The more one grows, the more one appreciates the importance of history. Somewhat unsurprising, I guess! But, I am not referring to nostalgia here but the importance of learning from history, especially for those who believe that life (and lives) is cyclical and not linear.
Rajamohan unconsciously/sub-consciously invokes that in his column on Indo-Japan talks:
For Modi and Abe, widely hailed and rebuked for their unabashed nationalism, the past is not really past. They are actively mobilising the past in pursuit of their current goals. [Link]
Larry Summers is thoughtful and hence insightful here in his remarks on the relevance of the past:
I’m a strong believer in the farther forward you want to look the farther back you need to look. [Link]