Here is the story.
A small country like Vietnam beat the mighty USA to its knees in 1975. A reporter asked the Vietnamese leader how they were able to beat the mighty USA. The leader replied: During the War, we used to study the warfare tactics of Chhatrapati Shivaji. We were inspired by him. We used his war tactics against the US Forces and won.
When the Vietnamese Foreign Minister visited India, she asked where Shivaji’s Samadhi is located. She was told it is in Raigadh. She immediately visited Raigadh, paid her tribute, picked up the soil around the Samadhi and put it in her brief case.
She said this soil is the land of the braves. When I go to my country, I will mix it with the soil of my country.
Don’t you think this makes all the Indians proud!
The problem is I have heard the same story in another place. But there is a name change. Instead of Chhatrapati Shivaji, it was Rana Pratap Singh.
This morning, I read the same story in a Tamil news magazine. The name mentioned is King Raja Raja Chola. The Vietnamese Foreign Minister visited his palace in Tanjore, Tamil Nadu, and picked up the soil around his palace.
Similar to ethnic jokes in India. Jokes are the same. But the name of the community will differ from time to time and place to place.
I think using such hyperbole makes them feel good.
This is it for the year 2021. (Advance) Happy New Year Greetings.
PS: Why leave out greatest Indian female empresses and queens? Waiting to hear about Rani Lakshmibai, Razia Sultana, Rani Padmini, Ahilyabai Holkar, etc.