3 июня 2011, 07:41 | 1 505 просмотров
“I want you to do things…
I want you to build India.
Can you conceive a bigger thing
than to build this new country of ours”
It is not easy to answer the question why and what India means to me. But I’ll try to answer it. Images of peacefulness, mysticism and fine arts, high level of civilization are synonymous with the name of India.
India – this is the country where one can meet large groups of people with different ethnic origins; speaking different languages, practising different faiths and above all, where people live in peace and love. It is the country of the world history. Glimpses of lives of such great men as Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore and Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, are not only inspiring but are of unending relevance.
Let us recollect such well-known persons as Al-Baruni, Z. Babur, and Nicolai Roerich. They are people of different religions, faiths, nations who devoted not only their lives to India but also their unique and famous works which are considered to be the treasure-house of world culture. Al-Baruni had learned Sanskrit, customs and long surviving tradition of worshipping nature with awe and wonder, the laws and philosophy of the peoples of India. Al-Baruni was, of course, aware of the epic Mahabharata. This appeared to be the base on which he had created his masterpieces. Millennium has passed but we are still admiring his works.
One must like India very strongly and devote one’s life, talent, soul to her. As was done by the famous Russian painter Roerich who was a very intelligent person. His wonderful paintings on India convey his love for and admiration of India, her ancient culture, music, arts and architecture. India became his homeland.
India is also the motherland of a famous Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore who remains an almost unsurpassed humanitarian poet who depicted rare images of the finesse of human emotions and sensibility.
The person whom I admire is Jawaharlal Nehru. He made great contributions to the developing world and was a symbol of dynamic leadership among the new-born independent countries.
The rich diversity of India’s culture has always attracted, and is still attracting, talented people from all over the world. Z. Babur was the man of big talent and wonderful fate, the son of his own epoch the connoisseur of art, the diplomat. Having found no justice, no ideal ruler in Maverannahr Babur had found that in India. India reminded him of his own motherland, where he was born. We do not think of him as a conqueror because he created the conditions for mutual interaction of the Indo-Muslim religions and culture. All his life and almost all his descendants served this great country. In the famous masterpiece Baburnama, with great pleasure and love he described the nature in India, her traditions, ceremonies, various plants and animal world. When he came to India, he did not find India a strange country, but his new, second wonderful native land.
My love for India and her classic heritage was aroused by the deep admiration of this greatest son of India. I am looking forward to seeing the same kind of people among our own generation who will be able to contribute to the mutual understanding between our countries. Recalling the words of Indira Gandhi: ”The more you learn about a country, the more unknown is it felt”. And I agree, the more I learn about India, the more I am attracted but she is still an enigma for me!