We Indians are known for our Brains. We are are known for our ability to persevere. We are known for Being Tough.
Plato said, “A state is as great as its People!”
If we actually are as great a set of People.. then why isn’t our State that great?
It is probably because we as a TEAM fail to function, we fail to channelize all our energies towards a COMMON goal. We all have our goals but we work with a Singularity of Purpose.. and that is our OWN Purpose. Clichéd as it may sound, we often fail to work towards the “Common Good.” Our Politicians have a Goal – Self-fulfillment.Our cricketers have a Goal – A Century / 5-wicket Haul. Our rather short history has been punctuated with moments of individual brilliance in every field (broadly!) you can possibly think of. We have produced Amartya Sen, but our economy is not among the strongest around. We have produced Hargobind Khurana and C.V. Raman but we are far from the frontiers of Science. And more recently, we have produced Sachin Tendulkar but our cricket team seems hapless every now and then.
I came across this article on a friend’s blog as well as this one which got me thinking on these lines and this post is as much about endorsing their views as it is about expressing my thoughts on the issue. I can only hope that I, and WE learn to work towards a common goal. It does not necessarily have to always be a “Patriotic Goal!.” It just has to be a COMMON one and we must be committed towards it! We have to realize that the “WE” is bigger than the “I.”
I often tend to offer myself an explanation about us putting ourselves first. In India, since there is a rat-race for literally everything from Water to Real Estate, we don’t have much of a choice. It is a question of survival with Basic needs being hard to satisfy. But didn’t other countries ever face such challenges in their history? If Yes, what brought them out of it? There must have been some sacrifices made somewhere. The Question is WHO amongst us is ready to sacrifice it?
A lot of us found Rang De Basanti really inspiring. But how many of us would actually dedicate our lives to serve the nation rather than chasing luxuries? I honestly don’t know that about myself yet, but that doesn’t stop me from wondering if YOU would.