(Online Course) Essay Writing Skills Improvement Programme: Essays on Cultural issues & Personalities – Why should we proud of being Indians?

Part F – Essays on Cultural issues & Personalities

Why should we proud of being Indians?

I am proud of being an Indian. But for what reason? Is it for
the simple reason that I am a creation of the Indian soil? Or, is it for the
reason that the Indian soil uplifts me? Certainly not for these reasons only.
Someone else can take pride in being an Indian for these reasons, but the reason
of my pride is that my country, India, makes Sahishnuta [for bearance],
Sahansheelta [tolerance] and Sarvabhaumik Swikriti [universal acceptance] the
basis of identity of its inhabitants. Furthermore, I am proud of being an Indian
because Ahimsa [non-violence] in its perfect state is accepted as the supreme
value in day-to-day living here.

It is evident that forbearance, tolerance and universal
acceptance, along with Ahimsa, are the parts and parcels of the lives of the
Indians. On the strength of these values India accorded refuge to all those who
became the subject of atrocities and were oppressed in their own respective
continents or countries. Without any cast, creed, colour, gender or
religion-based discrimination, India adopted all those who reached to its land
for the purpose of taking shelter. This is, in fact, the Indian Way, established
centuries before. This is foremostly the subject of pride for me and lacks of
other like minded people.

I am proud of being an Indian because my country granted
refuge to those Jews who became victims of atrocities of the Romans and after
the destruction of their holy place of worship by them reached the Indian soil
for shelter. They not only got refuse here forever, but also the permission of
earning their livelihood. Deprived of freedom in their own motherland of Iran,
Zoroastrians [Parsis], the followers of Spitama Zoroaster, who conveyed the
great message of monotheism, when reached India to take refuge, Indians accepted
them with joy. It is a long list of such refugees. The names of several
human-groups and tribes are there in that list, who attracted by the sweet-smell
of the Indian soil, reached here from time-to-time during the last four thousand
years.

I am proud of being an Indian because the Dravidians, the
Aryans, the Shakas, the Kushanas, and the Hunas are the inhabitants of India.
The Greeks, the Europeans, the Mongols [including the Moghuls], the Tatars, the
Turks and the Arabs are on the Indian soil. The blood developed in all
continents of the world flows in the veins of India. A pleasant combination is
it that people come from all continents in India and stay here with pride? They
try to convert themselves to become Indians and to follow the Way of India.

I am proud of being an Indian because not only so-called high
families-born great men, sages and saints have added to the honour and pride of
the country, but the so-called low families- born Maharshi Valmiki, Saint
Ravidas, Mahatma Kabir and Sain too have added to India’s honour; they too have
contributed towards the glorification of the country. Furthermore, they have
also filled their compatriots with ethical values, morality and dutifulness in
great measures. Like Brahmin-class born Vashishtha or Kshatriya-class born
Vishwamitra, Mahavira, Gautama Buddha and Nanak, Dravidian Rishi Tiruvallur has
also added to the honour of the nation through his great message for humanity.
Moreover, so-called Shudra-family born Saint Tukaram is not the least than any
of his contemporary so-called high-class born saints and sages. In every age
virtuous people were born to accord proper knowledge of dharma and also to
convey the true message of the Indian Way. Doubtlessly, they go forward for the
welfare of all-high or low, they purified the soil of the country and became the
voice of India.


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I am also proud of being an Indian because seeds of democracy
have been in existence in social, political and economic structure of the
country since ancient times. The large-scaled interest of people has been in the
centre at the time of taking decisions. Mutual discussion, harmony and
cooperation have been the basis of implementation of decisions.

India is the largest democracy of the world. Democracy builds
the political structure of the country. Freedom, one of the fundamentals of
democracy, is the ornament of citizens of India. Everyone has the right to free
speech here. In this regard India is not behind any of the democratic nations of
the world.

It is India that allowed Late Benazir Bhutto to present the
case related to civil liberties of her compatriots on its land. It is India that
provided the opportunity to Asma Jahangir of Pakistan to obtain support and
cooperation on the question of human rights violation in her country. It is
India that accords freedom of speech to Taslima Nasrin-a social writer of
Bangladesh. The whole world knows that the Dalai Lama is staying in India for
decades and from the Indian soil he struggles for the freedom and rights of the
Tibetans.

In spite of displeasure of mighty China, Indians extend their
support to him. Pro-democracy leader of Burma [Myanmar], Aung San Suu Kyi, who
is currently under house arrest in her own country, receives people’s support in
India. Hundreds of her supporters stay in India and from here they struggle for
the development for democracy set up in their homeland.

I am also proud of being an Indian because all those
scholars, who influenced by cultural heritage of India reached from time-to-time
to its land, received due respect and honour. Whether it was Megasthenese
[350-290 B. C.], or Fa-hien, Hieun Tsang [603-664] or I-Tsing or anyone else,
the Indian Way and thinking attracted them all. After accomplishing their tasks
of gaining knowledge and particularly collecting valuable information of 
instincts of Indians, they reached back to their native countries with never
forgettable memories. India proved to be the greatest centre of knowledge and
spiritualism for all of them. They all accepted Hindustan to be
the Jnanaguru and spiritual leader of the world.

Being an Indian my pride increases when I find that a pilgrim
of the Indian Way Moghul emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar is accepted as an ideal in
this country; Annie Basant is elected the President of the Indian National
Congress; Mecca-born Abul Kalam Azad, in presence of stalwarts like Gandhi,
Lajpat Rai, Motilal Nehru and Chitta Ranjan Das, is nominated to preside over
the Congress session at the age of 35 years; Mountbatten holds the post of the
Governor-General of India even after its independence from Great Britain.

 Being an Indian my pride multiplies when I meet the
reality of inhabitance of followers of almost all chief religious-communities of
the world on India’s soil. They are secure here. They receive the cooperation of
true followers of the Indian Way at the time of distress. 

It may be a question mark in any other country of the world
on the existence of followers of any particular religious-community, but in
India all along with their chosen faiths and beliefs are safe. Four of the major
religious-communities of the world-Hindu [Vedic], Jain, Boddh and Sikh- 
have been established or developed in India and doubtlessly they are safe here.
Four of them- Jews, Zoroastrian, Christian and Islam-have been established in
Arab or the Middle-East Asia. The followers of all of them too are in the bosom
of Mother India and they are also safe here.

Two religious-communities-Confucian and Taoism-have been
established in China and followers of both of them, along with the followers of
Shintoism-a Japanese-born religious-community, have all possibilities for them
in India. Moreover, the followers of newly born community of Bahais are also
safe and sound in India.

Being an Indian it is also increases my pride that centuries
before human-divinity was made the basis of the principle of national and
universal acceptance in India. The source of all around visible peculiarity is
the human-divinity. Therefore, human beings have been accorded supreme in the
creation.

Everyone, no matter what particular religious-community or
class he belongs, is equally revealer of divinity. And it is the result of this
very recognition that on the basis of his or her religious- community, creed,
colour or class not a single human being from any part of the globe has been
denied entry to this land. All received opportunities for their progress and
welfare. This great and unique principle has given such an extension to the
glory of India that one of my European friends, like a honey-bee, desires to
take a seat on deep-rooted, juicy and prosperous tree like India. Influenced by
Indian chivalry, harmony and hospitality she desires to come to this land
time and again. Is it the least to add to my pride being an Indian? No, it is
enough to do so. Furthermore, she is convinced by the Indian way. She praises
for this way and going deep to this way rejoices and feels rich.

Thus, on the whole, I can say in brief that the reason for my
pride of being an Indian is the Way of India and its chief features which I have
mentioned. It is possible that many may not agree with my brief opinion about
the Indian Way. In practice they may perceive something different from my views.
But, the true Indian Way is the one which I have discussed.

Certainly that way is not a narrow or restricted one. It is
full of comprehensiveness. It is a harmonious one. It is the nurturer of the
basic culture of this country. It is devoid of any discrimination. Isolation,
detachment, discrimination, fundamentalism and narrowness have no place in the
true Indian Way or the vision. If someone tries to connect it with any of them,
he, doubtlessly goes against this way.

In other words I can say that such a one is not a true
Indian. He is selfish, and in spite of hiding him in the shadow of Indianness,
he does not follow its way and vision.  Why should we be proud of india?

  • It is the only society in the world which has never known
    slavery.

  • India invented the Number System. Zero was invented by
    Aryabhatta. The place value system, the decimal system was developed in
    India in 100 BC.

  • The World’s first university was established in Takshila
    in 700 BC. More than  10,500 students from all over the world studied
    more than 60 subjects.

  • The University of Nalanda(later destroyed by mogul
    emperors and we lost most of the scientific knowledge we had) built in the
    4th century was one of the greatest achievements of ancient India in the
    field of education.

  • Sanskrit is considered the mother of all higher
    languages. Sanskrit is the most precise, and therefore suitable language for
    computer software – a report in Forbes magazine, July 1987.

  • Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to
    humans. Charaka, the father of medicine consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years
    ago. Today Ayurveda is fast regaining its rightful place in our
    civilization. It is the only system which takes the holistic view of the
    person being treated.

  • Although modern images of India often show poverty and
    lack of development, India was the richest country on earth until the time
    of British in the early 17th Century. Christopher Columbus was attracted by
    her wealth and was looking for route to India when he discovered American
    continent by mistake.

  • The art of Navigation was born in the river Sindh 6000
    years ago. The very word Navigation is derived from the Sanskrit word
    NAVGATIH. The word navy is also derived from Sanskrit ‘Nou’.

  • Bhaskaracharya calculated the time taken by the earth to
    orbit the sun hundreds of years before the astronomer Smart. Time taken by
    earth to orbit the sun: (5th century) 365.258756484 days.

  • The value of “pi” was first calculated by Budhayana, and
    he explained the concept of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem. He
    discovered this in the 6th century long before the European mathematicians.

  • Algebra, trigonometry and calculus came from India.
    Quadratic equations were  propounded by Sridharacharya in the 11th
    century. The largest numbers the Greeks and the Romans used were 106 whereas
    Hindus used numbers as big as 10*53(10 to the power of 53) with specific
    names as early as 5000 BC during the Vedic period. Even today, the largest
    used number is Tera: 10*12(10 to the power of 12).

  • According to the Gemological Institute of America, up
    until 1896,India was the only source for diamonds to the world.

  • The earliest reservoir and dam for irrigation was built
    in Saurashtra. According to Saka King Rudradaman I of 150 BC a beautiful
    lake aptly called ‘Sudarshana’ was constructed on the hills of Raivataka
    during Chandragupta Maurya’s time.

  • Chess (Shataranja or AshtaPada) was reportedly invented
    in India.

  • Sushruta is the father of surgery. 2600 years ago he and
    health scientists of his time conducted complicated surgeries like
    cesareans, cataract, artificial limbs, fractures, urinary stones and even
    plastic surgery and brain surgery.

  • Usage of anesthesia was well known in ancient India. Over
    125 surgical equipments were used. Detailed knowledge of anatomy,
    physiology, etiology, embryology, digestion, metabolism, genetics and
    immunity is also found in many texts.

  • When many cultures were only nomadic forest dwellers over
    5000 years ago, Indians established Harappan culture in the Sindhu Valley
    Civilization.

  • The name `India’ is derived from the River Indus, the
    valleys around which were the home of the early settlers. The Aryan
    worshippers referred to the river Indus as the  Sindhu.

  • The Persian invaders converted it into Hindu. The name
    `Hindustan’ combines Sindhu and Hindu and thus refers to the land of the
    Hindus.

  • The World’s First Granite Temple is the Brihadeswara
    temple at Tanjavur in Tamil Nadu. The shikhara is made from a single ‘
    80-tonne ‘ piece of granite. Also, this magnificient temple was built in
    just five years, (between 1004 AD and 1009 AD) during the reign of Rajaraja
    Chola

  • India is…….the Largest democracy in the world, the
    6th largest country in the world AND one of the most ancient and living
    civilizations (at least 10, 000 years old).

  • The game of snakes & ladders was created by the 13th
    century poet saint Gyandev. It was originally called ‘Mokshapat.’ The
    ladders in the game represented virtues and the snakes indicated vices. The
    game was played with cowrie shells and dices. Later through time, the game
    underwent several modifications but the meaning is the same i.e good deeds
    take us to heaven and evil to a cycle of re-births.

  • The world’s highest cricket ground is in Chail, Himachal
    Pradesh. Built in 1893 after levelling a hilltop, this cricket pitch is 2444
    meters above sea level.

  • India has the most post offices in the world !

  • The largest employer in the world is the Indian railway
    system, employing over a million people !.

  • The Baily Bridge is the highest bridge in the world. It
    is located in the Ladakh valley between the Dras and Suru rivers in the
    Himalayan Mountains. It was built by the Indian Army in August 1982.

  • There is no religion as Hinduism, there was this Vedic
    system of life and people had freedom to choose their own god. This Vedic
    system or sanatana dharma was just a way of life and the name Hindu came
    from the Sindhu River, which means people who live  beyond river sindhu,
    so anyone living in India is literally Hindu, but now this does not hold any
    value. We have divided our system to a great extent to be repaired.

  • The real name of India (as in satyuga) is Bharat or
    Bharatvarsha.

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