this was not yet to be. Even the later phases of the Indian independence movement showed
confusion and lack of leadership, contributing to the painful and bloody partition of the
country. No real practical model was created how to rule or modernize such a vast country
without losing its indigenous culture, strength and wisdom. Though India did become free
of external slavery, it continued in intellectual slavery, imitating trends in Western
thinking, particularly Marxism, while ignoring its own deeper and richer treasures, not
only of the past but of its recent leaders.
India in fact internalized its previous
enemies and Indians began to rule over their countrymen, not as their own people, but like
foreign rulers following foreign ideologies, denigrating their own traditions, which they
seldom cared to really study, much less practice, using the wealth of the country for
their own personal benefit and profit. The result of this unfortunate turn of events is
that after fifty years India has not had the hoped for reemergence but has stagnated and
failed to take full advantage of independence. This is not to say that there have been no
positive trends in the post-independence era or that such a more genuine revival can no
longer occur but that the dominant powers of free India have been against the soul of
India, not unlike previous colonial rulers.
The leaders of free India have not tried to awaken the
country to its true soul and spiritual heritage but to bury it further. Apart from a few slogans of peace and harmony of religions to insure
votes from all communities, they have ignored the real spiritual traditions of the land
and failed to honor them, much less practice them. However,
partly because of the failures of the first fifty years of independence, there are signs
of a new Hindu awakening and indications that this negative trend will be reversed.
A Hindu revival is gaining strength every year, though it
remains in its initial stages and is still hesitant in its movement. A decade or more may
be required to enable it to mature, and several decades more to revive Bharata in the true
sense, but it is now an unstoppable force. A resurgent Hinduism can no longer be ignored
and now appears as the power of the future of the country and perhaps the planet as well,
not merely its past. Let us look at the cause of the present malady and its possible cures
so that this future can be hastened.