From the Buddha to Mahatma Gandhi, Indian history is full of such figures, men and women who contested the idea that history should only be written by the men of war. From the 5th century BC, these ideas shaped one of the most revolutionary times in history, when great empires were founded in India on these universal principles of peace and non-violence, the next chapter in The Story of India. … 'Amid one of the all too common crises of our modern world, we humans are a competitive species, 'fighting for resources and ideas, still to learn history's lessons.' We're heading to Varanasi, tempered slightly, as last night there were bombings at a railway station and a temple. Nobody knows quite why it's happened. But the trains are still running, so we'll see what happens. There are six billion people in the world now, compared with a hundred million in the 5th century BC. And the fulfilment of our desires has become a goal of civilisation. Every person has his own identity, his own needs.

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