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Man has the tendency to interpret and understand history by looking at events through a narrow snapshot in time. At every snapshot, there always invariably is a point where India seems to be riddled with societal, cultural and religious dissensions that cause the nation to crumble from within. And always in these most difficult times, one man is born who has the capacity to transform the society and reinvigorate societal and cultural ethos and re-instate dharma to its rightful place. During the period of Alexander’s invasion in India, not only were the small kingdoms divided, but also the social fabric had disintegrated, meaningless and misinterpreted rituals were rampant and selfishness was dominant. At this critical juncture, one man, single-handedly, vowed to unite the vast country and establish a new dharmic social order and revive India to her rightful position as beacon of knowledge to the entire world. This extraordinarily talented man was none other than Chanakya.
“Vedahun vidit dharma pracharyun, Gohat kalamka vishva nivaryun.
Sakal jagat mein Khalsa Panth gaajey, Jagey dharm Hindu sakal bhand Bhajey”
Guru Gobind Singh
(May I preach the Vedas to the whole mankind / May I remove the blot of cow-slaughter from the whole world / May the Khalsa Panth reign supreme / Long live Hinduism and falsehood perish)
The 17th century was not a pleasant time for India, plagued as it was by foreign aggression and internal dissensions. The aggressors neither spoke the same tongue, nor had the same notions of religion and dharma. Not only were they different from the natives, but also they were extremely intolerant to the native faith. The aggressors had already embarked on the mission of wiping out native culture from India. Furthermore, Indians themselves remained divided. While a section of society believed in the escapist philosophies of illusion, another section completely adhered to extreme forms of ritualism, without a clear grasp of the underlying concepts of dharma. People remained divided not only on the lines of caste, but they also disputed doctrinal differences. This was the time not of philosophical discussion, but of action, because the bigger enemy was the foreign aggressor. At this crucial stage, was it possible for dharma to be re-interpreted, for the Hindus had to rise to a heightened level of consciousness to give up the internal differences for the sake of the honor of their motherland? Guru Gobind Singh was the person who made this possible with a truly secular point of view. His philosophy was very simple – a dharmic Indian shunned differences on basis of religion and protected the honor of his nation.