An essential action for India

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Indians will celebrate 75 years of independence on August 15. There are many reasons to celebrate this important national milestone. However, there is one great regret that haunts us all: our failure so far to undertake a formal process of nation building.

Pre-independent India was not a single entity. It was a conglomeration of about 565 princely states. These small independent kingdoms were bound by the culture of Hindutva, its values, its traditions and its abundant knowledge. For centuries foreign invaders have tried and mostly succeeded in creating fissures between these linked units. The British Empire, which occupied most of the territorial space and ruled for over 200 years, could methodically damage India’s culture and shared values ​​more than any other invader.

Islamic invaders have destroyed the physical representation of culture through their tribal attacks on places of worship and ancient art of ancient India. The British, unlike them, attacked methodically on the mental aspects. They have systematically destroyed the integrity of our civilizational knowledge and our cultural pride. Thus, the British could successfully degrade the psychographic landscape of the sociodemographic population of this nation.

The British Empire, in its natural quest to subjugate and rule India forever, has very systematically lowered the stature of an ancient dharma and higher civilization than mere religion.

A century of physical, mental and emotional oppression by foreign invaders is causing serious damage to the emotional and psychological profile of the oppressed. Our geography is no exception. Many generations have had to renounce, throw away and denounce the divine knowledge of the Vedas and Upanishads. These generations were forced into the superficial British education system.

I have a deep feeling that our national leaders after independence have been irresponsible and ignorant enough not to realize and fix a centuries old painful conditioning of Indians constantly by foreign invaders. Our leaders have done literally nothing to heal, repackage, rework, realign and rebuild the lost knowledge, core values ​​and pride of a higher civilization. They did not renovate the foundation of Sanatana Dharma which was abandoned by the Indians under duress.

Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s vision for India was purely political and economic. Unfortunately, Nehru had no agenda to reclaim the superior knowledge of our civilization and undo the emotional, mental and physical trauma that Indians suffered for generations. As a key national leader, he did not even consider it essential to bind the nation together after the geographic joining of 565 princely states into one great nation.

It is imperative that India recognizes the need for Nation Building as an essential action, at least now. The next 25 years can be the era of national transformation through a formal Nation Building process. I see three areas to focus on primarily, moving forward.

INDIA CENTERED VALUES

The abandoned and forgotten higher values ​​of our Dharma (way of life) must be reclaimed and strengthened as our national values. The national values ​​framework can be a key driver of any transformation. The unconscious adaptation of Western values ​​has increased since the 1990s after the globalization of the Indian economy. Our enslaved mindset is fertile ground for the imitative adaptation of alien values, instead of building our own. Since our leaders have not pursued a formal nation-building exercise, it is easy to slip from colonial to western.

The 5th generation of Indians have no idea of ​​our civilizational supremacy, our capacity for knowledge and our ancestral skills. It is certainly not their fault, but that of the torchbearers and national leaders of each generation.

THOUGHTFUL LEADERSHIP

The mindset of an underdeveloped or developing economy cannot be incredibly creative in innovating or producing high-value products and services. Today, most Indian exports are backend IT services, software to power high-tech products, and service extensions of global capabilities. India is not yet producing innovative global products neither from the old economy nor from the gig economy. Our massive population has been relegated to more consumption than production of goods and services.

In fact, that’s not who we are. We have never been mere consumers. We were great creators, artisans, architects, scientists, astronomers, warriors and professionals par excellence. This geography in ancient times produced products and services that caught the world’s attention. It attracted hordes of outsiders, who eventually invaded and made this land their trump card for centuries.

Indians can make the best products for the world. We can innovate, deliver world-class solutions, build global brands, platforms and organizations, if we can tap into our inherent potential as ‘thought leaders’ and not as back boys. – sloppy shop and imitators.

Thought leadership is only possible by reinventing and reimagining. This cannot be possible with the current mindset of “job orientation” and “spirit of survival”. India must be a global giant in producing top entrepreneurs, professionals and researchers in all sectors, not just backroom employees for Western companies. India must regain its enlightened leadership through inventions and discoveries. It’s been more than a century since we invented something valuable for this world.

SYSTEMS & STRUCTURE

The excavations of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro which are vestiges of our ancient civilization shed light on the mental orientation of our ancestors and their quest for “structure” and “systems” even thousands of years ago. By contrast, our current acclaimed cities, towns and megacities are horribly unplanned and chaotic. Our car traffic, our ad hoc infrastructures, the deviations from the city’s master plans show a complete lack of respect for “systems and “structure”. But we proudly say that our cities are great and that we are moving at lightning speed.

Our definition of development is twisted. India needs to redefine what really constitutes development. Visuals of our cities and traffic highlight the disorientation of our minds and the normalization of chaos as development. There are hundreds of other case references to highlight how unstructured and unsystematic we have regressed from a civilization that was a world leader in systems, structure and sustainability.

CONCLUSION

I understand that it is the 75th anniversary of independence and we are all celebrating it. I also celebrate the lives of our freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of this nation. However, I think there is no better time to reflect and realize consciously, if we are on the right track and in the right direction.

(the writer is certified by Harvard Business School

Organizational Strategist &

a world expert in

Emotional intelligence)

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