Since the mobile phone has infiltrated in our lives, we have learned a new game, ie, "Message Message game" . People start sending messages to each other for the sake of exchange of information, this purpose now became secondary. Nowadays, it is used for so many more other pranky purposes, flirting, spreading a hoax or only playing some activity games that are good for nothing but enjoyment . A very common messaging activity is "Chain message". They quote like this- " ....Send this message to 100 people and tell them to send it to 100 people too. You will get a good news within 3 days. People who ignore it will be punished badly by almighty....". Everyone knows how much truth is there in, but, at once reader use to think about it.
This "Chain message" activity is very popular over cellfones. There are millions of jokes running based on this. Did you ever think who started this trend? He was Maharaja Ranjit Singh, who ruled in Kashmir and the northernmost part of the Punjab, since 1801 to 1839. Of course, he didn't start the chain messages at cellfones but he used this technique for other purpose.
Actually in 1849, Britishers decided to bring revolution in education of Punjab. For this purpose, Lord Logan decided to do a report on prevailing education system. At that time, there were only 4 madarsas in the capital of the Punjab,ie, Lahore. The report said that 87% people in Lahore can read and write in persian, and 78% people can do the same in whole Punjab. In fact, the number of educated women was higher than men too.
Can you think that how was such an amazing feat achieved with just 4 madrasas in Lahore? Even when Maharaja Ranjit Singh was himself an illiterate man. But he did not want his people to follow their King's footsteps. He instructed his people that every communication with him should be in the form of letters. He chose his Education minister, a bright person and with the help of him, he created a booklet that would translate prevailing mother tongue languages to Persian and teach basic arithmetic. It all took 3 months time to ensued. He distributed over 5000 handwritten copies of these booklets to his village heads for revenue collection, called Numberdars. They were instructed officially to study it and get 5 new copies and distribute it to 5 people after 3 months. Also, to send their details to the court who would do the same. Thus, the chain continued and no sooner did Britishers realised the revolution had began long before they thought of it.
How disgusting is that we blindly follow and praise foreign technology, but never try to know that how brilliant and intelligent our ancestors were in such an unfavourable circumstances in past. We must know our history and try to extract good from it.