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Lord Macaulay And Mysorepauk

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  • Mysorepauk Drama: Kannada Media Channels Mistakenly Create A Mess
  • Mysorepauk monologue was started by Dr Anand Ranganathan, Journalist.
  • Dr Anand Ranganathan stirred the hornets nest by taking on Finance Minister of India, Nirmala Sitaraman, who attributed origin of  Mysorepauk to Madras while occupying the MP seat from Bengaluru, Karnataka.
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  • The Maharaja of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wodeyar (1884–1940), was a food connoisseur and maintained a large kitchen at the Amba Vilas palace in Mysore to prepare different cuisines: from European, to the sacred prasadam or offerings to the various temples within the palace.
  • The origin of the dish is credited to his chief chef, Kakasura Madappa, who had not made any dessert. With time running out, the desperate Madappa began experimenting, wanting to present the King with something unusual.
  • Adding gram flour, ghee and sugar, he made a soft pauk (or mixture). This was presented on the royal thali as a hot, fudge-like sweet.
  • The chef was called in and asked what the new dessert was called. He said the first thing that came to his mind – the ‘Mysore pauk’.


On February 2, 1835, British politician Thomas Babington Macaulay circulated Minute on Education, a treatise that offered definitive reasons for why the East India Company and the British government should spend money on the provision of English language education, as well as the promotion of European learning, especially the sciences, in India.

While The Minute acknowledged the historic role of Sanskrit and Arabic literature in the Subcontinent, it also contended that they had limitations.

“A single shelf of a good European library was worth the whole native literature of India and Arabia,” Macaulay wrote in the Minute.”

Thomas Babington Macaulay2.jpg

picture of Lord Macaulay (from en.wikipedia)

Depending on the reader’s perspective, these words show Macaulay either as an angel or a villain in the shaping of the Subcontinent’s history.

A month after its circulation, the Minute became policy, when William Bentinck, the governor general of India, signed the resolution.

For Macaulay, this was a victory. He had won against his detractors, especially the Orientalists – East India Company officials, scholars, translators and collectors – who supported study and instruction in India in Sanskrit, Arabic and Persian languages.



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Navneet Bakshi
Navneet Bakshi
1 year ago

We do not get Mysorepauk in North India. I don’t understand the fuss about claiming to be the original makers of the sweet :), but I hate the Macaulay’s connection anyway, whic to the best of my knowledge is a fake new clipping. It is a take from another news clipping attributed to Macaulay’s speech in British Parliament where he allegedly described bout Indian riches and said that if the British wanted to capture India they would need to break the spirit of the Indians. That fake news clipping has been making rounds of digital media since last two decades. I got it forwarded to me through e-mail attachment in the days when the Smartphones had not been invented and I posted it on Sulekha when Sulekha had lesser members than we have here now :). Later, when Google became a powerful search engine, I tried to confirm how authentic was the news item. Google tries to justify that no such speech was ever made by Macaulay. Maybe the British have smartly erased that like they have erased the records of most of their misdoings of Colonial Era.

Navneet Bakshi
Navneet Bakshi
1 year ago
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The more you read about this, the more doubts appear as to whether he said this verbatim or not. There is no existing proof that he did. There are only denials that he didn’t say or alluding to this that he must not have meant it. Whether this denial is pushed by the people who have been slowly whitewashing the British past or by the apologists is hard to say

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