INDIA, FROM HERE TO WHERE?

Each time the nation's consciousness hits a crisis point India keeps coming back to the same question: 'From here to where?' Is there any hope at all?

Has the nation found an answer to corruption yet…? No…

Does India have the right answer to the problem of crimes against women? … Not as yet…

Have the answers to poverty, casteism, declining values, killing of the girl child and the numerous other challenges come…?

Is India likely to find answersgoing forward the way it is now going…?

Except for a few who desire status-quo and are satisfied with small reforms, not many express hopenot for the near future at the least… 

 

There is sincerity in desire to solve the problem, and there is plenty of it... People are ready to act on the problems and make sacrifices... They are making sacrifices now too... And despite all this there is, still, a hope deficit. The future appears bleak and the best of thinkers do not seem to know of any practical way by which the nation can be taken forward to new horizons...    

There are a lot of people offering solutions. Though there is nothing comprehensive like Arthashastra for instance, some excellent scripts have surfaced and there are a lot many people making off-the-cuff statements piecemeal. But none of this has found acceptance as a benchmark by the powers that be. Though some of these ideas have managed to inspire, none of these, have galvanized the Indian citizenry to tap its highest potential.

If at all there is a hope for change then it seems to come from those taking to the streets rather than from the elected who sit in the parliament and think and plan for the future of the nation. And as for the people on the street, will they come up with a coherent answer or scheme which will finally bring forth transformation...?  One fervently hopes so; and today there are visible efforts being made by these actors to come up with a thinking process that can take the nation places in a new way... 

Like many others the author too wishes the welfare of the nation; and a lot of time and effort has been invested into thinking and researching about what needs to be done about the challenges facing the nation (by the author, his instructors, inspirations, facilitators and well-wishers). Focused work has been happening in right earnest for close to 20 years now (1993); and the short answer that has emerged from that study is that India cannot rise to glory unless it builds on its civilizational strengths. What is therefore presented in this set of vision documents is the elaboration of how, by returning to some of the indigenous civilization's excellent ideals, a transition to the nation's highest destiny must be pursued.  

It emerges from the study that the two important pillars on which India needs to build its future are:

1)      Effective decentralization and freedom at the doorsteps (Panchayati Swaraj) (Organizational Rights of communities)

2)      Effective realization of India's civilizational wisdom and its adaptation for today’s society. (Return to an ancient and Glorious tryst)

Is it possible to tackle all the issues confronting the nation by going along these lines...? One can never say for sure, but it does offer hope as the most promising course of action to take. A great, all inclusive, team effort may well be possible. And if the core of these ideas, which are apparently hidden from the modern mainstream intellect, has delivered good results at some period in the past, then there is every reason to believe that in some modified form that very same core can be used to bring effective change today...