! One of their favorite dishes is ‘shorshe
-rabbit’ which is cooked in the same style as Bengal’s famous ‘shorshe
-ilish’, a dish made with mustard and hilsa fish!
Red Wine would have been a staple in our diet and also for other occasions! We would have retained, as we do now too, our own dishes, but would also have happened to love these! Smoking would also have been kind of a staple, which would not have been a good one for sure!
4. Less interference in local governance.
The French, as we know from their rule over Indo-China, ruled over the nation yet left the local kings and rulers rule their towns and cities without interfering. Top English officials let local Indian rulers live and have fun but they didn’t allow them to take full control of finances, security or defenses.
This might have led to less violence in India if British rule is to be compared. The British had not implied this rule due to which mass uprisings were thankfully higher than it could have been under The French!
3. We would have been free of Colonial Rule earlier!
The French as we know from our history books were not able rulers and administrators. They lacked foresight and intellectual astuteness.
For them, to rule a country as huge as India, would have been a tough affair! The British with sheer capability of man-power and intelligent governance were able to hold the country together under their rule for two centuries. The Allied invasion
, German invasion, Franco-Prussian war, all in the 19th
century would have definitely made an impact on its rule in India and ousting them would not have been difficult!
2. We wouldn’t be an English crazy nation
English is now an undisputed international language in the world. No, this is not just because of Hollywood. But, we are sure to be lucky to have learnt English rather than French! Had French been our official language, it would have been quite a task to carry out discussions on matters of business, politics or anything else throughout the world! Even Chinese are now obsessed with the idea of learning English
Be glad you are not this guy trying to understand what the hell this language from first world means.
Not being able to communicate in English would have resulted in a slower growth rate of our country. Few regions in India like Pondicherry and Chandannagore to name a few, which were French settlements, have French as their first language in schools.
1. No Cricket for us – we wouldn’t be a cricket crazy nation!
Had France been the ruling country here, there could never have been an upsurge of playing cricket in our country.
We might have had Sachin (if the grand scheme of Universe wasn’t disturbed by mere change of colonizers) but it’s unlikely he’d be revered as ‘God of Cricket.
Cricket was actually imported
from Britain! Would you now be keen on watching FIFA Football World Cup instead of ICC Cricket World Cup! Of course, not. Who cares where we got this game from as long as we like it and beat the shit out of everyone else, right? But, had it been French who ruled India, the most important games for us could have been soccer, cycling and athletics. Imagine living without cricket! Not good!