Mother India

Will Durant (1885 – 1981) was an American historian, writer and philosopher. His most famous work is the 11-volume “The Story of Civilization”, published between 1935 and 1975. In a 1931 work, “The Case for India“, he had this to say about India.

India was the motherland of our race, and Sanskrit the mother of Europe’s languages: she was the mother of our philosophy; mother, through the Arabs, of much of our mathematics; mother, through the Buddha, of the ideals embodied in Christianity; mother, through the village community, of self-government and democracy. Mother India is in many ways the mother of us all.

It is hard to reconcile today’s India with the great civilization that India once was. Something must have gone wrong. Durant wrote, “A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.”

Was it corruption that destroyed India from within in the past? And is it now in its final phase being totally destroyed by corruption?

4 thoughts on “Mother India

  1. This is sad but true.
    Thanks to our textbooks, socialism, secularism and the lot, indians have been thoroughly colonised and dhimmified.

    We will see the tragic, unnfortunate reality of watching india voluntarily dismantle herself Not disintigerate, but actually dismantle by her own hand.

    Sadly, the centrifugal forces far exceed the centripetal ones.


  2. Ok, Atanu, I was going through your blog

    You have no problem quoting will durant but have trouble accepting Rig vedic referenced sayana bhashya on speed of light?

    Personally I’m troubled with the situations where highly educated people like you trash our old knowledge. You talk about conjecture and actually showing the methodology..I dont dispute that…but you have realize you are deeply engrossed in western methodology ..according to which human intelligence is paramount and anything that cannot be grasped by human intelligence is myth/legend/mystery/unexplained. Its very much practical and much of the industrial revolution owes to that thinking.

    But spirituality is a far superior tool to get intelligence albeit very difficult to achieve..the vedic seers showed its possible…It may very well be the case they asked Surya deva “what is the speed of the light” and he gave the answer..That probably is the leap of faith we educated indians should to take to truly get the gist of the vedas..ultimately the goal of science is spirituality…if is not..its worthless….

    Dont overburden yourself with the thoughts of eradicating poverty in India…try inwards first


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