India's Geography Problem


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  • Vijay Simha
    Vijay Simha  2 hours back

    India's Geography problem will be solved once both Pakistan and Bangladesh are erased from the world map

    • Vijay Simha
      Vijay Simha  2 hours back

      While the Indian Subcontinent makes perfect geographical sense and India occupies a continental proportion of the lands in it, India’s own geography is not perfect. While it has the highest mountain range in the world to its north, the Indian Ocean to its south, dense jungles on its eastern border, its borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh don’t make any geographical sense at all. While both the borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh cuts across two prominent states Punjab and Bengal without any geographical barriers, in the case of Pakistan, India also has to contend with a nuclear armed rival within its own geography … its own realm.

      The creation of Pakistan divided the most prominent plains in Northern India into two. Thus there are no natural geographical barriers between India and Pakistan. The people on both sides of the border share the same culture, languages and origins but are divided by an artificial boundary created due to religious fanaticism. The presence of a hostile Pakistan blocks India in its own geographical backyard, has caused a bitter insurgency in India’s Northernmost state and seriously hampers India’s capacity of projecting power outside South Asia, which in turn has a direct bearing on India’s great power aspirations.

      The region of Pakistan and Afghanistan make a very smooth geographical transition into Central Asia and West Asia, as such this region has the potential to work as a conduit of land based trade from the west, which may grow in hundreds of Billions if India, with its huge Economy, can initiate land based trade through the region of Pakistan. Throughout history, every major kingdom in north western India and every pan Indian Empire had both Indus and the Gangetic plains within its border. The Kushanas, the Mauryas, the Guptas, the Delhi sultanate and the Mughals and the British had both the Indus and Ganges river systems with their realm - Not so the Republic of India.

      This facilitated trade with the central and west Asia as the western frontiers of South Asia were linked to the heartland of South Asia.

      In the present time due to the presence of a hostile Pakistan, India’s access to strategically important central Asia or, in other words, the center of Mackinder’s strategically important Heartland is cut off. India tried to out-maneuver this geographical bottleneck by building an airfield in Tajikistan and by linking the port of Chabahar in Iran with Afghanistan through road.

      However, these measures can only partly mitigate the disadvantages that India faces when it comes to projecting its influence and power throughout Central and West Asia.

      As India cannot afford to be locked-up within South Asia forever, especially with China making deep inroads into the heartlands of Mackinder as well as in the Strategic Indian Ocean region, a better understanding of geo-strategic implications and impediments has to be ingrained into the foreign policy to remove or outmaneuver the artificial roadblock to its western border.

      Geography was wronged in 1947 when Indian Subcontinent was partitioned without any geographical sense. Geographical logic would be established only when all the regions of South Asia are well connected and integrated with each other in a seamless manner. It is India which should lead this endeavor and remove the geographical roadblocks that it faces to the west which could bring about an era of regional integration in South Asia. Geography, ethnic characteristics and history by themselves do not determine the events of the future but they have profound influence on the human endeavors and thereby they shape future geopolitical events.

      Understanding geographical implications and their significance for the India’s Pakistan policy in the 21st century will go a long way in chalking out successful strategies to not only strengthen India’s geopolitical position in South Asia but also contribute to the economic and political stability of the region.

      • Ajin Ajayan
        Ajin Ajayan  17 hours back

        Before British India there was akhand bharat.. Ever heard that term???

        • Jhingur
          Jhingur  1 days back

          bhenchod what?

          • ATTIQ ALBANIAN
            ATTIQ ALBANIAN  2 days back

            Where are My Pakistani Boys And Girls at Come on Guys 🇵🇰 ❤✌

            • Mak1
              Mak1  2 days back

              Some facts for your information only

              • Mak1
                Mak1  2 days back

                Sorry, dude! but a lot of facts which you mentioned are wrong.

                • Mak1
                  Mak1  2 days back

                  But don't forget above all India alone is having 27% of poverty of the world

                  • MIDKNIGHT FENERIR
                    MIDKNIGHT FENERIR  9 hours back

                    DumbAss The Poverty in India have decreased a lot from the past

                • S D
                  S D  2 days back

                  Dude full of wrong information 😓😓

                  • Christopher Herrera
                    Christopher Herrera  3 days back

                    Wow! You have some very very informative well done videos. Your videos, topics are goo enough for the History Channel and the Smithsonian channel. Good job and thanks.

                    • Pritesh Mathur
                      Pritesh Mathur  3 days back

                      हमने चीन को बुद्ध दिया... चीन ने हमे युद्ध दिया

                      • 橙色黎明
                        橙色黎明  3 days back

                        The word no problem, your fucuking American make problem all over the word and enjoy it.

                      • Mahesh M V U
                        Mahesh M V U  3 days back

                        BS Video. Skip it.

                        • Theolich
                          Theolich  3 days back

                          A fine example of how the British (somehow intentionally) left messes everywhere as then cleaned up what's left of their colonial empire.

                          • Azaz Ali
                            Azaz Ali  4 days back

                            India is the mother of terrorism . From kabul afghanistan

                            • Dhurav Singh Chauhan
                              Dhurav Singh Chauhan  4 days back

                              Misconceptions miss inception

                              • Chian Yee Lee
                                Chian Yee Lee  4 days back

                                I feel like the british created a lot of harm to the world.

                                • T.L. Watkinson
                                  T.L. Watkinson  22 hours back

                                  Interesting your feelings are not consonant with fact. But then, facts don't care about your feelings.
                                  The world economy was better integrated in 1913 than in 2013 and the British were largely responsible for that.
                                  One of the legacies of empire, is the pervasiveness of the English language around the world.

                              • Matt
                                Matt  4 days back

                                india is gross

                                • Manoj Kumar
                                  Manoj Kumar  4 days back

                                  Not exactly factually correct...but still a good job

                                  • Tayyibah Shahadat
                                    Tayyibah Shahadat  4 days back

                                    India before the Mughal and British didn't exist, it was a list of smaller countries

                                    Thanks to Mughal who united all these states currently known as India

                                    Mughal India was richest in the world

                                    British India was left the poorest in the world

                                    • Love Is Life
                                      Love Is Life  3 days back

                                      Before mughal. India was also known as GOLDEN BIRD .

                                  • Yamin Shaikh
                                    Yamin Shaikh  5 days back

                                    Indian transportation is great even in 2017... What r u walking about??

                                    • Lost in Atlantic
                                      Lost in Atlantic  5 days back

                                      British tried to unite india,hahahahaha.
                                      India has a weak transportation system..are u stupid?? We have more railroads than any country in the world.this video was made just by some local research on said unfortunately,british rule ended,wtf??????

                                      • Chetanya Singh
                                        Chetanya Singh  6 days back

                                        MADARCHOD ANGREJ SAALE

                                        • dishant sharma
                                          dishant sharma  6 days back

                                          Very poor knowledge of subject matter !!
                                          1) Railways and roads were not build to integrate Nation but to allow british goods, build in british industries to reach and replace indigenous products in far flung areas
                                          2) Yes there were fragmented states all over , but the concept of whole territory being a Single nation existed even before the CE and the Indian Nation was called "Bharatvarsha"
                                          3) India had a strong navy till 10-11th centuries and naval expeditions by Chola Kings (Southern Indian Kingdom) were as far as China, Indonesia Cambodia, Malaysia. Even till the Britishers arrived Indian had some big Ship building centers in Surat and Bengal. These were eventually destroyed by britishers by giving british made ships monopoly over trade routes from and to India.
                                          4) India did had relations with China over its history with some ex being Silk Route from China through India to middle and central Asia, and propagation of Buddhism from India to China, propagation of Cotton from India to China and even to Japan , and propagation of Silk from China to India.

                                          Dude next time make a video after doing some research !

                                          • chandan sinha
                                            chandan sinha  4 days back

                                            dishant sharma ya true india was fragmanted but all of them called them self bharat varsha nivasi
                                            These brits always want to take all credits

                                        • Zayn
                                          Zayn  1 weeks back

                                          British presence is the reason why Indian economy is growing fast today 😂😂 what the hell this motherfucker is saying.
                                          India's share of the world economy went from 24.4% in 1700 to 4.2 in 1950.infact Britain's thrive was premised on the very loot and destruction in funny it is to exploit, loot, torture, and kill people for years and then celebrate they are growing faster after it 😂 and according to this motherfucker English has brought development..but Chinese do not speak English so according to his logic china must not be developed as it is now. And India is not federation but Union of States. chutiya maderchod😂.I had just subscribed u , and I have just unsubscribed u asshole

                                          • Hungry Estonian
                                            Hungry Estonian  1 weeks back

                                            he didn't say that, he even said the British did a lot of damage to the economy but because of the english language literacy western countries are outsourcing jobs to India because Indians learned English from the British

                                        • djinn Man
                                          djinn Man  1 weeks back

                                          India won't fail. It has FAR too many intelligent people and is too use to navigating chaos to do so. Whether it can sustain and reach its intended goals is another issue.

                                          And that said, I disagree that India's problems are purely or largely Geographical.

                                          Rather :

                                          1) China also had massive rural population at same start point in the 1980s( If not more). The reason China has been able to get ahead is not just cheap labour which India and other nations can provide but LOGISTICS and INFRASTRUCTURE. It can get goods to market quickly and efficiently. Contrast India's roads and railways (improving but not at similar pace)

                                          2) Partially this is due to India's large democracy. Partially bc India has also inherited and propogated enthusiastically British Colonial Bureaucracy.

                                          Its political system (as oppose to China ...itself having other faults) means things do not get done as quickly and are often log jammed. See infrastructure. This is more so a cultural thing than any geographical dictate.

                                          3) India's education lags not bc of rural /urban divide but other factors including less equality for women (as oppose to China...unless you are a Ghandi) and of course the Hindhu cultural baggage of the caste system.

                                          But things are slowly changing for the good here.

                                          None of these issues are weighted down by Geography.

                                          4) One other thing is the border with Pakistan. I would think the Thar dessert is as much a benefit to Indian defense as the populated area on the Pakistani side is a risk to Pakistan.

                                          More so again the issue of getting on with each other is again cultural (and irrational) rather than any geographical dictate. This is again due to Indian politics (and Pakistan) where Nationalist like to stoke the fear of the other side to gain power.

                                          Indian oceans are as much an advantage for the sub continent as it is any impediment. Indian traders use to exchange knowledge with the Arab world in the golden age (7th and 8th century) with the monsoons as much as they did with South East Asia (see Hindhu temples in Vietnam, Indonesia and Buddhism)

                                          5) And as much as the Himalayas are an impediment, it did not stop Chinese monks from crossing over before Christ to bring Buddhist text to East Asia or indeed an Indian monk to make positive impact with the Shaolin Temple.

                                          Again there is no issue with linking China and India (Roads on the Chinese side and rail all already highly developed)

                                          The issue is rather again cultural. Indians love a good bargain and they are holding back on territorial settlements for more favourable outcomes in the future.

                                          • BHANU PRATAP SINGH
                                            BHANU PRATAP SINGH  1 weeks back

                                            We are not that bad at HTML

                                            • Alan Zapp
                                              Alan Zapp  1 weeks back

                                              My quibble with Wendover: all the vids focus on war/conflict/strife. The graphic and production quality is impressive but the endless "if so-and-so launches a Thing, then geography dictates that the other tribe will likely launch their Thing." Every single Wendover vid devolves into war-games theory.

                                              • Bhavik Shah
                                                Bhavik Shah  1 weeks back

                                                I am still waiting for your response
                                                Or eale I need to move this issue to Government of india and YouTube

                                                • Sangram Chore
                                                  Sangram Chore  1 weeks back

                                                  Caucasian s love to define India which they can not and will not.

                                                • agni mitra
                                                  agni mitra  1 weeks back

                                                  Bull crap video with a guy reading out bull crap. Promoted video.

                                                  • Kindrêd dōj
                                                    Kindrêd dōj  7 days back

                                                    @Raheel Abeed Alam lol what too scared .😂

                                                  • Raheel Abeed Alam
                                                    Raheel Abeed Alam  1 weeks back

                                                    Or you're just too scared to accept the truth, like most Indians.

                                                • king arthur
                                                  king arthur  1 weeks back

                                                  "India has forgiven, but it should not be forgotten"

                                                  Before the arrival of British, India had a world GDP share of 23%. By the time they left, it was down to 4%.
                                                  The 200 years rule of British has changed the course and status of Indian history of being the richest to the poorest country when Britishers left.

                                                  It will take India a painstaking hundreds of years to recover from the economic losses incurred.

                                                  So, it can't be said that British ruled only for a few period.

                                                  • Utkarsh Yadav
                                                    Utkarsh Yadav  1 weeks back

                                                    your fact is absolutely wrong india was never a hindu state , india was not seprated as a Request of hindu state only pakistan was seprated & made an islamic or muslim state ... after that indian politians n people wanted it to be a hindu state but it never went to become as Mahatma Gandhi ji believed its diverse n wanted it to be secular .. so since indipendence & partition india has never been a hindu state & now as well

                                                    • Utkarsh Yadav
                                                      Utkarsh Yadav  7 days back

                                                      @Md. Ali i think you are not enough with your knowledge 😂
                                                      Gazwa e hind has happend Centuries ago 😂 that's what pakistani are tought .. & its still isn't able to develop their facilities in its basic requirements 😂 hope some day you become well educated & one day work for advancement & in technical fields of your country to make it modern after 20 years as india is now in the developed world 😅😂👏
                                                      Don't be ashamed but because of your islam religion you both countries ain't able to develope & grow properly ... so sad ... that's why your people are eager to come india because a daily living is fatisfying here 😅😂

                                                    • Md. Ali
                                                      Md. Ali  7 days back

                                                      Haha😂 and thats how we took two islamic countries from you fool hindu indian just back in 1947.😂
                                                      We both are islamic state (pakistan and bangladesh).
                                                      And no hindu, can become prime minister or president in our country thats clearly mentioned in our Constitution 😂.
                                                      And you are secular country that gives me great hope that one day we all Muslims of subcontinent including Indian will finish dream of Prophet MOHAMAD Gazwa e hind.
                                                      😂 Secularism Mubarak.
                                                      We dont need Secularism here in our Islamic Pakistan and Kashmir is coming you ENDIA 😂

                                                  • Karthik Raghu
                                                    Karthik Raghu  1 weeks back

                                                    British helped India...Good joke of 10 centuries!!!!

                                                    • dishant sharma
                                                      dishant sharma  6 days back

                                                      @Raheel Abeed Alam lol 🤣 yes .. They helped us in education and that's why our literacy level in 1947 when britishers left was less than even 10% ... India , the country which invented zero, surgery and countless other mathematical, Scientific discoveries was left in shambles during british !!!

                                                    • Raheel Abeed Alam
                                                      Raheel Abeed Alam  1 weeks back

                                                      They actually did help the Indians with education and infrastructure in exchange for resources.

                                                  • Aakash Shailendrakumar
                                                    Aakash Shailendrakumar  1 weeks back

                                                    How to watch this video in hindi

                                                    • Subhasis Debnath
                                                      Subhasis Debnath  1 weeks back

                                                      This video contains a lot of misleading content!!!!!!

                                                      • MrLuckyarch
                                                        MrLuckyarch  1 weeks back

                                                        There is an inherent assumption in this video that speaking English is a sign of being literate and Indians have thus been benefited this way by the British. Those are preacarious statements, and the research is shallow.

                                                        • Bhavik Shah
                                                          Bhavik Shah  1 weeks back

                                                          I object on map of india which you have shown in this video. Kashmir is part of india and its shown under disputed line in white color.
                                                          Kindly correct that I need to take strict action for this against this

                                                          • Bhavik Shah
                                                            Bhavik Shah  1 weeks back

                                                            @Raheel Abeed Alam kashmir is not a disputed part. It's part of one india. Stay out of it

                                                          • Raheel Abeed Alam
                                                            Raheel Abeed Alam  1 weeks back

                                                            Kashmir isn't part of India. It's disputed territory.

                                                        • Krishna Verma
                                                          Krishna Verma  1 weeks back

                                                          Wooh well tried but it gave me headache buddy

                                                          • NH6 Talkies
                                                            NH6 Talkies  1 weeks back

                                                            I love my India :-) jai hind hit like if u agree!!

                                                            • Kaushal Maurya
                                                              Kaushal Maurya  2 weeks back

                                                              Seemed more like a report of '90s India in 2019..

                                                              • rishabh uniyal
                                                                rishabh uniyal  2 weeks back

                                                                12:40 says the british rule didn't last long,,, 200 years

                                                                • SteelBucket.
                                                                  SteelBucket.  2 days back

                                                                  compared to the 5000 years of indian existance, just like rome or china

                                                              • THE STONE
                                                                THE STONE  2 weeks back

                                                                should have talked about the Geography ONLY..all other things are unwanted and unnecessary

                                                              • VARUN VJ
                                                                VARUN VJ  2 weeks back

                                                                To all those people saying India Benefitted from British! Please tell ur queen to give us the Kohinoor diamond! Britishers ruined every nation they went

                                                                • indresh Awana
                                                                  indresh Awana  2 weeks back

                                                                  European knowledge about India lacks. those who never visited India stretched boundary lines ( Cyril radcliffe) .

                                                                  • piyush tripathi
                                                                    piyush tripathi  2 weeks back

                                                                    First correct your map

                                                                    • Shivan Anirudhra
                                                                      Shivan Anirudhra  2 weeks back

                                                                      He says India is getting ahead because they'll work for cheap, but it's that's true then why doesn't hopeless Africa do the same??

                                                                      Instead of always crying for charity and hand outs shouldn't African nations focus on getting their people smarter and gaining economically?? No they can't because they don't have the smarts for those jobs... JP Morgan, Apple, Facebook and Amazon can go to any country on Earth but they choose India because they're the smartest people on earth

                                                                      You people are just naive and stupid lol

                                                                      • Raheel Abeed Alam
                                                                        Raheel Abeed Alam  1 weeks back

                                                                        "Indians (are) the smartest people in the world."

                                                                        The statistics prove that wrong. You guys are braindead retards.

                                                                    • Shivan Anirudhra
                                                                      Shivan Anirudhra  2 weeks back

                                                                      Enemies to the left, enemies to the right, enemies above

                                                                      It's like bloody game of thrones lol