The Unity of India

{xtypo_dropcap}T{/xtypo_dropcap}his article1 is an attempt to explore the idea of an India – to see whether the idea is meaningful, and if so, to trace the birth and the evolution of the idea. Was this concept indigenous to India? Was it a bequest by outsiders, or invaders, or colonizers? Chronologies are rarely given – the reader can pick her/his favorite dates for the various Purānas and epics; it should not matter to the conclusions we have drawn.

An English authority, Sir John Strachey, had this to say about India:
… this is the first and most essential thing to learn about India – that there is not and never was an India or even any country of India, possessing according to European ideas, any sort of unity, physical, political …2

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