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Jakarta Post

Sindhu, Shintu, Hindu, Indies, Hindia & Yoga

  • Anand Krishna

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 12 2008   /  10:39 am

"Remember history, or you shall be forgotten by history" -- we have heard phrases like this a thousand times, yet we keep forgetting. So, we are condemned to repeat the same lessons over and over. The Malaysians -- the politicians as well as the clergy -- have forgotten their own history, and therefore the nation is at the brink of disintegration. We must learn from them so as not to make the same mistakes. Decades ago, Nobel laureate V.S. Naipaul warned us of what could happen in countries like ours, where a foreign culture is forcibly imposed upon an indigenous one. In particular, he mentioned five countries: Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Interestingly, all these five countries belong to the great civilization of Sindhu Valley. It was the great Arab Historian of the 10th century BC, Al Beruni, who mispronounced Sindhu as Hindu. T...