Nations Within A Nation

Posted: August 9, 2010 in History, Politics
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There always was a cultural flow but India in most of its history was an amalgamation of many kingdoms. Today we are getting used to the idea of defined identity of being an Indian and the concept of nationhood. Is Indian-ness something that can forcefully be got accepted?

Aryans came and ruled. There were Greeks and Persians too, who conquered. Westerners in recent history subjugated. There were Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim and Christian rulers. But most kingdoms didn’t last long and those which did left deep impact on identity of present India that we can feel even today.

Aryans had superior war-skills and administration. They were prosperous with their large live-stocks and subsequently they developed better agricultural techniques. Mauryans with their emphasis on better infrastructure were the largest economy of the ancient and medieval world. With lowered taxes and encouragement for personal development and freedom Guptan kingdom became epicentre of arts, science and learning. Through its administration many aspects of Indian art, culture and religion were spread to large parts of Asia. Mauryan and Guptan Empire declined with weak successors. Mughals integrated Turko-Persian culture with ancient Indian culture. Prosperity flowed through this integration. But when brutality and centralization replaced it, downfall of the empire began. Europeans brought new technologies and products from their industrially revolutionized continent. Along with it came new rule of law. But since they started siphoning off India’s prosperity and suppression began, their rule was challenged and ultimately done away with.

These are the kingdoms/rulers who ruled major parts of India for considerable time. One thing that is common is development and prosperity through good and effective administration. Everything other than that was different and diverse.

An Indian can be ruled by an Aryan, a Greek, a Persian, a Turk or a European. A Hindu, a Buddhist, a Muslim or a Christian can rule it. Who is there in administration comes to front only when administration is weak.

Oneness (in this case Indian-ness) or love for your country can’t be forced but opportunity and development is something everyone chooses, universally.

  1. Arvind Patel says:

    Rijuta, You said right! the boundries of many countries are totally depends on political environment at a perticular time! so do nationality! look it happend infront of our eyes to Pakistan! so imosed could change or short lived. But peoples inclusiveness last longer if their interest served well if not opposite will occurred, that for sure!

    But the person prospered and lives in a certain boundry of a land called country , he/ she should be and MUST BE faithful to that territorial authotity and land thats the responsibility comes with package of RAM RAJ where all SHARE AND CARE!

    • Rijuta says:

      There is huge difference between should be and what it actually is 🙂
      Else we wouldn’t be discussing all this, right???

      But I agree that had it been what it should be life would have been simple!!!

  2. minesh says:

    history, well explained .. in nut shell, do agree to some extent. views differ from person to person, its the way you look at it probably if we talk on the philosophical grounds but reality is that we were ruled by people from a distant land.

    • Rijuta says:

      The point is nationalism or nationality imposed doesn’t last. Inclusiveness can come through only when people in general are satisfied and that most likely happen with development and hopes.

      Eg.:- You can’t expect everyone living within Indian territories to declare himself an Indian. Boundaries are mere political boundaries and feeling for one’s land is very individualistic.

  3. Mayank says:

    wonderful thoughts. Its our brain how we want to make it think like.

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