read an interesting blog yesterday, titled “Why does India Tend to Collapse So Often?”. The link is given:-
The blog makes a fine analysis of the Indian cricket team’s tendency to collapse in difficult situations. Cricket is then used as an metaphor to analyse our history and expose the reasons why our great nation descended, starting about the time of Mahmud Ghazni about 1000 AD, from its position as the greatest in the world to servitude under the foreign invaders till seventy years back. The writer correctly identifies the decline in the Indian spirit that happened during the centuries of subjugation. He says the subjugation caused the decline.
IMHO the subjugation was the result of an earlier decline in the Indian spirit that happened between the time of Emperor Harsha and Mahmud Ghazni. It is also my humble opinion that the decline was caused by wrong interpretation or wrong understanding of the Gita and the Vedas.
My detailed response posted to that blog site is reproduced below with some slight modifications:-
“Dear fellow Indians,
We have poor self-esteem. We are ready to accept failure and subjugation as our moral due. And, with the attitude of hyenas rather than lions, we expect to extract spoils out of our shame.
FACE THE TRUTH:
Raiders from north-west are not to be blamed for defeating us, plundering us, subjugating and ruling over us. We ourselves are to be blamed for losing. After all, we were fighting on our own soil and the invading armies were invariably smaller than our own, as the blog itself says. If India loses to Brazil in a soccer match, it is foolish to accuse Brazil of cruelty or criminality. It is necessary to look at and into ourselves to identify our weaknesses, understand their reasons and strive to get over them. This has to be done honestly and truthfully. We should have the courage to face ourselves.
BREAKDOWN OF LEADERSHIP:
Indians are brave. Indians soldiers have fought remarkably well under British officers…..and after Independence, under the discipline and training inherited from the British. So the question rises: is India suffering because of craven leadership? The attitude of the kings and chieftains during the time of Akbar and the British say YES. Our elite lack that quality which inspires subordinates, lack the skill to organize and manage: in short, our leadership has been deficient in what are known as ‘leadership qualities’. Our leaders had sold us in exchange for privileges. As the blog rightly points out, the cravenness continues today. The trader who does business with a white European or American is respected more than a trader who does even more business with an African or a Chinese. A businessman with “foreign connections” has a higher place among the elite than a businessman whose clients are totally within India. A mediocre professor in a western university is regarded as a veritable fountain of wisdom while a brilliant and more accomplished Indian professor will be relegated to the lower tier, his academic stature tied to how much he quotes of the white man’s pronouncements.
These “Qusilings”, medieval and modern, are celebrated. But the hardy, proud, patriotic fighters who delivered their lives for their dignity, freedom and motherland are consigned to the dustbins of history. We all are being told repeatedly, year after year, about passages and episodes from the “white-collar” “independence struggle” that is supposed to have won India its freedom from British rule. How many of us know about the “Santhal rebellion” where they fought till the last man died, an old man with no weapon other than a bow and a single arrow left? Even as he was shot to death, he shot the last arrow and killed the English soldier who had shot him. How many of us know about Pazhassi Raja and his valiant band of tribals who fought to death? There are many such tales of bravery, such proud passages, that hardly anyone cares about.
A SPOTTY INDEPENDENCE STRUGGLE:
Certainly this is not to disparage the great sacrifices and leadership of the great freedom fighters: but IMHO the great “Indian Independence Struggle” would not have happened if the Indian elite were admitted into the British clubs. They would have been happy, and would have happily lorded it over their fellowmen, telling themselves in vainglorious pride, “I and gora saheb….we rule over all these stupid natives”. And that attitude persists in the blood of the Indian elite to this day.
The blog says “…you understand why Indians prefer to surrender than to fight and why they simply give up when the going gets tough. It has been bred into them for the past 1,000 years.
This posture, imbibed over centuries of foreign subjugation,…”…
I beg to differ. This attitude has been bred into us not because of foreign subjugation. On the other hand, we suffered foreign subjugation because of this attitude developed within us somewhere between the time of Emperor Harsha and Mahamed Ghazni. So much so that we are always trying to please the foreigner, we constantly crave to be in his good books, we are ready to compromise our national interests and sell our fellows down the river if it fetches us some vacuous honour from foreign ‘masters’, yet even now.
The blog mentions the decline that happened between Harsha and Ghazni. “Between 700-900 CE, India became softer and turned its focus inward. The thirst of conquest metamorphosed into the thirst for eternal salvation of the soul. The glory of renunciation became the preferred trait. Invasions and conquests were considered passe and immoral. India slowly turned into a soft, nonbelligerent, rich society that was ripe for plucking. And by 1000 CE, the raids began.”
Right. But does anybody know why? I can say, the shortest explanation will be “because of our misunderstanding, or misinterpretation, of the Gita and the Vedas.” I will leave it there and see what you all have to say.
HINDUISM THE IDEOLOGY, INDIA THE LEADER, OF THE FUTURE:
The solution lies in this direction. I have exactly identified it through about five decades of active association – directly and indirectly – with the Hindu faith, deriving from a five hundred year-old heritage of association with a prominent Hindu temple in Kerala. That is a unique blessing I have had the great good luck to enjoy, and I believe Hinduism is the ideology for the peaceful and prosperous future of the world.
If we realize and accept the true message of the great books, India will rise once again to its rightful power and glory, and to its rightful place in the forefront of nations. We can, if we will. The only pre-requisite is that we should be ready to face the truth honestly, and be ready to act on our own volition without having to secure the approval of “foreign experts and advisors”. Though it is always likely to be a bitter rival, China’s pride should be a pointer to us.
But I say we have to go forward to our roots, not go back to them as the blog suggests.
Jai Hind! indeed.