Our biggest problem as a nation is that we have let others write our history. The Greeks wrote it. The Persians wrote it, then the Arabs and Turks wrote it. To complete the formalities the British wrote it.
And the idea that has continuously been drilled into our heads is that India was never a united nation. That the British made us united. And that we were never possessing a national spirit. And never thought of ourselves as a nation. As if other nations had this spirit from times immemorial. Even if these nations came into existence in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It is this lack of national pride that has stood in the way of us achieving national greatness.
Unlike most other nations, India has had a past stretching to thousands of years. Our ancient texts refer to Chakravarthins, ancient monarch who united large parts of India and also nations that today exist outside our national territories. Mandhata, Sagara, Janamejaya, Bharata are names of ancient monarchs. Ancient Greek texts record the victory of Strabopathes, an Indian king over Semiramis, an all conquering Assyrian Queen. Ajatshatru was an all conquering emperor of Magadha.
Chandragupta Maurya, Chandragupta Vikramaditya, Samudragupta, Harsha Vardhana, Rashtrakutas, Pratiharas, Tughlaqs, Mughals and Marathas just carried the great tradition forward of uniting large parts of the country under one rule as a unified nation. How could India not have the tradition of not having existed a unified whole?
The British ruled us because we fought them one by one, disunited – Bengal, Mysore, Sindhias, Holkars, Sikhs – all lost one by one. India has been a nation since times memorial. Like all other ancient nations, India has had phases of unity and disunity. India has stayed as one and has reached great heights and glory as one country. 1947 does not represent the birth of a nation but its resurgence. The slogan should be India@7000, not India @70.
The Book “Battles for Delhi – Dilli Kareeb Ast “ talks about preserving and strengthening the unity and integrity of India. It looks at India through the eyes of its Capital city Delhi and the Battles in history around Delhi over 600 years that shaped the destiny of both the Nation and the City itself.
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