Rajul takes a look at the rise and fall of powerful nations. The wheel keeps moving. New powers emerge. Nations with money power flex muscles better, she opines.
Time is never stagnant. It keeps on moving and things keep on changing to match its pace. There was a time when Egyptian civilisation was considered the most powerful in the world. It was the time when America and England were not even identified on the map of the world. There was a time when India was considered the richest in terms of gold and precious stones. There was a time when Spain rose to power with the decline of Barbarians there, it was also known for its art and architecture. And then, there was a time when only these three places were known to exist on this planet. The world history’s most ancient civilisations lived on these lands. It is evident that history and time both change with the game of power. It always depends on who rules. They also change with revolutions to change the social and political system from time to time. Revolutions, eventually, bring reforms and hence, play a role in shifting of power to some extent.
This is a fact that no country or region gains power without money. Without money, one can’t raise an army and be successful in continuous conquests. Without money, it is impossible to weaken the subject country in terms of economy. Money and force determine the power to rule or to be ruled. Today also, it true to an extent. But now, the times have changed. There is another factor that plays a role in domination of a nation, and it is public relations or networking!
Hence, the nation with a good PR, good money and the best forces is the ruler nowadays. This nation can make history and has the capacity to change the time with its decision and participation. Today, the United States of America (which is one of the youngest nations to be formed and didn’t even exist on the map of the world in ancient times) is the world leader in all senses.
India, also has surfaced among the developing countries these days because of its good networking and one of the best forces but, of course, the area where it lacks is money. Of course, the world supremacy may be expected from a developed country only. In this case, India has a long way to go although it is a land, famous for its diversity in terms of culture, landforms, languages, lifestyles and intellectuals. It is also an abode to those, who take to spiritualism as a way of life. The essence of India has been preserved by her natives through the storms of time. Some things in this country stay timeless. That too is mentioned in Indian history.
The most important factor which determines the fate of the world is abstract and is called politics. It is a myth that politics is only for gaining power within the country. The truth is that it stretches beyond that. However, there are no elections to determine the supremacy of a nation in the world but there is of course a power play.
The way United States got ambitious after World War I for world leadership with President Woodrow Wilson’s grand plans of peace but he failed. Ultimately, the power play boiled down to economic supremacy. US aided ‘terror agencies’ in other countries to ensure that they remain the leader but it failed again as the plan back-fired with time when ambitious and orthodox leaders took over these agencies. In comparison with the World War I, when its close rival was Great Britain.
In modern times, it is China now. It has patiently and strategically gripped the market across the world with its cheaper goods, also has taken over marine region which is under dispute, it has also been trying to interfere with Indian borders. The ambition is clear and this is the reason behind US being friendly with China’s neighbours like in World War I it was friendly with Great Britain’s neighbours. This was an example of networking – the key is with right nation at the right time.
There is an old proverb that uneasy lays the head which wears the crown and this is apt for United States today as it seems to be the most restless, not because of responsibility but because of insecurity!
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Rajul Tiwari is an educationist, writer, author, editor and poetess. She writes in English and Hindi with equal ease. She heads a publishing unit and her poetry book ‘Beats of Beauty’ has been appreciated by many critiques and poetry lovers. In 2002 & 2004, she was honoured with ‘Editor’s Choice Award’ by International Library of Poetry, US. Rajul is gracious and acknowledges the goodness in others. Her disarming and winsome smile is endearing.