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Should India have adopted communism?

During the recent coronavirus outbreak, China realized that it needs more infrastructure to deal with the increasing number of people affected. She managed to construct two hospitals (out of prefabricated buildings – constructing one from scratch is probably possible only around Hogwarts :p) and make them functional within 10 days. In contrast, the World Bank has labeled India’s Santa Cruz- Chembur link road in Mumbai as ‘the world’s most delayed road project’.

What do many of us Indians have to say about it? ‘China is a communist country, bro. The government can even stop people from having more than one kid, haha. We should have had this in India too.’ Continue reading “Should India have adopted communism?”

Does the geography and climate of the place you live in, influence the type of person you are?

Why were the British able to establish a vast imperial empire where the sun never set? Why is the Middle East so conflict-ridden? Why were the Kazakhs able to resist modernization and the communist ideology forced upon them by Soviet Russia? Why didn’t the people of South Asia show any interest in foreign conquest for a 1000 years?
Without exception, all the major ancient civilizations have developed and flourished on the banks of rivers; the Indus Valley Civilization on the banks of river Indus, the Mesopotamian civilization on the banks of rivers Tigris and Euphrates, the Ancient Egyptian Civilization on the banks of river Nile and the ancient Chinese civilization on the banks of the Yellow river. Continue reading “Does the geography and climate of the place you live in, influence the type of person you are?”

What happened to river Saraswathi?

Allahabad or Prayagraj is one of the holiest sites for Hindus. Here, the Ganga, the Yamuna and the Saraswathi rivers meet at the Triveni Sangam. Hindu holy texts declare that taking a dip in these waters will wash away all sins committed in that person’s lifetime. She is one of the seven rivers that flow through the Saptha Sindhu, along with Indus, Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi, Beas and Sutlej. The Saraswathi is believed to have disappeared into the sands of north-western India and many Hindus believe that the mighty river flows with its past glory under the ground. Did the mighty river exist? If so, what happened to it? Continue reading “What happened to river Saraswathi?”