The Downfall of Glory of India from Its Magnificient Past
In modern times, the Glory of India from its glorious past of ancient times seem to be lost today. What could be the cause of its such deterioration?
It is not only the human beings who are governed by their destinies or fates. A society and a piece of land too have their own fates.
Human history is full of stories of rise and fall of individuals as well as societies and countries. We know of many lands that existed once, but now are lost – some submerged under the great oceans on earth and some entered the womb of earth.
India, or Bharatvarsha as it was known in the ancient times, too has seen its glorious past and is presently seeing its fallen status, indeed it is the Downfall of Glory of India.
Once it was known as “Golden Bird” and today it is among the poorest of the nations. It was also called “Jagadguru” (Guru of the world) and today its status is for everyone to see.
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Downfall of Glory of India
It is pathetic conclusion to blame Mahabharat war for down fall of India. Devastating it might have been but it was not responsible for making India an impoverished slum.
The credit for that should go to uninvited scums who gained upper hand through sheer quirk of fate. Uncouth with no personal morals or integrity, yet rising to be masters to determine the fate of a highly advanced civilization, they in charge impoverished India while they themselves rolled in looted luxury.
Two instances may be noted . And both of them were no exceptions but rule in each case. Even worse things were done to people and country of India by one or other invader whose warfare was entirely different from Mahabharat.
Mahabharat war was fought on a predetermined site -Kurukhshetra. Soldiers of both sides did not veer from battle field to loot, rob , dishonor civilians .
In contrast there are even now temples , temple sites in India what were ruined, looted by one Sultan or another or by one Mughal or another. Scars still present on our temples alone tell us our history much better , thus observed Swami Vivekananda.
A famine hit Gujarat during the reign of Shah Je han , hailed as great art lover. Starvation and emaciation were the fate of people of Gujarat , Hindus. The emperor is praised in history book for opening a free kitchen to feed. Remember hundreds of thousands were victims of famine, this art lover earned fame for just one kitchen. Yet at the same time , he spent hundreds of thousands of golden dinars for his harem.
Jehangir his dad, enjoyed a sport, he used to send his soldiers to randomly selected villages of Hindus, round them up and sell them as slaves or on a full moon day go up his fort and had soldiers sink a boat carrying Hindus in near by river. When they were struggling for the lives , he found it amusing.
How can such people subjected to such harsh treatment can contribute to economy or prosperity.
And such reigns under various sundry clans , from Turks, Arab , Mongol or Mughal invaders continued for about 800 years to account for India’s poverty.
But the best was yet to come , that came with British- who opened trading ‘factories’ which were only some ware houses, nothing to do with any manufacturing. They were allowed to keep armed guards for their warehouses. The fate favored them to grab kingdom after kingdom which were still very rich in many places. British were more thorough than the Islamists when it came to looting. They took every thing that was not nailed down, leaving nothing for starving masses who were forced to pay taxes to the ‘collector’ their agent to squeeze money out of Indians and India.
India before these colonial forces arrived was a major economic powerhouse producing 30% of world GDP while Britain was credited for only 3% or less. British ships carried all that was worth taking to London while coming back they brought salt which Indian was forced to buy because manufacturing salt by Indian was banned. By the time colonial rule ended, the roles were reversed, India became poorest in the world with growth rate of 2 or 3 percent while economy in England grew to become 30% of the world.
The role of such colonialism completed the process of impoverishing India which started with earlier invasions mentioned above .
Not Mahabharath war .
Long and long after Mahabharat war great wealth remained in India , with people of India not just those who ruled like in instances mentioned above.
Maurya Chandragupta ruled long and long after Mahabharath war, His empire extended to present day Syria.
“Megasthenes was the ambassador of the Greek general Seleucus Nicator, at the court of Emperor Chandragupta Maurya, in 4th century B.C. He put his stay to good use by travelling widely and minutely documenting one of the most prosperous and enlightened periods of Indian history.”
This was long after Mahabharat war.
And much much later Marco Polo visited Vijayanagar, he wrote that an average street vendor selling betel leaves could purchase a country like Portugal with her jewels she was wearing.
So it is best to identify the blame for poverty of India on major players who were all unwanted imports rather than self flagellating. It is a different story even ‘granting of independence’ was not without tragedy. Be that as it may.
Any way despite suffering such brutal regimes and reigns, in short span of about 70 years despite many draw backs, India to day ranks 5th largest economy of the world.
“India is now the world’s 5th largest economy, leapfrogging …
Data from the IMF shows India has risen to become the world’s fifth largest economy, when ranked by nominal GDP. India, in this ranking, has leapfrogged France and the UK. Despite its growth, challenges remain, from sustainability to infrastructure.”
For this to happen, the culture and civilization, Samskruthi and Dharma , displayed in history of Mahabharat that were preserved at a great cost by our people are certainly responsible.