‘I do profoundly believe that #India needs 2 b able to say with pride, “Yes, our civilization has a #Hindu base to it”,’ said a FRI … Foreign Resident in India … on Twitter.
‘Most Indians want to disown the past …,’ responded my superannuated friend on Facebook.
To me, this “wanting to disown” facts about us, in our history, is just not understandable. They are our truths and there is nothing inglorious about being a peaceful people, by and large, who played by the rules even in wartime. We, as a people, never persecuted people merely because they were different or held different beliefs. And, we never decimated populations wherever our explorers of thought and trade went.
Our way of life provided just a class in our population to bear arms and administer territories. The rule since the Vedic ” Epics ” was simple and well known : there was everything for him in it, but only after the security, happiness and welfare of the people had been taken care of. Ram Rajya… in aphoristic term.
The rest of the population was busy with their personal station in life and society … pursuing or disseminating knowledge and skills, engagement at diverse professions, at creating art, sculpture, handicrafts… celebrating life everyday, as the Indian ” Panchang ” will inform.
This happy, engaging Sanatan way of life served us so well economically that, for about two millennia, the whole of the rest of the world wanted to be here ! Civilisationally, the Indian way was co-opted in almost the whole of Asia … from Khorasan to Cambodia, Japan to Bali.
It left us weak before barbarians and savages, it is true, who had no rules. But that is for them to be ashamed about, not us. We’ve begun to make amends, at gaining strength and the power to deter aggressors. But I hope we do not also become savages in the process, as others continue with their practice in ever so subtle forms !