Thursday, March 23, 2006

What is responsible for the India's greatest growth?

For a long time, I've been wondering what suddenly transformed this energized India. EVen 10 years back, India was known nothing other than black magic, poverty, crazy rituals and big moushtaches. Now technology and entrepreneurship could not be talked without mentioning India. No doubt, we have a long distance to go, but still what we have achieved so far from 'nobody to a celebrity' is a story worth telling. What changed us...

I could not see much in Indian govt (it still remains the most red-taped and corrupt systems in the world), Indian bureacracy still feels difficult to come to terms with modernity, Indian education systems have not seen much of a change, Indian infrastructure 'sucks' to say the least. We have poor airports, poor roads, poor schools (most Indian schools are totally private funded), poor healthcare (people get shocked to hear that most Indians manage without any kind of medical insurance) no social security (if you fall, your govt. doesnt give a 'damn'), but with all this we manage to shine. We young Indians, who endured all the pains of poor education systems to poor roads to schools without libraries and with autocratic teachers have managed to challenge the brightest top 1% of Western minds. What gave us so much power and energy.....

The greatest factor, the unspoken, untold and unheard feature responsible for carrying India so far, is our FAMILY. Gosh! our planners so much underestimate this great institution. Our govt. might not have given us great schools, hospitals and social security, but we had parents who replaced all of those governmental functionalities. While we had all these poor stuff, my father gave me an illusiory world with me having better transportation, healthcare and education, while he pained himself. So, many times he gone without money, but I never had to face pecuniary. My mom never left me hungry for any type of food I desired.

I had a much more cozier life than what real fortune would have allowed me. I never got cars, but I got an education that could now buy me the best of the cars. I never had fancy stuff, but I got values that could carry me throughtout life. I vividly remember the great stories my father used to tell (I'm going to put all these in my personal blog), those stories I heard and read are still fresh in my mind. I got those General Knowledge books and the big jigsaw puzzles and brain games like Chess, brainvita and Memory at the age of 6. I always heard him saying some great gita verse or a thirukural (the holy book for Tamilians). Most importantly, he had curious images - like an interesting image of krishan delivering gita to arjuna. I always was interested in such things. My mom taught me those little shlokas and latter inspired me to learn longer ones like Shashti Khavacham, Vishnu Sahasranamam, Lalitha Sahasranamam... I never became a scholar in sholakas or gita, but I knew enough to always call GOD on my side. I knew enough to realize that he always stood by the toughest times I had.

Looking back, I'm so much grateful to have had such a great life. I got the motivation, knowledge, values and the energy to keep me on always. I dont have anything, but I'm in a position to earn anything. This is the new song of India. India is not popular because they found a new mineral or built some big buildings.. It is because we INDIANS are rising up with the energy that were gifted by a great parenthood. IF we carry this energy forward, we would never require that big FDI of China or big oil deposity of middle east... We are right now in the process of rewriting a history and the Phoenix is back....

4 comments:

Vijay said...

Indian Family life and its virtues are something that a westerner will always find hard to fathom, coz he can never understand why the bond between children and parents never dies away or turns weak when the child turns 20+. It rather only deepens in its scope.

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VJ

ashorth said...

Are Indian Family virtues dying? There is a strong feeling that with growth of BPO, KPOs etc..there will be more youth in the workforce..and family ties will split quickly. One also cannot deny the impact of westernization and liberal trends in shaping new indian minds.

Balaji said...

It seems Indian family system might die soon, but I dont think it would happen. It's a stunning fact of India that its culture never dies. For thousands of years of attacks by worst of raiders couldnt move an inch of this civilization. You can see Indians of Fiji or South Africa or Guyana or Mauritius. Even after centuries of isolation, they manage to keep our culture.

Thus, this temporary period of BPO and ITES would wane and after a period of consolidation, we would see India's family traditions once again go stronger.

Anonymous said...

very true. The upbringing in the indian family system is the crucial factor in the younger generations excellence.Hope the younger generation in its excitement to imitate the west does not forget to transfer to its children the ideals,knowledge& dharma taught by our parents