So much has been talked about India in the last decade. It has become symbolic with growth, opportunity, power, knowledge etc. I know of hardly any place where you can’t see an Indian. I can’t speak the same for an American, a European or for that matter a Chinese.
Don’t get me wrong. I have high regards for these cultures but the fact is you don’t see an American in India that often – neither a European nor a Chinese. If you are lucky, then you’ll see a couple of them doing the rounds of The Taj.
Why is it that India gained so much prominence in the last couple of decades ? Have we accelerated in the last one decade much more than what we have done in centuries ? Or is it that our culture is so strong that whatever we do, gets showcased in a subtle manner ? Should we continue the journey of progress and if so, at what rate ?
There are many unanswered questions. But an energetic, youthful, aggressive, powerful India is what we will see in the coming decades. The signs have started showing already..That said there are many important social issues that need to be fixed for India to reign supreme. My vision for India are several and I have tried to put my two pennies here. Read on…
I come from a small village in Kerala, about 25 kilometers north of Calicut city a.k.a Kozhikode. Even today, if you go there today you’ll see a Dhoti or Mundu clad villagers moving around. There is a sense of pride in them. They do not know what is happening around the world – whether it is a financial tsunami or an Obama, it doesn’t matter to them. They care less for people beyond their immediate circles. All they know is Onam, Shivaratri, Talappoli, Perunnal, Christmas, Thayampaka, Kathakali, Koodiattam, Working, Eating, Sleeping, Praying etc.
This is not the story of just Kerala – This is the story of rural India, where two thirds of our population live -from where many bright ambitious brains churn out with the hope of making India proud one day. Yet, they are insulated from the other parts of the world.
Am I proud of them ? …Of course. They are the keepers of our culture, the lords of our values, the foundation for the future generation – they are at their best where they are.
Do they need to know more than what they do ? Do they deserve a better life ? – Absolutely ! In fact, the prime focus for the next two decades should be to uplift rural India. That should be the Vision No. 1 for India
Develop Rural India. Preserve Her Culture
Now look at the other side of the coin.
A 23 year old Manisha, hailing from the heart of Mumbai – Andheri. A couple of years back she graduated from Mitthibai College with an Honors Degree in Commerce which helped her land a job in one of the leading BPO companies in India.
She worked hard for two years continuously before she was elevated to the post of a Team Leader in the same company. She now leads a team of five business analysts – each one of them elder to her by at least 4 years.
Obvious question that comes to your mind – What is it that distinguishes Manisha from the rest of the lot ?
Manisha is living the Great Indian Dream – one in which women are the corner stone of society’s natural progression. Until recently, women have been restricted to a traditional family where she never went to a college, did not work nor made any major decisions without the consent of her husband.
Times are changing and women like Manisha are the symbol of such changes in India. There is no better sight in the world than to see your wife, mother and sister happy.
Empower Women. Break Them Free !
What is your vision for India ? Post your comments below !
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