Sixty years ago, India threw off the chains of the British Empire and became a free nation. And now the world’s largest democracy is rushing headlong into the future. As the brief heyday of the West draws to a close, one of the greatest players in history is rising again. India has seen the ebb and flow of huge events since the beginning of history. Its tale is one of incredible drama and the biggest ideas. It’s a place whose children will grow up in a global superpower and yet still know what it means to belong to an ancient civilisation. This is the story of a land where all human pasts are still alive. A 10,000-year epic that continues today. The story of India.
Thus began Michael Wood’s narrative in the famous BBC documentary – The Story of India. The documentary, which was released almost a decade ago, revolves around India and the subcontinent, right from the beginning of the first civilisation to how India has shaped up the world around it and how it has been moulded by the influence of the West and the East.
But you get the irony in the series right? A British historian travels through the lush green landscapes and modern cities of India and Pakistan (which was India till 1947) to uncover, discover and unravel the culture that abounds India to air it on British television via Britain’s pride in the media industry, BBC. All this comes after the British ruled India for ages. The rulers now have become the researchers who want to know further how the world’s largest democracy was formed and how it is rising again to be a global force, despite the saga of ebbs and flows.