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Foreign invaders conquered India in the 12th century and ruled us for more than 500 years. This had happened due to the disunity of Indians at that time. Is a similar situation prevailing in the country today with political parties fighting each other and some would not even mind surrendering the country to the enemies for the sake of power. Your views?

Asked by Good Citizen, 30 Mar '10 04:22 pm
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Sir, we never had a phase in history where we called ourselves "The Indians." India was somewhat like a mini world in itself, which contained numerous dynasties and kingdoms. Even if u analyze Indian anthropology under say- Ashoka The Great and Chatrapati Shivaji, you will be hard pressed to find a similarity except that ppl were brown and ate dal n rice..

We never really bothered with the process of nation building ever. And that continues even today.

If u breakdown say- Japanese anthropology, you will be able to identify a common set of identifiable beliefs and value systems right from the Kofun period right up to Emperor Hirohito.

When u don't have a set of identifiable anthropological values in a culture over its history, yeah, that society (or culture) hasn't bothered w/ nation building process yet and is a gold mine for raiders, both white collar and blue.
Answered by A Moin, 30 Mar '10 06:33 pm

 
  
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The earlier times, it was Hindustan, more or less unchanged from the time Alexander crossed the Hindukush mountains, looked West and referred to the land beyond which his reluctant army was afraid to advance through for completion of his final conquest, as Hindustan. We were a land ruled by many kings, totally different in culture and totally different the aim of each ruler. From the time Asoka conquered most of India, the only time we stayed together as a nation in more or less in one entity was during Akbar's time and then later under the tutelage of the Britishers.

We were culturally having close affinity though different but never were we a nation all these years. But the need to get the Britishers out of the country gave an opportunity to rally together the people once again some time from the later 19th century, that culminated in the freedom movement and the final exit of the British in 1947.

Barely had the British ships reached the shores of U.K, our politicians were at ...more
Answered by Omega, 30 Mar '10 07:51 pm

 
  
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Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru (India's Prime Minsiter 1947-64) in The Discovery of India, 1946, p. 218, 225.

The coming of Islam and of a considerable number of people from outside with different ways of living and thought affected these beliefs and structure. A foreign conquest, with all its evils, has one advantage: it widens the mental horizon of the people and compels them to look out of their shells. They realize that the world is a much bigger and a more variegated place than they had imagined. So the Afghan conquest had affected India and many changes had taken place. Even more so the Moghals, who were far more cultured and advanced in the ways of living than the Afghans, brought changes to India. In particular, they introduced the refinements for which Iran was famous.


Dr. Pattabhi Sitaramayya, Presidential Address to the Fifty-fifth Session of the Indian Congress, Jaipur, 1948.

(The Muslims had) enriched our culture, strengthened our administration, and brought near dist ...more
Answered by SHERKHAN, 30 Mar '10 04:41 pm

 
  
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Answered by anil garg, 27 Apr '13 12:17 am

 
  
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No. it is shown. but our PM and President are very cool ly taking care of everything. They hv weakened the other economies of other countries so weak that whatever they do.
Answered by ashwani agarwal, 02 Feb '13 08:37 pm

 
  
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I do not want to dwell on the past since it is a well known fact to everybody. I do not fully agree with your view that politicians would sell the country for the sake of power. If at all they do, they would be the first ones to get killed by the invaders. You know that very well. Both the Muslim invaders as well as British did the same to such treacherous Indians who colluded with them. We are now in the 21st century and you do not have to invade a country physically to conquer it. It can be done without sending a single soldier or without firing a single bullet. This is more dangerous today. Here, I agree with your point of view that the present day politicians would do everything to hang on to power. If you observe very closely, you would understand that the countrys interests have already been compromised to a large extent by holding itself ransom to the sole Super Power. India does not have a voice of its own now in international matters viz Iran, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Tibet, Nepa ...more
Answered by Tony Fernandez, 31 Mar '10 12:30 pm

 
  
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Situation was different in 12th century.
India was a prospering and peaceful land. There were no military unity.
But today India is a mighty country. No country will dare to challenge us, other than doing some vague proxy war.
And no matter how many corrupt political parties we have none of them can effort to became non patriotic. The inbuilt system in India will take care of all betrayers.
Jai Hind.
Let us not forget, India today is not only a so called country but also a great conception.
Answered by Prakash Chandra, 30 Mar '10 05:14 pm

 
  
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