Indian arts and crafts ruled the world for thousands of years. The artistry displayed in metal work including of gold, silver, brass, copper, iron, bronze, stonework such as statues etc. as well as in design and creation of jewelry, pottery, ceramics, woodwork, weaving and textiles from silks and cotton, carpets, and so on are exceptional and amazing and were the envy of all who came into contact with the workmanship as well as a learning for developing their own; but our own citizens have forgotten their own achievements.
For example, western researchers found that in 3500 BC Indian weavers were weaving yarn from cotton so fine as to make from one pound of cotton yarn 200 miles long; finer than the human hair! You need machines to do this today!! One just needs to visit Ajanta and Elora to realize how much we have influenced today’s western art and design; do we know this, or care or inform or market ourselves to the world? No, we constantly seek western FDI! No Indian government has had the brains or time to give to such, to them, “mundane” facts, leave alone to develop and capitalize on them.
The Rising India Party takes the position that in these “mundane” facts, lie some part of the solutions to India’s job and wealth creation in the 21st century.
The European, thorough the Greeks and Romans landed up more than 3 centuries before Christ was born and was inspired by the skill, detailing and fineness of workmanship that they saw and experienced. To this day, this talent is amply visible in the various surviving and visible work in the Ajanta-Elora caves and other surviving work. Most was destroyed by Muslim invaders; and our own people did even greater damage.
The Anglo-Saxon is primarily responsible for not only sweeping the Indian civilization, its achievements, and its contributions to their own western society’s development narrative; in the inspiration it provided, the finance and fundamental processes and ideas it provided for the industrial revolution to take off and lead to the highly wealthy and developed state of its civilization and society of today, but they actively connived to the extent they could to destroy or hide all and any visible proof of these undeniable facts.
On the other hand, the Italians, French, Germans still will acknowledge, however reluctantly, the contributions of the Indian civilization to their own civilizational development stories. Most of the proof of our civilizational achievement rests hidden in their archives and deeply hidden museums that are not open to examination; a theft of our civilizational legacy. They all stole, to the extent that it would be fair to state that the Western civilization has been built on theft and murder first, and only then on innovation and enterprise.
At the same time, the greatest tragedy is that almost all of the research into our civilizational story, and indeed whatever preservation of it that exists today, is due also, largely to the same Western people who came in contact with us and include many German, French, Italian and some Anglo-Saxon writers and researchers. Inevitably, they colored what they saw with their own lens and broader agendas. To this day, Indian research into their own civilization is so small and limited as to be almost non-impactful or visible to anyone in the wider world.
One defining feature, and indeed strength, of our civilization is the fact that almost any profession, be it an art, or craft or business of any kind, has been carried within the same families and the skill and talent for it passed down from generation to generation, literally, for thousands of years.
Knowledge was passed on through the medium of “shruti and smriti”; that which was heard to that which was remembered; and given that Sanskrit, the world’s root language, is so mathematical and precise, that complex ideas could be discussed and taught with extreme brevity, this knowledge and insights of our Rishi-Muni’s survived for millennia, till the written technology came into play. Similarly, all skills and craft were passed on from father to son for thousands of years, some, though very little surviving to this day.
What was and is, potentially, a huge asset even now in the 21st century, was, and is still being progressively killed, by our business communities and their short-sighted shylock like profit squeeze from the artisans, to the extent that today’s children of these families have quit the trade and craft in droves over the past 60 years, as newer and better paid work came along. All governments over the years have lacked insight and indeed, concern for these, and have done little except lip-service and some small moves for and on behalf of our arts and craft preservation.
The Rising India Party aims to change this rapidly, and begin immediately, after it wins elections as per a Policy Framework that is aimed at not only reviving, but bring back into the fold many who quit in disgust at low wages and return on their skill and craftsmanship through government support leading to high earning potentials for those who practice these dying skills and craftsmanship as stated below: