The Indian dream

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Five years back my then colleague in Edinburgh (UK) asked me

“If you can give something from your country, what would you give to us (UK)"

Though I don’t remember what I blabbered at the moment, it did provoke me to think a lot.

I didn’t want to defend my country fakely. I shed all my prejudices and started thinking unbiased, on what could we give it to them.

They are far ahead than us in infrastructure and usage of technology. Their people are far more cultured than us. Individual freedom is at peak there and they nurture it with good manners. Their political setup is far less corrupt than ours. Their people do their job perfectly where as we let them mock at us expanding Indian Standard Time (IST) as Indian Stretched Time.

What do we have then?

Five years back this question led me to an idea of what we should do to come out of all the mess that we are now and lead life respectfully as they do. I am going to write the same ideas that I collected in mind then, without much change. Thanks to Blog a ton for giving me this already thought out topic.

Starting from traffic, government offices, politicians, corrupt officials to cleanliness, I can give innumerable sarcastic instances to prove how we lack behind in comparison to western countries. I used to do this in my previous posts. As I am all grownup and mature now, I am not going to do that here. Instead I would like to concentrate on results and future activities rather than cynicism.

I will not accuse that politicians or corrupt officials are the reason for our current state now. I don’t believe that these people could change.

Then what would bring a change to this nation?

I would like to explain this with one of my experiences.

Few months back, the ruling party leader visited my place. The chumchas dug holes all over the road to erupt cutouts with their lovely smiling face at the foot of the leader to give a grand welcome. I was thinking how a ruling party can damage public property. The following month the opposite party leader visited and same thing happened as all chumchas are alike irrespective of their parties. I got irritated and felt if people in power, whose responsibility is to protect public property can do this, then who can save our country. A week later, in the next street one of our fellow people got a function at his home. He dug hole right in the middle of the road to erupt shamiyana.

I feel politicians and corrupt officials are not born straight from sky. They indeed originate within us. They reflect the culture and practices of our entire nation. When we are pointing fingers at corrupt politicians, can we tell that our common people are free of guilt?

An auto rickshaw driver likes to earn that extra bit of money unethically. We don’t mind litter the space when we are out of our home. We never obey signals when there is no policeman. We never do our job to perfection. Isn’t this same mindset reflected in corrupt politicians and officials. If there are ten goats in a herd and if we elect one goat, I don't think we can expect it to roar like a lion.

If at all there should come a change, I feel it should come from our people. Not politician. Not officials.

I want my people to become more responsible. If they do a job, whether it is rocket technology or sweeping the street, I want them to do it whole hearted with all their skills. If they have to vote, I want them to vote analyzing the pros and cons of a candidate rather than party fanaticism. I want them to respect other person’s freedom and treat them with respect and love. I want them to understand selfishness isn’t the sign of brilliance.

If these things happen, I strongly believe rest of the things will fall in place.

Yes. My dream is to bring my people out of all these ignorance that they have in the fields above mentioned. This is the very objective of this blog. All your support till now made me believe that I could do much more than just writing. Will let you know when this shapes up well.

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MADHU RAO | (INDImag.COM) said...
October 3, 2009 at 8:22 PM

A very thoughtful post.

Routing out ignorance can do wonders. Ignorance is the bad cousin of illiteracy ; needs addressed.

I agree we ought to stop being defensive about anything India. (Acceptance of the problem is the first step toward fixing the problem). Nor is the talk of how we are better than the west culturally -- sampraday-itihaas bit.

Sorry that ran right into my post. I'm still in character I guess :-)

vEnKy said...
October 3, 2009 at 8:42 PM

I think Uk has looted enough from us, are they expecting bonus. They collected 95% taxes and robbed us to built their empire and they shamelessly ask something more. Anyways i will try my best to make your dream come true

Shankar said...
October 3, 2009 at 9:15 PM

very true post bharathi....politicians are following what is indeed practiced by everyone in the country.excellent post pal... all the best for blog-a-ton..

Sid 'Ravan' Kabe said...
October 3, 2009 at 9:36 PM

u live up to ur word man...yes..

The society gets leaders which they deserve... not the leaders they need.

djd said...
October 3, 2009 at 9:40 PM

hats off man :)

Rajalakshmi Umapathy said...
October 3, 2009 at 10:09 PM

Now that was the post, I was waiting to read and my wait for worth it.. Bharathi,
Just amazing how you can organise your thoughts.
All the best bharathi.. Please write more often

Vishnu said...
October 3, 2009 at 10:12 PM

my point is that people look at politicians and other famous people as inspirations.. wen they themselves perform malpractices.. illiterate pple tend to follow them.. so literacy or rather words of wisdom are needed to take away their ignorance.. nice post..

narendra said...
October 3, 2009 at 10:45 PM

sure poilticians arent dropped from skies..they are dropped as crow shit!!(and many are dropouts too) :P
just kidding...

i think education is the only tool we have..culture,tradition and so on are our major strength which we have inherited and we havent done anything to have it with us!

yeha i too think kits high time we stopped being defensive...

regarding chamchas..yeah theey are all the same..they have a special place reserved for their type in hell/heaven

regarding the UK thing...hmmmm hey got it all from 'you know who'
but it is nto late for us to pull our socks :)

all the best for the contest..

Daisy Blue said...
October 3, 2009 at 11:24 PM

I would like to know what answer you gave to your colleague :)

☥ ѕωαмι ηανєєη said...
October 3, 2009 at 11:27 PM

We are the problem, we are the solution .....

Shilpa Garg said...
October 3, 2009 at 11:27 PM

A very thoughtful post! Gives you a lot to contemplate on!
All the best! :)

Vipul Grover said...
October 3, 2009 at 11:49 PM

What else can I say than, "I agree." :)

R S V said...
October 4, 2009 at 2:59 AM

A very intellectual post as expected from Mr. Bharathi...
best of luck from my side..

Ashish said...
October 4, 2009 at 3:42 AM

Excellent post Bharathi.. but i slightly disagree with your views. Will put my perception on my blog in sometime. Keep posting :).

Mr. Pramathesh™ Borkotoky said...
October 4, 2009 at 10:05 AM

Not only that people laugh at you if you are not like that.

I will be waiting to see your viewpoint.

HaRy!! said...
October 4, 2009 at 10:24 AM

quite a goood post! well i think the roots of education is missing and thats the problem! There ought to be a test to enter politics just like any other IPS,IAS exam....unless the MLA'S and MP'S dont know the basics..they shud never be allowed to even be a party member... little education will do...but thats hard to find is'nt it... all the best !
hav'nt seen yu around lately? busy?

Dhiman said...
October 4, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Absolutely correct we can't expect Politicians or others to any better than we ourselves are....I agree...

BK Chowla said...
October 4, 2009 at 12:25 PM

It sure sounds very good,but it does not work that way.
Our entire system has been terribly corrupted not because of you and me,it is because of Babu and Neta.
One mentioned autowalla.What wrong is he doing by overcharging?How can he survive by charging by the meter if he has to pay hafta to the police?Pay bribe to get his auto cleared by RTO every year?Make up for 6 hrs wasted waiting in the Q to get a filling of CNG ?On the other side he sees a smell of corruption all around him.This is only one can go on endlessly on this issue.

Singh Amit said...
October 4, 2009 at 12:37 PM

In Sanskrit there is a verse ' Tamso Maa Jyotirgamay" . And truly the accomplishment of Indian dream lies in eliminating all types of Ignorances. First people need eyes to see the dream which could not possible... if their eyes are blinded with religious, cultural, societal and other types of ignorances.

"I want my people to become more responsible. If they do a job, whether it is rocket technology or sweeping the street, I want them to do it whole hearted with all their skills."
brilliant thoughts...:)


soin said...
October 4, 2009 at 12:48 PM

they say ignorance is bliss.. ana yeponu

Shruti said...
October 4, 2009 at 2:22 PM

I second Vipul!
Bharathi! What an intellectual thought you portrayed here! Stunning!

In my blog-a-ton post i too touched the concept of corruption:
I wroteMoney speaks everywhere. These days, people are running out of time and when they want to get a thing done soon (Starting from Govt. organizations to private companies), we pay money which is called corruption on a bigger note. Who are responsible for this? We ourselves are the cause and solution for this problem.

Am i correct?

Bharathi said...
October 4, 2009 at 2:29 PM


@ Madhu Rao: Thanks for your complement. Will check your post soon

@ Venky: I think it is very easy to blame someone for our faults. My intention is not to support UK but to understand real fact. Can you tell me if none of the kings in India looted within when India wasn’t united? Narasimma varma pallava looted today’s Karnataka, Cholas even ruled a part of srilanka and goes on. Whoever wins will do that in those days.
If I have to blame someone I would prefer blaming India. From very long distance, from a small Island they came and dominated us. This is because we let them in. we served their government with jobs including soldier to fight our own people. Whom will you blame?
Again my intention is not to blame Indians. I only want us to understand our faults and rectify this.
Thanks a lot for trying to make my dream come true.
I am happy on your honest comment though.

@ Shankar: Thanks a lot for your kind comment pal. I wish you all the best too.

@ Sid: thanks for reflecting my thoughts pal. I am very happy.

@ DJD: Thanks a lot pal.

@ Rajalakshmi: I am flattered by your comment. I honestly feel I don’t write that nice. There is lots of room for improvement still. But I am happy that this post impressed you.
My search for my bread and butter keeps me quite busy now a days. I am trying my best to write atleast once a week.

@ Vishnu: My point is that, the current ignorance of people is not allowing them to select right persons. Do you know, the great leader Kamaraj lost election once in Kanchepuram for which even the opposite leaser Anna felt sad. Such is the ignorance level of people.
Thanks for your comment though.

@ Narendra: Yeah education is one of the best tools to regenerate this society. By education, I not only mean the one thought in school but also life. People should keep their eyes open to learn honest lessons from life.
Thanks for your wishes pal. I wish you too ‘all the best’ if you are participating. I havnt read all the posts yet.

@ Daisy Blue: I said ‘spiritual thoughts’. This answer was actually borrowed from Swami Vivekananda.

@ Swami Naveen: Well said pal.

@ Shilpa Garg: Thanks. And yeah I contemplating this for over five years now and it never stopped yet.

@ Vipul: That’s great. I am so sad that you cannot increase your comments count in this post. :-(

@ RSV: Thanks a lot pal. Best of luck to you too if you are participating. I havnt yet read all the posts.

@ Ashish: Thanks for your comment pal. Will wait for your post. Is it possible for you to intimate me in the comment section of my latest post, when you published it as I am missing many of my blogger pals posts because of tight work.

@Mr. Pramathesh: You are right. Thanks for commenting.

@ Hary: I think education and corruption doesn’t have any link. If that so, we should not have corrupt officials. But that is not the fact now. I believe virtues can’t be thought through education. Only environment teaches that. But yeah if we implement your method we have a probability to get quality candidates.

@ Dhiman: Thanks a lot for agreeing pal. I am very happy that you understood my point of view.

@ BK Chowla: I said the same in the post. But I didn’t single out anyone. Thanks for commenting pal.

@ Amit: First of all I am very sorry for not commenting in four of your posts though I read it. For commenting in your post I need to think a lot and unfortunately last couple of weeks were so busy that I coudnt get right mindset for thinking. Will soon comment on your posts. They were all beautiful posts.
Can you translate that slogan please.
“peoples eyes are blindfolded with religious, cultural, societal and other types of ignorances” Exactly. Well said pal. That is exactly I wanted to convey in this post. Thanks a lot for commenting.

@ Soin: Epponnu namalae mudivu pannikalam : -)

Bharathi said...
October 4, 2009 at 2:30 PM

@ Shruti: Thanks for agreeing. You are actually right. I also thought about your carpenter incident while writing this post.

Shruti said...
October 4, 2009 at 2:54 PM

Yes you are right! Corruption and all other problems in the society starts with us and ends with us

pawan said...
October 4, 2009 at 2:54 PM

This was one a shocker. But I guess in the end both of us gave the same message through our posts (yea, change should be internal but not external). Your presentation is more subjective but nevertheless a worth read!

Cheers mate!

Bharathi said...
October 4, 2009 at 3:06 PM

@ Shruti: Thanks for agreeing.

@ Pawan: Thanks for your honest comment pal. will read yours now.

Chetan said...
October 4, 2009 at 3:20 PM

gr8 post,
and very true, that we can not only blame politicians for all the wrong things around us,
in some way or the other we are also responsible

Bharathi said...
October 4, 2009 at 3:32 PM

@ Chetan: Thanks pal for understanding.

evanescentthoughts said...
October 4, 2009 at 3:40 PM

A very nice post.. that's true.. politicians are just one of us.. People should become more responsible..

Whysoserioustoday said...
October 4, 2009 at 3:40 PM

hehe .... though my ans to tht UK colleague wud be different :P
as they have taken so much from our country tht they shud feel ashamed for beggin more :P

newaz abt teh post ... I like the perspective ... well indeed it is true tht we need to change our habits esp. minor habits spitting on roads n throwin garbage n all... lil responsibilty can make a big difference :) jus blamin politicians is not so classy :)

Bharathi said...
October 4, 2009 at 3:55 PM

@ Suga: I am happy that you liked the post and for reflecting similar thoughts.

And you are true that they looted from us. You can check my comment to Venky too.

Whysoserioustoday said...
October 4, 2009 at 6:05 PM

@ Bharathi : alryt ... evn if I agree wid ur reply to venky's comment ... its pointless .... as we are talkin abt two countries here ... n u pointed the loot of states n all ... n abt the blame ... well unno its smthn like copyin the lines frm smones book n becum a popular intellectual author ... in short ...its pointless to feel proud on smthn u have nt earned !!!

Bharathi said...
October 4, 2009 at 7:14 PM

@ Suga: I think you got my point wrong mam.

My point is about the hatred we have against England and their loot from India. I feel we dont have to have that hatred as we have much to take care from our side.

Singh Amit said...
October 4, 2009 at 9:57 PM

Thanks a lot for replying my comment.. :)

Coming to the is a prayer which means... Oh God! Light my heart with knowledge by eliminating the darkness of Ignorance.... :)

Thanks a lot for reading my posts.. :)


And best of luck for Blog-a- Ton

Ashish said...
October 5, 2009 at 12:38 AM

Hey Bharthi and Pramathesh !!

I have written my views on your post at my blog. you can check them out here:
Five point Some views!!!

Sojo Varughese said...
October 5, 2009 at 1:37 AM

We get such leaders we deserve - our leaders are a reflection of what we are because we choose them :)

Whysoserioustoday said...
October 5, 2009 at 1:56 AM

@ Bharathi : yes sir ... point noted !!!

Jennee said...
October 5, 2009 at 2:23 AM

Stopped over because Ashish told me to. haha. Great post and although I don't know much about India's politics...but here in the US I wish I could bring my people out of the ignorances too!

Bharathi said...
October 5, 2009 at 9:52 AM

@ Amit: Thanks for translating pal.

@ Ashish: will read your reply and comment. Thanks for informing.

@ Sojo: THanks a lot for reflecting like thoughts.

@ Suga: :-)

@ Jennee: Welcome to this blog. Thanks for your nice comment and following me. All the best for your intention to bring people out of ignorances. I would love to read if you could write what are all the ignorances they have now.

aativas said...
October 5, 2009 at 10:30 AM

There are many causes why people are ignorant. But I agree with your approach. Somewhere one has to start acting on one root cause rather than just analysing the cuases. Ultimately, change at one level would possibly initiate changes at other levels too. Good post.

Bharathi said...
October 5, 2009 at 12:29 PM

@ Aativas: Thanks for your positve comment pal. keep visiting.

Aditya said...
October 5, 2009 at 12:57 PM

//If there are ten goats in a herd and if we elect one goat, I don't think we can expect it to roar like a lion.//

Perfectly put. A thought provoking post. :)

Lakshmi Rajan said...
October 5, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Coming to the first line " what we have to offer them" , fortunately we do have things to offer which they are grabbing like yoga, ayurveda etc but then those are from our past.. what we have to offer from our present? Well, I would say we offer them our service industry :p by hijacking their job. Ofcourse it is a talent and our business acumen to do so ;)

About the rest of the topic.

In spite of my other differences with Ghandhi , I like his quote "Be the change that you want to see in this world". When we ourselves are corrupt in our daily life activities , we have no right to complain the politicians. If we do this in our daily life, we would be no different when we become a politician ourselves.

Guria said...
October 5, 2009 at 1:50 PM

You know I agree with the whole thing here, without pointing fingers we should look at ourselves first.

But I strongly differ on this:

They are far ahead than us in infrastructure and usage of technology. Their people are far more cultured than us. Individual freedom is at peak there and they nurture it with good manners. Their political setup is far less corrupt than ours. Their people do their job perfectly where as we let them mock at us expanding Indian Standard Time (IST) as Indian Stretched Time.

I don't think it is right to compare. In order to compare you first need to have similar parameters. Their cultures are completely different from ours, ours is a mixture. We have been ruled by different powers for a 1000 years, how can you expect us to be what they are overnight. But still we are not much behind in progress. The term "hooligan" was termed after certain British people. I think we are much more polite and cultured than them. And yes, they also have corruption, may be not so as ours in the lower level but at a level which is out of the grasp of common man. And 'Stretched Time' is a thing of personal habit neither universal nor national.
But all said and done, you cannot compare a country's dream with another's. That's unfair. We are what we are and India is one of a kind. I agree we should better ourselves but the comparison should be in what we could be or what we were to what we are today.

*long comment :P*

Insignia said...
October 5, 2009 at 4:06 PM

You are right in what you say. What is the use of blaming bureaucrats, politicians? Aren't we all like them? We are all literates, yeah, but are we educated???

Civic sense, ethics, honesty are all pain for us to follow!

Bharathi said...
October 5, 2009 at 9:39 PM

@ Lakshmirajan: I agree with your first point. And thanks for agreeing in your second para :-)

@ Guria: My intention was not to compare as I mentioned it my post. My intention here to set it as a bench mark. I can understand that with all the diverse culture it cant happen over night but I am worried that we havent started walking in right direction.

@ Insignia: Thanks for agreeing pal. "civic sense, ethics, honesty are pain to follow." well written.

pra said...
October 6, 2009 at 8:52 AM

Great post Bharati! Worth waiting for! Yes with small things we can bring about a great change.I agree totally with you.

Bharathi said...
October 6, 2009 at 7:55 PM

@ Pra: Thanks a lot for agreeing. I am happy.

indianhomemaker said...
October 6, 2009 at 11:21 PM

Great post! The politicians come from withing us, also we are the ones who elect them, so unless we change, nothing else will change :( I like this dream... but how does such a dream come true? I wonder if awareness campaigns, sustained campaigns, in schools, educational institutions - by media ... also those like Jago re and Bell Bajao campaign can make a difference. Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Rang De Basanti moved people too. Just wondering...

Bharathi said...
October 7, 2009 at 8:11 AM

@ IHM: Thanks fr commenting and joining this blog. I am actually impressed by the way you thought beyond this post. Yest what ever you said are valid options. I have other plans to implement this too. will let you know once it take shape.

Everymatter said...
October 7, 2009 at 11:37 AM

very true article

Bharathi said...
October 7, 2009 at 7:03 PM

@ Everymatter: Thanks a lot pal.

Ashish said...
October 7, 2009 at 9:39 PM

Waiting for your comments Bharathi :).

Bharathi said...
October 7, 2009 at 9:43 PM

@ Ashis: I read your wonderful post already but fiding little time now a days. I will sure comment tomorrow. Sorry for the delay.

vEnKy said...
October 7, 2009 at 10:38 PM

I wouldn't have said if someone didnt ask for something in return. Did narasimma varman come out of the grave and ask for compensation. he was looted by moghals, all of them were looted by brits. And kings at that time had some war ethics, brits didn't.

That's not the point i wanna make. India's yesteryears dream was to chase out brits now to chase out corruption and this one is much more complicated. we also very good neighbours. Neighbours who will do anything tarnish us and then we have certain groups like naxal. All of this we gotta fight. For that to happens as you said it is upto each individual to do their duty.

Bharathi said...
October 8, 2009 at 9:28 AM

@ Venky:

My dear friend Venky. That was a friendly chat I had with my British colleague.

I woudnt suggest having any grudges against anyone. That too loathing someone for what their forefathers did woudnt sound wise for me. If we start finding fault with anyone, we woudnt stop untill it reaches us.

My answer is the same old one I said before. Winners, now and then, never followed ethics. You can check history for the aftermath of any war. Instead of blaming some one else for our defeat, I believe scrutinizing our own self will give some room for improvement.

But I appreciate your intention to make our home land a better place.

Btw: Narasimma varman was not looted by mogals. He lived long long before mogals came to India.

Shruti said...
October 8, 2009 at 6:36 PM

bharathi! congrats on the blogadda pick!!

Bharathi said...
October 8, 2009 at 6:52 PM

@ Shruti: Thanks pal.

vEnKy said...
October 8, 2009 at 7:23 PM

Yep narasimmavarman lived long before i meant the pallava dynasty and the south dynasty and vijayanagara dynasty.

And buddy i have no grudge against the brits. The Uk, a nation once was racist, today is a multi-racial society. And hats-off to their liberalism.

As far blaming is concerned one has to see the reality it is easy to saw review yourself but all these factors come into play. We are not a democracy of 300 yrs like USA we are a young country. Uk has only been invaded once in its entire history but thats not the same for us. We have not invaded any country in the last 1000 years. So it will take a few generations to wipe that off completely. We need more time.

Bharathi said...
October 9, 2009 at 8:45 PM

@ Venky: Now you sound very nice and seem to understand. I am very happy and thankful friend.

I agree this will not happen overnight. My point is we need to take some action.

Thanks for leaving very honest comments.

Attitude tees said...
October 10, 2009 at 11:36 PM

What happened to Indian dream of becoming No 01 test nation?

Bharathi said...
October 11, 2009 at 10:04 AM

@ Attitude tees: dont worry that will happen soooon

Asit Dhal said...
October 13, 2009 at 12:17 AM

" If there are ten goats in a herd and if we elect one goat, I don't think we can expect it to roar like a lion."

This is the best dialog. Our problem is that we can't come out of that bed and we can't take risk.

karthi said...
October 13, 2009 at 4:25 PM

Nice and Apt Picture "Pushing Rock"

Bharathi said...
October 13, 2009 at 8:34 PM

@ Asit Dhal: Thanks for your comment. I am happy that you understood the point.

@ Karthi: Welcome back. I m Happy you liked it.

Sjagannath said...
June 22, 2010 at 8:28 AM

Thanks for such a great Indian thought.These thought must inspire our people to stop blaming others.

Bharathi said...
June 23, 2010 at 7:08 PM

@ SJaganath: THanks buddy. I am happy that u liked it.

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