Sunday, May 5, 2013

History

History was boring only when one had to memorize events and dates to reproduce it during an exam. But later I have always loved looking up history. A few blogs have made it even more pleasurable. Have always loved imagining the situation as it was eons ago. Since human emotions have remained pretty same, it is easy to imagine!

Some say it is not good to dwell in the past glory since we forget to move forward. But one cannot and should not ignore history since it can repeat if forgotten. And if there is one history that I want to be repeated, it would be the following:


India was by far the biggest economy at the dawn of AD! followed closely by China.. 

Most of us are recipients of emails which stated this fact in many other ways. Some were taken seriously while others were ignored. A few even called these Indians "nationalists"! Not sure why the love for your country is a bad emotion! Love for your own country can be compared to the love you have for your parents and your home. It does not mean that you hate another set of parents or home. It is just that it is from your home that your identity first shapes up and hence you shall always have a special regard for it.

Anyway coming back to the topic of ancient India, if you look at the map you can see that India is in a very dismal position at the moment. China had the same constraints but look how it is bouncing back?

While China seems to be slowly regaining its lost glory, India seems to have a lot of catching up to do. Even militarily, China is way beyond India.

The main reason being the rampant corruption that is eating into the resources of free India. I am sure most of us don't want a Chinese style of administration but I think the Indian freedom has lost all it's meaning. Right now the only free Indians, enjoying the fruits of India are the politicians and and those who pamper them.

I did not write this not to offer solutions but just wanted to remind myself that India had a glorious history but due to the smugness, complacency, and carefree attitude of us Indians the past glory continues to evade us.

Source:
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/06/the-economic-history-of-the-last-2-000-years-in-1-little-graph/258676/

10 comments:

  1. Great insight but if we look at the precise details then on china front we r far far behind.

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    1. A warm welcome to my blog..only now I realized that I missed commenting on this post!
      Yes..we are far behind China!

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  2. India has a pst and a glorious past.But,only fools live in past glory.Even if dont wake up now,we might just be regretting our stupidity in times to come and the next generation will never spare us.

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    1. The next generation will be a sorrier one because of us..it is the sad truth.

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  3. Your statement,".... but I think the Indian freedom has lost all it's meaning", makes a significant and stark reminder of the state of affairs.When one is shackled by economic and social misery would democratic highlands make a difference?

    If India is losing out it is because of her own people. That includes all of us.

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    1. It definitely includes us..we are busy blaming the politicians while forgetting that we are deep into the muck ourselves!

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  4. That rampant corruption that you mentioned is something to be seriously tacked or we are soon going to be like one of those banana republics.

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    1. Yes.. it needs to be rooted out. for this nation to progress

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  5. hi hk..
    hopefully more people will join the history fold. talking about china, the way things changed in 62 is very interesting, in fact i am working on one of those less known events.. it really jolted me ...but yes between the medieval times and now India slipped a lot in global standings, hopefully we are climbing back now...

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    1. Maddy, I am waiting eagerly to read you on this. I am sure you would rake every known book to come up with something interesting..

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