There is clear evidence emerging that the Indian civilization has existed in a continuum since atleast 7000BC (9000 years earlier) — which is the date assigned to Mehrgarh, probably the world’s first city. Mehrgarh, now in Pakistan, is part of the early phase of the Indus Valley Civilization — which now is being referred to as the Harappa Civilization, or more accurately as the Indus-Saraswati Civilization.

Lately, i have been reading articles in mainstream media about the need for Pakistan to look East towards the “Indus Man”, for finding the roots of its civilization rather than continuing to look towards the West at the Arab world.

There are even blogs coming out as well on the topic, which are claiming the Indus Civilization as their own, and ironically in the same breath conveniently ignore truth of being part of a a greater Indian civilization, out of which they emerged. It is ofcourse inconvenient, and perhaps too radical. Accepting the Indus man from 7000 years ago is easier than accepting being “Indian” just until 65 years ago.

The problems in Kashmir

It is my belief that the problems in Kashmir are originating out the same “look-west” and “Islamic nationalism” approach, rather than finding our roots in the cultural civilization from where we all came. Islam is *not outside of this civilization*, rather a significant part of this. The 2nd oldest mosque in the world existed in India in Kerala. Hindus had a major role in creating prosperity and wealth (through trade) in Yemen and all major middle-eastern ports for over 2000 years.

There is now clear genomic evidence that from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Gujarat to Manipur, we are a common people with a common genetic code. Instead of the Aryans invading India, it was probably the Indians who moved out around 10,000 years ago to what is now Iran and even Central Asia.Proving this is not the point of this blog. Getting to “talk” is!Let’s reclaim “our” civilizationNow that the Pakistanis seem to be waking upto their roots in the Indus-Sarawati Civilization, Kashmir probably will follow suit. And it is time that the “neo-secular” political establishment — which brands anyone who speaks of civilizational roots, is branded a Saffronised Communal element — change its outlook. Surprisingly, it would be as difficult as probably it is in Pakistan to effect this change in these nationalists who seem to believe in a nation that was born less than 65 years ago.

And this is where i wish to take some action.

SparkCamps

Let’s start this change with the liberal, and more open to accepting new ideas generation — the Twitter and the Facebook generation. They’ve caused revolutions in many countries of the Middle East, and the ones where they were completely suppressed – the governments (or rather monarchies) are beginning to slowly change. They “know” change is coming, and they’d better keep pace — or their statues will fall as well.

True to the spirit of the Indian sub-continent — a spirit of dialogue, debates, and arguments — that have existed in our saints and religions, let’s get to business again. Let’s talk! Debate! Argue!

And let’s do it tech and business style — modelled on the the globally popular Bar Camps.

Unfortunately, the wonderful name i came up with is taken by an innovation and creative camp, designed on the lines of Bar Camp. So we will need another appealing name. Something to which the verbose Twitter and Facebook generation will connect to.

Secularism has come to mean rejection of religion and civilization — atleast in India. And France has gone too far with it. Instead of Secularism, we need to develop healthy tolerance for our religions, cultures, and world-views.

Let’s understand about our religions, its nuances, discuss the problems, share solutions; let’s talk about the new age coming, imagine a new world of the future — and in the process help manifest it.

I need help to get started

Anyone?

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