Rawls wisdom on interpreting historical figures

Amit Kapoor Chair, Institute for Competitiveness in this article discusses how India missed a permanent seat on UN Security Council. India was offered the seat twice but it could not materialise due to multiple historical forces at play.

Kapoor says this issue is being discussed heavily in current political discourse criticising the leadership of past. He adds that this is not really the way we should interpret history. He quotes Rawls:

An important argument that Rawls makes is that the giants of the past should be understood in the context of their times rather than ours. The benefit of hindsight is usually an unfair vantage point to pass judgements on the actions made by people in the past. 

Hmm..One of the many wisdom from Rawls.

In my research, one of my advisers would often tell me let historical research remain in historical context.

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