Was India ahead of the West in practicing democratic values?

The word ‘democracy’ is derived from the Greek word ‘demokratia’ meaning rule by the people. Democracy took birth in the city-state of Athens in ancient Greece, around 460 BC, Cleisthenes being considered the father of democracy. This form of government existed along with others such as, monarchy, oligarchy and tyranny. In contemporary India, the democratic form of government or more specifically, republics were already in existence for few centuries. In India, the advent of Aryans occurred around 1500 B.C, marking the beginning of the Vedic Age. Soon, they began settled agriculture and kingdoms called tribal republics called ‘Janapadas’ rose to prominence. Continue reading “Was India ahead of the West in practicing democratic values?”

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?”