Why do we crave certificates from white men?

Ramachandra Guha in The Hindu Sunday Magazine:

“I have long held [a theory] about our self-proclaimed patriots—that the more Indian and the more Hindu they claim to be, the more they seek and need certificates from White men….

“Why do Indians, of all shades of opinion, left, right and centre, so desperately seek approval, for their actions and their prejudicies, for their policies and their politics, from White men of uncertain knowledge and credibility? I ask this question not out of arrogance but in humility—for, as a writer who lives in India, I am not wholly immune from this craving myself.

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