Genesis Of A Noble Nation
Coming from the pen of two great sons of the soil, this book forcefully emphasises the need for the values that make a truly sustainable society in spite of growing economic prosperity of the country. They are convinced that success comes from the values and not from economic growth or military strength alone.
In the first part of the book, the writers deal with the dynamics of Indian culture and discussed its evolution and conceptualise it. Indian civilisation has been the form and expression of a culture as great as any in human history, great in religion, philosophy and science and many other fields of life. The values enshrined in the Vedas and epics the Ramayana, the Upanishads, the Mahabharat—created a great impact on Indian literature and life. The scientists of the ancient tradition discovered the capability of the human mind to settle with a state of deep silence while remaining awake. The first phase of the journey into the realm of Indian philosophy includes the Vedas, the Aranyakas and the Upanishads. When we look into it, we need to realise that some principles are meant for all times, while some are relevant for a small period.
In the second chapter, the writers have discussed as to what is it designed to accomplish and what is its future if development is essentially concerned with human needs and their fulfilment. There is an inner power that defines the relation of man with himself. It is a stupendous factor in human life and the one upon which success in life is most dependent. The third chapter deals specifically with the theme of unity. It deals with the unity of body and mind and the various tasks and social rules that have to mutually support one another to build a unified community. Body and mind cooperate as indivisible parts of one’s whole. The development of our body is directed and aided by our minds, which is always engaged in governing the environment in such a way that body can be protected from sickness, disease and death. The writers are of the view that the mind and the body, individual and the family, and the family and society are all seen as expressions of life. Individual and family function within the context of a community.
In the first four or five years of life, an individual establishes the unity of his mind and constructs the relations between mind and body. In the second part of the book, the writers have viewed the importance of creating healthy individuals. They have described individuality as the consciousness of an individual above who he is and how he lives. They have developed certain aphorisms with the idea behind them that health is a multifaceted condition that includes physical, emotional and spiritual aspects and all of them are inter-related and interdependent. According to the writers, freedom, self-control, fearlessness, moderation, broadmindedness, balanced nervous system, bio-chemical balance, right conduct and healthy economics are the essential attributes of health, but negative feelings are definitely an obstacle in the attainment of good health.
In the next chapter “The Birth of a Beautiful Home,” the writers feel the home should be the happiest place, one can ever know on the earth and a place that is a constant source of strength and inspiration, but to create and preserve its happiness, certain qualities and attitudes are required. The family in a beautiful home is an institution of love, care, compassion and kindness. It brings progress, peace, prosperity and tranquility in the society. The family is the institution through which one generation prepares another for the service of human civilisation. Emotions and thoughts are the fundamental factors that create the
chain of relations in a family.
In the last chapter, the writers, visualises the birth of a noble nation. Economic prosperity and an embedded value system promotes a prosperous and peaceful society and thereby the evolution of a happy nation. Birth of a noble nation would need studying the challenges faced by the society due to the continuous process of growth and environmental deterioration and finding a sustainable suggestion to remedy the damage and promote a conflict-free society for posterity.
This book fully justifies the caption: “Only a strong and happy family can lead to the birth of a noble nation” and reminds us of the values that make for a truly sustainable society at the heart of which is the family. It provides a valuable counterpoint to the modern-day emphasis on consumerism, highlighting the sanctity of the natural world and its great power to evoke human creativity and love.
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TALE OF A VALIANT PATRIOT
A Dreamer of Freedom depicts the interesting life and struggle of Bhaskararao Bhave of Naragund Kindom of Peshwa dynasty for freedom. It shows the conflict between Bhaskararao Bhave and the East India Company authorities during 1857 war of Independence. The book explores the themes of struggles for freedom, loyalty, betrayal and colonial quest for power. It is a fitting tribute to the lover of freedom and brings to our mind similar heroes like Tatya Tope and Bhagat Singh at different phases of Indian history.
Unable to tolerate the British oppression any longer, Nanasaheb Peshwa rebelled against them and tried to inspire the other kings of princely states in India to do the same. Bhaskararao Bhave, who belonged to the Peshwa dynasty, was fiery patriot who suffered from a lack of heir-at-law and other allied problems. He initially sought permission from the Company government to adopt a son from among his relatives. But when the British authorities refused permission to him, he rebelled against them and finally declared war on them.
The British authority cleverly used the “Divide and Rule” policy and weaned some of Bhaskararao’s officer’s to their own side. Thus his own men like Banyabapu and Krishnajipant betrayed Bhaskararao. Rendered helpless by the emergency Bhaskararao ran away from Naragund. The British authorities searched for him and finally arrested him, and passed a death sentence to him. But again due to quirks of his fate, he escaped when one of his confidants courted death by impersonating him. Thus the book depicts the story of colonial conflict between Indians and the British and the other related matters.
By Prof KD Sharma