23rd March

March 23, 2012 at 11:48 pm

2012-1931 = 81 years after three son's of this soil gave their lives, we still are fighting battle to gain independence. Yes, we did win over one enemy over 64 years back but continued to remain grappled by several other issues which have continued to inhibit not only our growth, but have challenged even the basic survival.

Not much needs to be said about the present state of our country. Most of you who would make an effort to read this issue are likely to be well aware of the problems that face Indian society, more so because of its own self. Most of you belong to middle, upper middle or upper class (as per financial status), and are educated. So sitting here it's difficult to absorb the kind of complexities that face this nation inspite of having known so much because of the absence of that experience. The depth of the problems faced by the Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP), which unfortunately has the largest base, is an extreme and humanly unjustifiable. I want to clear this misconception we are getting any closer to be a super power. That's because outside world can't look into what even we can't. We are actually living in a country which is the poorest on this earth. We have poorer living conditions than some of the African countries. In a recent study, it was reported that 8 Indian states are poorer than Africa's 26 poorest nations. These states are Bihar, Jharkhand, UP, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Rajasthan and West Bengal which inhabit account for 42 crore poor.

If we have to write on trying to open up all these facts and problems, several thousand thick volumes can be printed. But that's not what we need to place our focus on today. We, the people, are responsible for such pathetic scenario. We have been either unsympathetic or have failed to understand on how to actuate our goodness. Our democratic system has also been such that politicians have continued to play with it. Three great souls left us a long time ago, but Bhagat Singh once made such important statement which if we could have understood and actualized, we would have been happier, more independent and developed. He said, "The aim of life is no more to control mind, but to develop it harmoniously , not to achieve salvation here after, but to make the best use of it here below, and not to realise truth, beauty and good only in contemplation, but also in the actual experience of daily life; social progress depends not upon the ennoblement of the few but on the enrichment democracy or universal brotherhod can be achieved only when there is an equality of opportunity in the social, political and individual life."

He talked about revolution. But the revolution that we need today is of a different kind and need different strategies and means to fight. To get this, it requires just one thing that takes care of all that's required including discipline, persistence, hard work, etc. etc. and that is a deep understanding & belief in what is right & what needs to be done. Bhagat Singh said, "Crush your individuality first. Shake off the dreams of personal comfort. Then start to work. Inch by inch you shall have to proceed. It needs courage, perseverance and very strong determination. No difficulties and no hardships shall discourage you. No failure and betrayals shall dishearten you. No travails (!) imposed upon you shall snuff out the revolutionary will in you. Through the ordeal of sufferings and sacrifice you shall come out victorious. And these individual victories shall be the valuable assets of the revolution." If the generations to come could manage to get any closer to some of these thoughts and the present generation, yes, you the reader and many-many more who won't be able to read it because of the vast amount of information flowing through this space, it can be said that we'll move forward at much greater speeds and with a lot more of satisfaction, for sure.

I beckon all of you to give some time to think and dig deeper to move your eyes towards what's hidden from most of us. Independently, make an effort to bring that change in your everyday life and move towards doing that substantial part which is often left undone through the lifetime. Indian Matters is also about such people who want to do the same. We together can also do the same. Get together, get bigger and make us matter.

Varun Kapil
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