India vs. Canada: A Comparison

by Catherine Tessier-Barbeau on April 1, 2014 - 9:12pm

Although Canada and India are worlds apart, these countries do share some similarities. Both Canada and India have been British colonies; indeed, these countries have been colonized by England for economic purpose, meaning that British first came as traders. English settlers took control of the fur trade in Canada and the cotton trade in India. In other words, both countries supplied goods to the benefit of British. In both cases, British bought goods from natives for cheaper prices and sold them at higher prices, which contributed to British’s economy. Another similarity that both countries share is that Canada and India experienced nationalist movements. In fact, in both countries we can find minorities (Muslims/French Canadians) and majorities (Hindus/English Canadians). Conflicts between the two groups happened, which resulted in the desire to become a separate country. Pakistan did become a separate country while Quebec still a part of Canada. In brief, beside the difference between the culture and the language of both countries, Canada and India experienced similar situations regarding their colonization.



Ainslie T. Embree, Mark C. Carnes. “Defining a Nation: India on the Eve of Independence, 1791”. Reacting to the Past Series. Print.


“Canada’s History.”, 1 July 2012.Web. 1 April 2014.


I like the idea that you mentioned in your article, that even though Quebec and India are worlds apart they do share a similar historical background concerning their colonization. I would like to add on to your idea, and say that these two populations also faced very similar power conflicts between the minorities and majorities, which incidentally led to nationalist movements.

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