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    The Ideas that shaped India

    The Ideas that shaped India
    Absorbing the world, and re-inventing it.

    Of all the important ideas that have convulsed the modern world, a good number have set forth from India and almost every one of them has washed up on its shores. The great English historian, E.P. Thompson, was absolutely right when he once wrote of India that "all the convergent influences of the world run through this society: Hindu, Moslem, Christian, secular; Stalinist, liberal, Maoist, democratic socialist, Gandhian. There is not a thought", Thompson concluded, "that is being thought in the West or East that is not active in some Indian mind".
    This motley intellectual flotsam has been picked up by Indians and turned by them to all sorts of uses-often to the surprise and chagrin of those who first cast these ideas into the world.

    India’s is not a story of steady progress, but of possibilities

    India’s creativity and imagination lie in its moments of intermixture

    India’s loom drew the british and inspired the modern computer

    India’s railway compartments are caravans of cosmopolitanism

    Britain’s ideas of control became india’s tools for freedom

    Indians have to learn to live in peace, if not mutual comprehension