The fact that evidence exists about the ideas of human rights and equality in the protoindian civilization does not change the fact, that our very own judicial systems today are built on what started to develop only in the roman period. And while a few elect might have lived in equality in Mohendjo Daro, slavery was existing up to the XIXth century. One must be very biased to not realize that the birth of free human individuality indeed is relatively recent, and that regardless of depth and wisdom, western civilization was what brought the world forward in many areas. It brought diversity, and richness exactly through the individual element, the ever more couragous, daring, creating powers of souls like Beethowen, Mozart, Rafael, but let us not just name artists but let us not forget spiritual artists like Saint Francis of Assisi, or Saint John of The Cross, or a Cristopher Columbus, or the countless important political figures, who shaped our history in ways what were unimaginable before.
Yes, the judicial systems of today, empirical science and philosophy, liberalism etc are largely based on the Greco-Roman tradition. I never deneid it wasn’t. I also do not deny people like Beethoven, Mozart, Rafael have contributed to the progress of the arts in the modern age. Most of the world we live in today is largerly founded by the progress of the West in the last 300 years. This is undeniable. It is also true that modern Indian culture is western. It’s education system is western; its legal system is western and its political and economic systems are western.
However, you cannot compare Western history to Hindu history. They are two different civilisations, two different cultures and two different timelines
Western history is traced to the Greco-Roman period which begins in 1000BCE. Hindu history goes back 10,000 years. So compared to us guys you Western people are young.
It is also clear that we Hindus have done many things before you. In 3000BCE we had planned cities, with perfectly designed roads, lanes, streets and sanitation systems with undergeround sewer systems and plumbing and standardized houses each with their drinking wells, bathrooms, kitchens. You did not have anything close to this until the 18th century. The lack of sanitation system is why you guys were hit by deadly plagues. Wheres Hindus never had to deal with deadly plagues.
We were an industralized(I am not saying we had factories!) in 1500BCE and produced many goods like spices, textiles, ivory, ships, steel, zinc, iron which were exported all over the world. As early as 3000BCE we can find Indian goods in places as far as Mesopotamia and Egypt. The quality of Indian goods is spoken of very highly by all ancient cultures, including the Roman. We were producing steel on an industrial scale as early as 500BCE. Again you did not have anything close to this until the 18th century.
We had dockyards and shipbuilding industries as early as 3000BCE in the Indus. We were exploring the high seas long and had exported our culture and even established colonies all over the world(Indonesia, Bali, Java, Fiji. Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Europe and possibly even the Americas) long before Christopher Coloumbus even set sail.
We had already made major discoveries in science and technology long before the same were made in the West. Some of our discoveries are still unmatched in the West. There is no parallel to Yoga, Sanskrit, Ayurveda, Vedanta and Hindu raaga music. We had already documented and had sophisticated cures and treatments for most diseases that the West did not even know existed until the modern age(such as diabetes) We were performing really sophisticated surgery(300 surgical procedures with 125 surgical instruments, including the use of injections) using anasthestics and sterlized our equipment and used fumigation to kill germs and even classified germs, worms and viruses in 2000-1000BCE. There nothing even close to this in the West till the 18th century, not even a germ theory. This is why so many people died in operations.
We were building massive international universities that taught sciences, philosophy, mathematics, arts, politics etc in 2000-700BCE. There was nothing close to this in the West again till the modern age.
We were also building hospitals for mass healthcare. Again there is nothing close in the West till the modern age.
The same goes for philosophy. We had incredibly developed schools of philosophy that rival the best of modern philosophical schools. Even our logical schools are as good as anything in modern analytical philosophy. In fact were doing analytical philosophy thousands of years before it began in the West in the 20th century.
When it comes arts and poetry there is still no parallel to our Chandashastra and the amazing literary devices it has its disposal and the rigorous classification of metre.
In drama there is still no parallel to Bharathari’s Natyashastra. Aristotle Poetics is puny in comparison.
Therefore it is evident that Hindu history and Western history cannot be compared. They are two different cultures and two different timelines. The Hindus seem to be at least 2000 years ahead of the West in many areas we have looked at.