Indian Colonialism vs Korean Colonialism Essay

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India and Korea share the attribute of both being colonized by foreign powers, Britain and Japan, respectively. Colonialism, while inherently beneficial to the colonists and detrimental to those being colonized, was used to satisfy the interests of the new regimes. While initially there were parallels between the activities and sanctions put on by the Japanese and the British, what the rulers actually intended on achieving would have the most bearing on the fate of the colony. The colonies of India and Korea were both similar in the fact that they both sought to establish a new system of government to meet their own ends at the cost of the local population, but held a key difference in the fact that their endgame goals were entirely different and thus led to two very different outcomes. The major similarity between the two rules would come in the form of encouraging domestic in-fighting. Both Korea and Japan, during the period of their colonization, came to be divided into radically different subgroups that would cause conflict amongst each other. In the case of India, the British-sympathetic Congress would repeatedly discriminate between the Hindus and the Muslims that lived there. The Muslims being the minority would often “complain of favoritism” towards Hindus by propagating Hindu religious symbols and antagonizing Muslim leaders. Within colonial Korea, Imperial Japan would foster a divide between the moderate and radical nationalists that composed a majority of the country’s intellectuals. Japan would tolerate the nationalists and allow minor rallies, but eventually let the movement, “plagued with mismanagement” and inner disputes to fracture, eventually began to arrest the now splintered off radicals enmasse. The in-fighting proved effective enough in both places to form lasting animosity, as well as giving the imperial powers the benefit of little organized

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