During the last decade of the 20th Century, a well-known political scientist Samuel P. Huntington was the first to propound the much debated theory of the Clash of Civilisations. Well, according to this theory, the fault lines between cultures as well as religions are going to be the key battle lines of the future. Huntington was assured that both Islam and Christianity are missionary religions seeking conversions, and holding the belief that only their faith appears to be the correct one. As a result, they both contributed to the ongoing conflict. Additionally, he stressed that civilizational conflicts were mostly prevalent between Muslims as well as non-Muslims, so there have always been the so-called bloody borders between Islamic and also non-Islamic civilizations.Huntington also foresaw a considerable shift in political, military and economic power from the West. That’s mostly about to two challenger civilizations such as Chinese and Islam. They were considered to be potential allies against the West. Obviously, he didn’t see any such surge of the 'Hindu' civilization of India, and accordingly classified it as a swing civilization, which might favor either side.China's impressive rise at a never-before pace, also coupled with the steep decline in America's economic dominance, has signaled the start of the return of the balance of economic power from the West to the East after a several hundred years. Whether the politically fragmented Islamic world will manage to achieve something similar still remains an open question, because that’s radical Islam which represents conflict as well as regression, and not conciliation and progress, which is on the rise.On the other hand, India's fast economic growth, clear signs of which weren’t visible when Huntington offered his theory, isn’t only likely to speed up the process of the shift of power from the West to the East, but might also set in motion a civilizational dynamic, which is quite different from the one that Huntington offered.China is undoubtedly one of the greatest ancient civilizations, just like as India. However, for thousands of years, it’s China, which has been heavily culturally influenced, and even dominated by India; while the reverse has never taken place. Chinese philosopher Hu Shi was trying to convey plain truth when he told that India dominated and conquered China culturally for up to 20 centuries without ever having to send a single warrior across her border. The message and teachings of Gautam Buddha as well as other Indian influences have greatly influenced China for over two thousand years.
During the last decade of the 20th Century, a well-known political scientist Samuel P. Huntington was the first to propound the much debated theory of the Clash of Civilisations. Well, according to this theory, the fault lines between cultures as well as religions are going to be the key battle lines of the future.