India, Dec. 4 -- Understanding the past helps us in the present. Addressing issues that confront us in the present helps us create a future for the generations ahead. Our nation's history has seen our people invaded,subjugated and our territories occupied. Foreign predators looted and then ruled over us till the East India Company stuck a foothold after the battles of Plassey and Buxar. The East India Company, the richest multi-national ever, thereafter held sway over inter-alia the vast territories they occupied, which the crown in England took over and we were colonised in 1858.

Gradually, people in India started resisting the diktats of the colonial power. An event in 1885 gave birth to the Congress. Between then and 1947, there was a r...