The past is all there.

Before the glory that was Greece and Rome, there was a valiant, enchanting land, full of spiritualvigor and mystic wisdom. Creating breath-catching wonders in sculpture, art, literature, Science, Mathematics,Astronomy, Philosophy, and Medicine, to name only a few, the ancient land of Bharat marched on in its gold brick road. The wise men of Bharat, the rishis, held infinity in the palm of their hand and communed with the Universe. FromAfghanistan to Burma and from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, their vivid dynamism gave the world the decimal system, theconcept of zero, stupendous architecture, paintings, Panchatantra, Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Kalidasa,vatsayana, Buddhism, Jainism, Arthashastra, etc. etc. The brilliant land stood out with the brightness of a thousand sun against the backdrop of an ancient world of brutal empires, starved humanity and a civilization celebrating the stone-age. The past is all there. Before the glory that was Greece and Rome, there was a valiant, enchanting land, full of spiritual vigor and mystic wisdom. Creating breath-catching wonders in sculpture, art, literature, Science, Mathematics,Astronomy, Philosophy, and Medicine, to name only a few, the ancient land of Bharat marched on in its gold brick road. The wise men of Bharat, the rishis, held infinity in the palm of their hand and communed with the Universe. FromAfghanistan to Burma and from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, their vivid dynamism gave the world the decimal system, theconcept of zero, stupendous architecture, paintings, Panchatantra, Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Kalidasa,vatsayana, Buddhism, Jainism, Arthashastra, etc. etc. The brilliant land stood out with the brightness of a thousand suns,against the backdrop of an ancient world of brutal empires, starved humanity and a civilization celebrating the stone-age. Not surprisingly, Bharat of ancient times, unconquered, unrivaled, had its confidence soaring and its mind unfettered. A master realist, Chanakya, a product of those glorious times, gave a strategic compass via the Neetishastra which ensured the prosperity and culture to thrive for over 1000 years. However, all good things come to an end and so it happened to Bharat also. From the front row of the History stage, the curtain rises on another era. We now witness a new scene where Christianity and Islam duel it out in the Middle East and Europe and then turn towards the sunny land of Bharat. The golden era when Bharat could defeat the Greeks and extend its influence from Afghanistan to Burma was no longer there. There was prosperity, there was culture, enterprise, civilization, etc. but there was a missing piece. The philosophy of Chanakya and strategic compass was gone. Gone also was the strategic ruthlessness of dealing with the enemy, of keeping up with new techniques of warfare such as horse breeding or musketry. India became soft. It lost the muscular heft that protects wealth and culture. And thus we enter the era of missed opportunities, of strategic blunders that Nationalists rightly moan with anger and frustration. A classic example is provided by the 12th century Rajput king, Prithvi Raj Chauhan. Courageous and patriotic, he defeated Mohammed Ghori but instead of finishing off the job he pardoned him. His misplaced generosity was not returned. Ghori got him only once and that was enough. His eyes were gouged out and he suffered a humiliating death. In addition the population was forcibly converted to Islam, the men folk butchered and the women sold into harems. What kind of a mindset would let go a vicious enemy? Unfortunately, the same mindset is now dealing with Pakistan. They attack us in Bombay and we give them Aman ki Asha. On the other hand, tiny ancient Nubia, learnt very quickly how to deal with Islam. Using poisoned arrows, guerilla warfare and ferocious ruthlessness they returned cruelty for cruelty and deterred and wiped out Islam from Nubia and prevented its taking root in major parts of Africa. We now squirm as we watch the Historic stage reveal lapses after lapses, and each time there is more of the same, a repeating scenario of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. At the third battle of Panipat, in 1761, the Marattas had cornered Ahmed Shah Abdali, yet they suddenly terminated hostilities. Had they defeated him and put him to death, the History of North India would have been different. In 1974, after the Pokhran blast, Indira Gandhi stopped complete weaponization. Had she continued, India would have been on the world stage as a declare Nuclear d weapon state with overwhelming advantage over Pakistan. That golden opportunity was also lost.

Today. Today. Unless we rewire our mental hardware to assert and finish the job. to assert enough to tide over the current crisis. Our soft and surrendering mindset is our greatest enemy. we will forever be the land of eternal victims. when the Indian army had almost recovered all of Kashmir. will remain the "Achilles heel of Hindustan" that will lead us to certain defeat. Refusal to finish off our enemy. strategy and the oxygen of democracy. the priceless real estate of North Kashmir is in Pakistani and Chinese hands. Nehru gave up the UN Security Council seat to the Chinese. we could have settled the Kashmir problem once and for all. The mindset of our enemy. Vajpayee ushered in Pokhran II but stopped testing before acquiring a proven thermonuclear deterrent. "an enemy is an enemy is any enemy. As a result. a diffident India failed to finish the task. our surrendering mindset. it is baked in our genes to just get by. confidence. China or all of them put together. but not to end if forever. looking down on our own culture. we surrendered Haji Pir pass. they will not spare a single Hindu. the warrior attitude of ancient India is gone. cultural pride. rules of engagement. by leveraging the presence of 90. unable to grab opportunities. gathers more failures. a vital logistics path to the enemy. inertia to support our fellow Hindus. Wars are won not only by weapons but with a superior and ruthless mindset that will not hesitate to finish the job. and in 1998. blocking our way to Central Asian resources and forcing us to compromise on Afghanistan. more than Islam. we refuse to play cricket with them". is persistent and ruthless. "voting for Hindu interests" . Pakistan. In 1955. Does India have the same ruthlessness to survive? Does it have a clear purpose and dedication to follow through? Can we say for example. Unfortunately. They want India destroyed. boldly day in and day out. In 1971 when a victorious India stood over a prostrate Pakistan. corrupt set of politicians. And as days go by. we will fight amongst ourselves to bring them all back. . it will be of no use because we will hesitate to use it when necessary. This "voluntary moratorium" on testing was skillfully exploited by the Americans in the controversial Nuclear deal with dubious benefits to the security of the nation. to transform our passive minds to become attack dogs. political correctness and cowardice. our mindset is such that even if all the muslims leave India voluntarily. But as before. unless we turn the tides with a towering National mission hewed from the sinews of courage. and failure to revolt against a traitorous. Nehru ordered a ceasefire. unwilling to propagate our religion. Pakistan. Their goal is clear. Moreover. openly. replaced by dossier. If given a chance. even if we have the "brahmastra". to keep the ardor of our mission alive? Unless we have such a mindset we cannot deter the enemy. root and branch. And there are more.000 pakistani prisoners of war. In 1965.In 1948.

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