Why India Is Unique

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This write-up shows how and why India is unique. It talks about the glory that India enjoyed in ancient times and how it has picked itself up after it gained independence in recent years.

The place called India

This particular country where I was born in has wrapped itself around me in a hundred different ways. It is, what might be called, my identity. Now, it is quite natural to love your own country and shower a million laurels on it. It is quite something else to logically defend WHY my country is so unique, as I say.

Firstly, India is the seventh largest country in the world with the second largest population count in the world. It also happens to be the largest democracy in the world. Okay, that's about a lot of things packed into one small box. This write-up is just revealing the surface of an unimaginably wonderful enigma that is India.

Ancient India

This country and the inhabitants of the land have left a rich historical heritage for the modern world. To start off, they were pioneers in various scientific fields ranging from mathematics to philosophy. They realized the importance of the concept of nothing and thus, they gave to the world the idea of zero. Aryabhatta (476 BC) was the first to showcase spherical astronomy and was the first to postulate heliocentric theory 1000 years before Copernicus thought about it. Words like 'geometry', 'trigonometry' and even 'navigation' have Sanskrit origins. Brahmagupta (628 AD) said that any number divided by zero should result in the concept of infinity. Indians worked on calculations in decimals, fractions, pi value, square and cube roots long before their contemporaries in the West did so. Kanada (6th BC) had discovered the concept of atoms (paramanu) and molecules (dwinuka) much before the 'atomic theory' came into being. Chemistry was a forte of ancient Indian scientists and the art of metal treatment was known to Indians since ancient times. The world's first dock was constructed at Lothal in Harappa. The first iron-cased and metal-cylinder rockets were used by Tipu Sultan, ruler of Mysore, in the 1780s. These are but a few examples of the advanced level of intellectualism that existed in ancient India as far as science and mathematics are concerned.

More feathers in the crown

The iconic game of chess was created in India, in the name of 'shatranj', during the reign of the Gupta dynasty. The game turned out to be hugely popular all over the world and today, the world champion in chess happens to be Vishwanathan Anand, who incidentally belongs to India. Even games like kabaddi, ludo, snakes and ladders and the idea of playing cards were first devised in this country.

I can possibly rant on and on about the very many spheres in which Indians have repeatedly excelled since time immemorial. In terms of education, the guru-shishya model i.e. the student-mentor relationship was recognized way back in the ancient days. Students received holistic personal coaching on the sciences and philosophy which helped to develop physical and mental development of the children. The concept of learning institutions was well-developed as can be seen through the example of the Nalanda University in Bihar. It was established on a huge tract of land and it drew hundreds of students and scholars alike from different parts of the world. Students had their personal living quarters. Open amphitheaters and spacious classrooms were some of the advanced characteristics of the university.

India's astonishingly self-sufficient and highly intellectual environment was disrupted in a rather ungodly fashion when the British invaded the country many years later. They imposed their rules, ideologies and lifestyle on a society whose steady development was rudely interrupted by another society which had landed on Indian shores, purely for selfish reasons. Over the years, they extracted all they could from the Indians, at the cost of the degradation of the Indian society and its people.

The resurgence

We were handed what was rightfully ours i.e. our independence, in the year of 1947. It's been around 65 years now and in this very short phase of time, we have shown our zeal to stand tall no matter what. In this short span of time, we have produced Nobel laureates, Oscar winners, sport greats and world famous musicians. India is dominating international cricket today. We are currently the world champions in the game. We have recently hosted our very own Indian Grand Prix last year and shall be hosting the Moto GP this year. More recently, Amartya Sen and Venkatraman Ramakrishnan won the Nobel Prize for Economics and Chemistry respectively. We have also launched Agni – V, a high-end missile which marks our entry into the elite missile club consisting of a few of the developed nations of the world. India is now a temporary member of the Security Council of the UN.
In terms of business and financial capabilities, Indian businessmen like Mukesh Ambani and Lakshmi Mittal, are among the richest in the world. Force India was recently acquired by the liquor baron Vijay Mallya and the football team, Blackburn Rovers, was acquired by an Indian company by the name of Venky’s. This and many more examples stand testament to the will and prowess of the Indian spirit. This is what makes India unique. Indian society would have been at a much more developed state had there been no external intervention. India never really had a period which can be definitively called the ‘Black Age’. In fact, comparatively speaking, the current state of India can be termed as a Black Age as we see many negative factors like poverty, corruption and over-population spreading like a viral disease throughout the length and breadth of the country. In spite of all these hurdles, the Indian mind is focused and determined enough to counter all the present problems. We know what we were before and today, we are striving to regain our former glory. Yes, I truly believe that India is a unique place, not only because of what we have achieved over thousands of years but also because of what we are achieving today in spite of so many unfortunate setbacks.

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I, Samantak Bhadra, am a guy who is unsure about his own destiny and the world around him. I graduated with an engineering degree from a college in Kolkata and am currently working in an IT firm. (Yes, I know I'm a very stereotypical and boring pseud...(more)

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author avatar Funom Makama
23rd Apr 2012 (#)

A fantastic share.... Nice work friend!

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author avatar Samantak Bhadra
24th Apr 2012 (#)

Glad that you liked it, Funom Makama. :)

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author avatar Retired
25th Apr 2012 (#)

India is a place I have long wanted to visit, I hope I make it one day.

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author avatar Samantak Bhadra
25th Apr 2012 (#)

Do come to India sometime in the future. I would love to play the host, jennyreeve. :)

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author avatar Ava
22nd Sep 2013 (#)

cool !

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author avatar Ava
22nd Sep 2013 (#)

India is a beautiful place would love to visit every place possible !

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