WELL, GREECE COLLECTIVELY SAID NO!

Alexander the Great is one of the heroes of the childhood days. Our staple diet of childhood curiosities had him as a constant figure – in our history textbooks, in story books, on television and on cinema screen.

And we especially loved him in India with his larger than life act that began with his largesse after he won the battle with King Porus. We loved him because Alexander was driven to act so by honesty and heroics of King Porus.

And our childhood had this image of Greece – as we saw Alexander the Great.

History was not a subject during formative years in college, so there was not much development on this front, about any country’s history fuelling imaginations of a lore, but Greece, whenever it was mentioned in passing references, during cultural engagements, was seen as a country producing people like Alexander the Great who created one of the largest empires of the ancient world and he just 30 after he had done so.

Growing up had more realistic thoughts of the country in changing times – in the contemporary age. Greece was a developed country. But it was always a small, sidelined country in Europe that didn’t matter much for geopolitical affairs in a globalized world.

And its global outreach was still shadowed by its historical legacy – a legacy of being the cradle of the Western Civilization – Alexander the Great and his overreaching empire, Greek philosophy (and Western philosophy), literature, cultural influence, literature and yes, the Olympics.

To sum up, Greece has had a grand history, like few in the world – through ages. And among many things, we can be sure of once element – the character of its people. A history like the history Greece has requires ‘dignity’ as the underlying support of the character of the nation and that directly corresponds to the character of the people.

And dignity has in-built sub-character of logical defiance when it comes to the questions of self-respect.

That was on display this July 5 when Greece vehemently rejected the bailout conditions during a nationwide referendum. The government there has already defaulted on its international debts with the IMF deadline passing on June 30. The lenders posed strict austerity measures for the Eurozone country to finance its further requirements.

Well, its citizens collectively said ‘no’.

There are various possible repercussions of it – for Greece, for people of Greece, for Germany, for Euro, for Eurozone, for European Union, for European Central Bank, for Europe – and for global economy.

And they are being debated intensely – in Europe – and throughout the world.

With words and hashtags like #Oxi and its different mood-specific variants, #GreeceReferendum, #GreeceCrisis, Greece Referendum, Greece Crisis, Grexit and so on!

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/