Sharing this because a discussion on facebook made me wonder if those who make such claims are actually seeking something to be proud of in India, because some other countries are proud of their histories and cultures. (And that makes us feel inferior, because we must do what they do?)
Indians invented planes 7,000 years ago — and other startling claims at the Science Congress
“India’s science and technology minister, Harsh Vardhan, made another startling claim at the conference, saying that ancient Indian mathematicians also discovered the Pythagorean theorem but that the Greeks got the credit.”
I won’t get into the correctness of these claims, but I am trying and understand why we need this validation from ourselves (maybe from others too?) before we can care for our fellow citizens and their rights? Or before we can like ourselves.
Why do we think we need to be proud of something we did not do, for something our ancestors did?
What about those who are a first generation of liberal, compassionate, wise and tolerant people but who had racist, ignorant, gullible and violent ancestors? Who should they be proud of? Should they be content with themselves or should they try to find/invent something to be proud of in their ancestors?
Why do we need to have great ancestors? Why isn’t it enough if we are good (i.e. fair, just, honest and tolerant etc) today?