Why should Indians learn their past heritage?
I’m often told that my, you know, it’s a lot of people tell me, why do you study history, why do we need to know our pasts, you know, we need to concentrate on today, what can we do today, and look to the future, that’s the thing, I get to hear very often.
So, this puts me in a dilemma because, you know, there is for this meaningless to say that, you know we should, it’s like living with amnesia if you don’t know your past because the past present and future are on a continuum. So, if you just focus on today and tomorrow then we are not going to know our abilities. So, whatever it happened today is the result of what happened in the past and what’s going to happen tomorrow is the result of policies and actions that are happening today. So, it’s in a continuum, makes no sense to say that, we are not going to look at the past because it’s uncomfortable for us or because it’s depressing for us. We need to look at it, in order to know, how to go forward, and one of the quotes that I give to people, when they tell me ‘not to not to pay attention to history’ is this. If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know that, it’s part of a tree. Michael Crichton said that.