COMPARED WITH OTHER VISIONS

Unlike Mr. Nandan Nilekeni’s vision this one does not see a future in expanded cities but rather leans towards the Gandhian idea of spiritually and intellectually flourishing villages. The vision and inspiration of village republics of Uttiramerur is represented as the heart of the solution and it is sought to be integrated into the PURA model advocated by Dr Kalam and Mr. Inderesan. The PURA clusters must more or less play the role of the age old ‘mandalas’ of India. All in all it is about self-reliant villages that have achieved economic diversification and independence in interdependence. These villages would therefore be ultimately inhabited by intellectuals of high calibre and as such will be nurseries of skills, values, heroes and world beaters.

Unlike the extreme right wing Sangh philosophy that is based on a belief that is inspired by 'Clash of Civilizations' (by Samuel Huntington), this vision seeks to take further Shri Deendayal Upadhayay’s vision which closes in on the 'Vasudaivakutumbakam' or the 'World is One Family' philosophy of essential Hinduism.  It also touches the essence of cateism and exposes the misconception prevalent in the current liberation discourse of the lower castes and how this impedes true progress of individuals, castes and communities.

In economic terms the path to prosperity is not be seen as a comet head speeding away with dust (the poor) falling off in its long tail but rather as stable star that has learned to glow… Gandhian in its approach, it propounds an economy that is in service of the people and not people in service of the economy. Swadeshi was the clarion call of the Independence struggle; in this vision the same principle is sought to be encapsulated in 'Swagrami'patronage for village produced goods.

It lays stress on the Indian world view, where the spirit yearns for the highest and where all else are tools to get the best that man can get...

To answer questions about the potential and credibility of the vision it is best to point out that various aspects of the vision have been commended by very distinguished personalities. Admiral Arun Prakash former CNS is an articulate soldier who found the debates in the first book to be intellectually deep. Mr. TN Seshan, the former Chief Election Commissioner of India, who was responsible for transforming the election scene in India, thinks that the part of the vision that deals with Indian indigenous learning is a great tribute to Hinduism. And the Gandhian, Prof Lalitha Ramamurthi, the Chairperson of the Gandhi Peace Foundation, Chennai, commends the book on decentralization to be path breaking. The important part is that these comments have come from these dignitaries independent of each other. With such distinguished persons commending various aspects of the vision, the reader can be safely assured that the complete vision is worth a second look.

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