The political scenario of a country in 2003 was as follows:
The President is a Muslim
The Prime Minister is a Hindu
The Defense Minister is a Christian
The Leader of Opposition is a Christian
Four years later, the political scenario in the same country today is as follows:
The President is a Hindu
The Prime Minister is a Sikh
The Vice President is a Muslim
The Leader of Opposition is a Hindu
The Leader of ruling party is a Christian
Where else can you expect this beauty? It happens only in India
Ok, another general knowledge question.
Give a reason that resulted in America being introduced to the rest of the world.
Again, the answer is India!
Till about 5-6 centuries back the entire continent of America was unknown to the modern world.
The world then was primarily divided into Europe, India and China.
China then depended on India primarily for spiritual guidance in the form of Buddhism, the introduction of Martial arts , etc. As Hu Shih, Former Chinese ambassador to USA, once said India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border , referring to the entry of Buddhism into China.
On the other hand, Entire Europe in those days depended on India for trade. All spices, silk, diamonds, etc arrived to Europe from India. Also, a great amount of knowledge (including Mathematics ) was being learnt from India by Greek and other European scholars ever since 300 BCE. Wheels of entire Europe were running on the Indian fuel. Till about two centuries back, India was the only source of diamonds to the whole world!
Peter the Great, of Russia had then clearly stated, Bear in mind that the commerce of India is the commerce of the world and he who can exclusively command it is the dictator of Europe.
While everything was going fine for the Europeans in terms of their trade with India, in 1453 Ottoman turks captured Constantinople and blocked the land based trade route between Indian and Europe! This came as a major blow for the European trade with India. India then was the most prosperous area on this planet, a self sufficient place, and didn’t worry much about the blockage of the trade route. But Europeans relied heavily on their trade with India.
The outcome was that all European countries started looking out for alternate sea based routes to India for trade. Portuguese sailors suggested traveling south in the sea around Africa to India. Vasco Da Gama was the first who achieved this goal of finding a sea route to India in 1498.
But a few years before him, Columbus, funded by Spanish Queen Isabella in 1492, came up with another idea. Unlike most other Europeans who then believed that earth was flat, he was almost convinced that earth was round and hence he thought that taking a west bound journey via the Atlantic Ocean should bring him directly to the eastern shores of India on the other side!! Brilliant idea it was, expecting to save a lot of time required to go all around africa, expect for that fact that he was not aware of another continent he would meet on the way called America!
During the era of Columbus, the entire South Asia and East Asia was called India/Indies.
The ocean in this region is called Indian Ocean, the only ocean named after a country.
The rest is history. Columbus ended up in America, entered the main land of America on his third visit to the place. He in fact thought that he had reached the eastern shores of India via his western route! Which is why you find so many Indian names in and around America today like West Indies, Indiana, Red Indians etc. All these names were given by Columbus and his followers.
So finally, thanks to the European quest to search a sea route to India, the American continent was introduced to the rest of the world. Then the Europeans colonized America, fought wars with natives, who are called Indians (or American Indians), and then America became independent of its British rule, American Indian (i.e native American) territories were taken over by Americans, and then Indian Citizenship Act was passed in 1924 in America to give US citizenship to Native Americans, etc.
The real India in the mean time, which has nothing to do with the American Indians except for the same terminology, continued and continues its journey towards excellence in its own way .
Apollonius Tyanaeus, Greek Traveller of 1st Century AD who visited India said In India I found a race of mortals living upon the Earth. but not adhering to it. Inhabiting cities, but not being fixed to them, possessing everything but possessed by nothing.
Or otherwise simply put, East or West, India is the Best