DR SS BHATTI
To add some adventure to the annual ritual of fervent festivities on Independence Day I want to share with you something we tend to never even imagine in the heat of periodic excitement. In mid-1980s I prophesied, firstly, that by the turn of the 20th century India would emerge as the World Leader in R-A-C-E = Religion Art Culture and Empathy (Karuna), and, secondly, that the 21st century belongs to Hinduism. Both my hunches have come out to be true. Millions across the globe, transcending their creeds, colours, classes, political affiliations, and ethic eccentricities are mesmerised by the mystique of the matchless Indian tradition of spirituality, metaphysics, art, architecture, culture, and social mores.
June 21 stands accepted as World Yoga Day. Innumerable schools for the teaching of Sanskrit [the scientists have recognised as the most scientific language of the world] have been opened in Europe, America, and other countries. Scholars are so charmed as to initiate enthusiastic multi-disciplinary scholastic investigation into the Mystery called India that is Bharat.
World celebrities like the highest-paid Hollywood actor Julia Roberts stands converted to Hinduism who, with irrepressible sense of pride, declares, “I’m definitely a practising Hindu.” Henry Ford’s great grandson abandoned his multi-billion empire to join Hare Krishna Hare Rama, changing his name from Alfred B Ford to Ambrish Das.
My third averment is an observation based on analytical discernment of what goes on in the world by many names under the umbrella-title of progress and development. According to my assessment no genius was born in the twentieth century that somehow subsisted on the historic contribution of 19th-century geniuses in various fields. Some of them were: Charles Darwin, Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Florence Nightingale, Marie Curie, BR Ambedkar, Jawaharlal Nehru, Allama Iqbal, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud, Lokmanya Tilak, Winston Churchill, Alfred Hitchcock, Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, Leo Tolstoy, Karl Marx, Henry Ford, Richard Buckminster Fuller, Mark Twain, Thomas Alva Edison, Rabindranath Tagore, Dadasaheb Phalke, Bhagat Singh and Louis I Kahn [the last two belong to the cusp period between 19th and 20th centuries].
Interestingly, the Hindu mythological “Sagar Manthan” [Ocean Churning] went endlessly on during the 20th century to produce, unlike the original event’s 14 ratnas (jewels), innumerable jewels in all fields of human endeavour worldwide. For the purpose of this proclamation I have identified the beginning and end of centuries like this: 19th century ended with its cusp period from 1890 to 1910; and 20th century ended with its cusp period from 1990 to 2010. The term cusp is used in astrology in order to refer to the border between either the signs of the zodiac or the twelve houses. The cusp strength is greatest at the midpoint (or overlapping) of this merging of the signs and the effects gradually diminish toward the end of this period, at the waning of the former sign.
The 21st century properly so called began with a Big Bang in 2011. There are geniuses already born in every imaginable field all over the world: music, dance, acting, martial arts, science, art, and so forth.
Having said so I must appeal to all those who happen to read this note to shed their prejudices and mutual hatred to see in which branch of human knowledge their children and grandchildren are born to make an unprecedented contribution to the making of the Planet Earth a better place to live, work, recreate, and progress in, to the glory of Humanity as the Essence of Man.
My fourth hunch is that by 2050 the world would be ruled by women and the globe would then be the envy of paradise and other imaginary places of universal equality and prosperity—free from the intrigues and machinations of ‘polluticians’.
In view of the unprecedented historic potential of the IT-Era geniuses there is the dire need to provide congenial for their wholesome growth. We should adopt the teaching method of the Upanishadic Rishis; make the best use of so many parks in Chandigarh to undertake this onerous task. Retired teachers and professors of various subjects should voluntarily engage children with the schools’ help every Saturday to effect the mental calibration of the children’s genius with orientation for socially-beneficent activities. If we begin today in earnest we certainly can invent a glorious future giving lead to other nations in this awesome humanitarian project by not confining our creative impulses to mere feverish festivities on Independent Day.
Founder-Teacher and Former Principal, Chandigarh College of Architecture (1982-1996)
Dean, Faculty of Design & Fine Arts, and Senator, Panjab University, Chandigarh (1984-1996)
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Wednesday: 15 August 2018; 5:30 a.m.
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