NATIONAL APPEAL ON NATIONAL DAY!

Is India changing today? Yes, India is. Since a decade or so, overnight changes are taking place in India. I mean in the lives of Indians, changes are happening at a faster pace. There are thousands and crores of stories to prove it, but months back while doing online research I came across the NDTV Classics special report on Aviation industry covered on December 2006. In that report, the story of Air Deccan Airhostess Chitra, a 19-year Sindhi girl from Darbhanga, Bihar actually dragged my attention towards the study of changes happening in India. While her interview Chitra said, “All my friends came by flight to give an interview but I went by train”, even in the next interview Jet Airways Airhostess Neha Oberai also quoted that, “many girls who join this glamorous job have never flown before joining this job”.

These two sentences of the two young Indian air hostesses are enough to say How lives are changing in India! How fast people are moving from marginalizing to the middle class and from the middle class to the elite class! How my country India is growing! In this rapid national growth, the Big Question is HOW FAR WE CAN KEEP OUR STEPS ON THE UP WALKING PATH OF CHANGE > GROWTH > DEVELOPMENT???

Is there any loop in our up-walk/in our thought?

Do we need some more Add-ons to our growth?

What about the sustainability of this growth?

As you keep thinking, I want to brief you with couple of ideas:-

In the September 2016, there was a post going viral on Facebook. “A dog pissing on the national flag of Pakistan”, one of my old friends tagged me with that and immediately along with me few other Indian guys objected her and deleted that post from our Facebook pages.

Being an Indian let’s think is it the right thing we do?

Can our soldiers on border ever allow such kind things to happen?

How can we forget the Godly principle with a tagline of “religious nation”?  

Yes, globally we are known for being religious, but it’s so painful that we forget the eternal principle to “love your neighbour as you love yourself”.

Being deep-rooted to Culture & Mannerism we proudly say Basundhara Kutumbakam which is also one of the National Identity we Indian hold. It means “we consider people irrespective of Caste, Creed, Religion, Language and Nationality as one FAMILY!!!” The first and foremost attribute of a family is “LOVE out of Pious Heart”.

Being an Indian let’s think are we getting side tracked from our Culture and National Identity?

Are we not living a hypocritical life?

How can we give a pious talk and walk just in opposite to it?

The heart of every growth is the ‘LOVE’ towards it! As we vigorously strive for the national growth, my appeal to each INDIAN is – “Shall we put a full stop to hypocrisy? Is it not possible for us to LOVE others with pious heart?”

Respect begets Respect!

Love begets Love!

Don’t forget! Stay Blessed!

Avinash

INDIA IN 68 REPUBLIC YEARS…

India turned into a sovereign democratic republic on the 26th of January, 1950. That is a significant date in the historical backdrop of India as well as in the cutting edge history of the world. On that date one-6th of the global populace, living in India got to be distinctly masters of their fate and embraced a democratic form of government with all-inclusive adult establishment and control of law.

India’s flexibility was an immediate trigger for the procedure of decolonization. Also, India’s decision of majority rules system significantly extended the democratic territories in the world.

India had made considerable progress from that fateful day in January 1950. The nation has advanced tremendously in many fields of the human attempt. It is most certainly not conceivable to describe in short for everyone of the accomplishments of the nation amid the last sixty-four years. Subsequently, I have chosen to concentrate on just those accomplishments which are persevering in nature; which are transformational; which have influenced the lives of a great many Indians and which are applicable and critical for the world.

Democratic Government

Image result for democratic government indiaThe preeminent accomplishment of the nation during this period is the presentation, sustaining and thriving of vote based system in India. Whenever India turned out to be free in 1947 the land was degraded poor; 83% of the populace was uneducated; average life expectancy was under 30 years of age, and there were various divisions in light of casts, creeds and languages. Also, there were more than 500 states in the nation which were governed by kings and princes who owed constancy to the British Crown before the liberation of the country. Because of the partition of the country into India and Pakistan and due to incidental destruction and mass relocation of countrymen from one a part of the country to the next, the law and order and security circumstance in the recently independent India were extremely indeterminate. To bring democracy and lead of law in the nation under these desperate conditions was a display of confidence from the founding fathers of the Indian Republic.

Numerous political leaders and critics in the world, including Sir Winston Churchill, the previous Prime Minister of Great Britain, were very wary about India’s capacity to remain united as a nation and to maintain a democratic government for any significant duration of time. History has proved them wrong and found that the faith showed by the Indian leaders was well thought. The government in India has not just made it happen for more than sixty years, but it is immovably settled and prospering. India is the biggest democratic government on the planet with free, fair and regular elections; all; the rule of law, heartily open and candid media and smooth change of governments at regular intervals. The vote democracy in India has not just survived, but, this type of government has significantly fortified the Commonwealth, dependability and solidarity of the nation.

Food Security

Related imageFood Security for the general population of India is another impressive triumph of the Indian Republic. Amid the early years of the Indian Republic, the food situation in the country was terrible. Despite the fact that India was principally a farming nation at that time it was not producing enough food grains for its people. This is since during the British Rule the Government arrangement was overwhelmingly in support of the production of cash crops to give raw materials for the production lines in Great Britain. Because of this confused strategy, the growth of the eatable plant in the country was insufficient, and there was various starvation in India back then. Such a thing couldn’t be permitted to continue in liberated India. Therefore, in the early years, the Republic of India had to import massive amounts of food grains to sustain its expansive and developing populace. Due to its limited foreign exchange resources, the nation was not able to pay for these imports in hard cash, and it needed to rely on U.S. Food Aid. Proud and free India couldn’t let this situation go on and needed to discover ways to expand the growth of food. Deliberate efforts were made to modernise the Indian agriculture by presenting better quality high yielding seeds, compost, water system and loan offices for the farmers. These collective attempts have realised a Green Revolution in the nation and the food production has expanded drastically, from around 51 million tonnes in 1950 to additional than 252 tonnes in 2016. Today India is not just independent in providing food for its people but also can give sustenance help to other developing nations. The country is also capable of exporting food. The government has manufactured high stocks of food to meet any crises. Nutrition levels in the countrywide still need to be raised enormously, and food distribution needs to be enhanced radically yet apparition of starvations has been for eliminated. Remembering the huge and growing population of India, this is not a small accomplishment.

Nearly like the Green Revolution, is the White Revolution, through which India has significantly expanded its milk production and has turned into the largest producer of milk worldwide. Apart from milk, India has proved to be the second biggest maker of fruits and vegetables in the world and India is among the leading five producers of cotton, sugar, tea and numerous other agro items. As of late, the nation has passed National Food Security Act which ensures adequate quantity of quality food at affordable prices to almost 70 % of the number of inhabitants in the country.

Economic Progress

Image result for economic progress indiaThe Republic of India has made commendable financial growth in the last sixty-four years. Toward the end of the colonial rule, India acquired an economy which was one of the poorest on the planet. In 1950 the nation was wretchedly poor. The rate of development of the economy was around 1 % whereas the populace was developing at the rate of over 2%. Along these lines there was clear, and exhibit threat of Indians is getting to be distinctly poorer consistently. Also, the markers of human improvement, for example, life expectancy and literacy levels were low. The average life expectancy during childbirth was around 27 years because of extremely high rate of newborn child mortality, and illiteracy was around 83%. The industrial sector was undeveloped. Just around 10% of the Indian GDP was identified with industrial products. The generation of indicators of monetary advance, for example, concrete, steel and power were weak, and the framework in the nation was profoundly insufficient. Every one of these markers of economic advancement has enhanced amid the most recent 64 years.

The reasonable future has expanded to 67 years, and absence of education level has descended from 83% to 26%. The commitment of mechanical items to GDP has bounced from 10% to about 26%. The yearly creation of concrete has expanded from 2.7 to 272 million tonnes; steel from 1 to 82 million tonnes and power from 5 Billion KWH to 877 Billion KWH. India has risen as the second biggest maker of concrete on the planet. India has additionally amassed remote trade stores of more than 295 billion US dollars. The combination of the Indian economy with the worldwide economy has continuously developed. The nation could gain this ground by consistently expanding its rates of reserve funds, venture and financial development. Thus, the Indian economy today is the tenth biggest on the planet in ostensible dollar terms and the third largest on the globe in obtaining power equality (PPP) terms. The GDP of the nation in 2013 was 1.758trillion U.S. dollars in ostensible terms and 4.962 Trillion US dollars as far as PPP. In acknowledgement of this financial advance, the government has been welcome to end up distinctly an individual from G-20 economic forces. India is frequently observed by numerous financial analysts as a rising monetary superpower which will assume a highly critical part of the worldwide economy in the 21st century. Because of the economic advance made by the nation, a great many Indians have been lifted out of destitution, and normal way of life of the general population has gone up virtually.

Science and Technology

Image result for science and technology indiaThe Republic of India has made significant walks in science and innovation amid the most recent 67 years. The nation has built up an expansive number of foundations of higher learning of science and innovation. Accordingly, India as of now has the second biggest pool of actually prepared labour on the planet. Beginning from an exceptionally weak mechanical base in 1950 India has accomplished the capacity to create all purchase and mechanical items. The nation is turning out to be notable for its cheap designing. India is developing as a pharmaceutical goliath especially for the creation of low estimated brand drugs. It is additionally developing as a common centre point for the generation of little autos. Additionally, the nation has built up the capacity to deliver and dispatch multiple satellites and place them in the circle. Aside from propelling its satellites, India is powering satellites for different nations all the time. India has effectively shown its capacity to send missions to the moon and damages. Just five countries share this respect on the planet.

Data and Communications

Related imageIndia has developed as an outstanding player on the globe in the fields of data what more, correspondences are? Indian IT experts are working in all the created nations on the globe and are in expanding request. India has established world-class innovative work (R&D) offices in this field. India’s fare of IT empowered items and administrations, has as of now surpassed 60 Billion US dollars for each year. The fare of IT enabled administrators will undoubtedly develop encourage and is probably going to exceed 100 billion US dollars in the following five years. The accessibility of phones in India in 1950 was to a high degree constrained. It is assessed that there were around 100 000 phone associations in the entirety nation in 1950. Beginning from this little base, India has developed as the second biggest phone arrange on the planet. The nation had 960.9 million phone supporters in 2016. Telephone thickness was above79% a year ago and is as yet developing quickly. More than 8 million phones were included May 012 alone. India has additionally built up the third biggest web organise on the planet with 137 million associations in 2016. Web network in the nation is too extending quickly. The quick increment in phone system in the country is having an incredibly the constructive outcome on the profitability and will undoubtedly quicken the financial development promote.

Extending Soft Power

Image result for extending soft power indiaNoteworthy and developing delicate force of India on the planet is another important measurement of the advance made by the nation. Until 1950 India was known principally for its destitution, otherworldly customs, wind charmer, Taj Mahal and yogis. This discernment has experienced an extraordinary change amid the last sixty-seven years. The new view of the nation is as the biggest majority rules system in the world and as a rising financial, atomic and space control. The nation is additionally notable for its extensive and extraordinarily extending IT related administrations and its brilliant and profoundly talented programming engineers. Indian film industry, prevalency known as Bollywood, has a large number of fans far and wide. Indian motion pictures are indicated routinely in all real urban communities in Africa, Asia and many parts of the World all the time. Indian traditional and prominent music, Indian food and styles are increasing worldwide prevalence. All real urban communities of the world have various Indian eateries. The overall prevalence of profound Indian conventions including reflection and yoga has extended immensely amid the most recent sixty years.

Various nations have/had people of Indian birthplace in driving political
Positions, for example, heads of governments, heads of state, governors of states, Individuals from parliament and so forth. Leaders of numerous internationally eminent multinational organisations, for example, Arcelor Mittal, City Bank, Deutsche Bank, Master Card, Pepsi Co, Vodafone and so forth are or were people of Indian cause. Indian organisations have effectively assumed control over various widely acclaimed institutions, for example, Apollo Tires, British Steel, Jaguar and Land Rover Cars and aluminium goliath Novelis. The worldwide nearness of Indian institutions is extending quickly. Aditya Birla Group of India works in 36 nations on five mainlands. Goodbye Group has nearness in more than 100 nations and fares of 150 countries on the six continents. The Tata Group has a yearly turnover of around 100 billion US. Dollars. 62.7 percent of this turnover originates from outside India. Goodbye Global Drinks are the second biggest player in the global tea showcase. Goodbye Consultancy Services (TCS) is a primary worldwide programming organisation, and Tata Engines is among the major five producers of business vehicles in the world. In perspective of the above India is progressively seen as a generous rising force and a compel for peace, thriving and dependability on the planet. This delicate power is an extraordinary resource for India.

Developing Self-Confidence

Image result for developing self confidence indiaThe best accomplishment of the Republic of India amid the last sixty-seven-a long time is a self-assurance which the nation and its kin have picked up. In the early years of the Indian Republic the government was confronting various significant issues, for example, miserable neediness, high rate of unemployment, divided country, differences of mainland extends and dangerous neighbourhood. Under these conditions, the nation and its kin were most certainly not exceptionally sure. They didn’t know whether they will be overpowered by these incredible difficulties and issues. The experience of the last sixty-seven has given India and its kin another feeling of self-assurance. The first mentality of the Indian individuals has experienced an ocean change. Rather than the state of mind of we can’t do it, the new mentality is we can do it. This change is noticeable to all consistent worldwide guests to India and proficient eyewitnesses of the Indian scene. The innovative and entrepreneurial energies of the general population have been discharged. There is serious rivalry to exceed expectations in all fields of a human attempt. This forecasts well for the brilliant fate of the nation.

Challenges

In spite of the fact that India has gained exceptionally noteworthy ground amid the last sixty-seven-a long time against overwhelming chances yet there are still many difficulties to confront and huge issues to tackle before it can turn into a created nation. The country needs to develop quickly for the following a quarter century dispose of neediness, lessen unemployment and decrease the inlet amongst rich and poor and between the agricultural and urban zones. The nation additionally needs to enhance its physical and social framework considerably. End of debasement in open life and change like administration, are of fundamental significance. The government needs to take mind that the improvement is maintainable with due respect to the assurance of environment. The fruitful treatment of these difficulties will permanently raise the way of life of its individuals and help it in joining the group of created countries. Nitty gritty investigation of the challenges confronting the nation is a subject for a different article.

WHY MY INDIA IS GREAT? THE REASONS WHY I LOVE MY COUNTRY SO MUCH…

I have been living in this country for last 40 years and more… And truly speaking I love this country called INDIA and I love its people, my fellow Indians.

“Mera Bharat Mahan!”

When I said that, I feel it and I love to share why I felt that way.

Early Morning Drama: Usually we wake up in the morning with a natural alarm clock when the birds sing and crows crow. But have you ever waken up with the noises of  women fighting over a bucket of water just outside your room? Its really fun watching the ladies shouting at the top of their voices fighting for their rights of a bucket full of water.

But the interesting fact is the same ladies will be gossiping, giggling and chit chatting with each other some other time.

DSCN7584Carefree Life: I have a picture which reflects the carefree attitude of few school girls having delicious Biriyani on the street. It’s not only about the kids but also the adults sometimes behave that way. I don’t think we will ever get that pleasure anywhere in this world. The carefree and “I don’t bother,” attitude is always invigorating.

Why I used the word ‘invigorating?’ Because the same carefree behaviour turns into serious drama the very next moment when somebody speaks against the people of the group chilling out on the street. Sometimes the carefree strength is used for positive dramas too.

Utter Simplicity: We lack mannerism. The simple fact is we never learnt that in our childhood and we find it very difficult to practice it in general. For example, if I say thank you for what I receive, the giver always protests why I said “Thank you.” Why the formality between the close relatives or friends? That mannerism is not acceptable in India or among the Indians. That sometimes is very moving. It shows our simple hearts. We don’t try to complicate things by mannerism and so called formalities. We love to be informal and simple.

But who can beat us in being hospitable? The way we show our hospitality from welcoming the guests, offering food to giving our best when somebody comes to our village, locality or home. Nowhere we can find this. Our hospitality will cross all mannerism in the world.

Togetherness & Brotherly feeling: This is the best part of my India. We love joint families. We love to gather together for party unnecessarily. We won’t find that family relationship anywhere else. The joint family culture is just so much fun and beautiful which is though fading away slowly. Sometimes we feel that we love to waste money on cheap emotions when we gather together but the importance of that is being felt in the long run in life. We have thousand reasons to come together over a feast. We enjoy our failures and joyous moments together. Isn’t that amazing?

Yet, when it comes to pay for a good cause we are always ready to raise fund.

Delicious & Different types of Food: We get the most delicious food in our country and may be the maximum types of dishes because of varied cultures with different cuisines from Kashmir in North India to Kanyakumari in South. We as Indians have the opportunity to taste all kinds of food. If we start naming them one by one then we need a whole blog to describe it with different posts.

There are many such aspects that I couldn’t mention in this one single article but all that make our India a great country and we are proud of it.

On a final note I can say, there are lot of things which we need to change in us and around us yet we have such fun, such beauty in all those that we lack. I have mixed feelings about the things I pointed out about India yet I love the very fact that I am an Indian and a proud one.

Jai Hind!!!

Stay Blessed!!!

A THOUGHT ON “3 SHADES” – AN INDIAN SHORT FILM

I love to watch motivational and inspirational videos. Youtube is such a site where lots of videos are available for us to watch, download and upload. Even I have a channel of my own with some very important videos for people.

Yesterday, I watched this video which gave me a thought which I would like to share with you all. The video title is “3 Shades” which is a short film. Have a look at it:

The little boy in the film could sell all his tri colour flags on 26th of January but couldn’t sell them the very next day on 27th.

What an irony!!!

Sometimes we get heated up with different issues coming up but as the time passes by we forget them and become very cold to even feel the need of thinking about the same issues. 

We look at the kids on the streets. Feel sympathetic towards them. Shake our heads. And walk on our ways in our own business.

We raise our voices on FB, Blogs, Twitters, Whatsapps and everywhere possible scolding the government, municipality, political leaders, other people for doing this or that. Then we forget and don’t even bother to do our part in that matter.

Keep thinking and keep creating awareness…

Stay Blessed!!!

CYNICISM OF INDIA

A couple of days back I watched the movie “Airlift” and I was quite impressed. Impressed not just with the movie but also the people involved in the real incident that the movie was based on. In spite of minimal support from any Government, some volunteers manage to do one of the biggest evacuation programs in the world history – just to save their own people.

We all have met Indians who are absolutely resigned and cynical about how India is. They complain of bad infrastructure, hygiene, poverty, corruption and the list goes on. Some of those people choose to be in India and continue to complain about the governance, authorities and everything around them and there are others who choose to leave this country to go elsewhere and they continue to shame their own country on a foreign land.

Few months back, when I told some of my friends that I have given up my LPG subsidy because I really CAN afford the full cost of LPG cylinder, I got this reaction – Why should we give up our subsidy when the rich netas of this country eat in a highly subsidized parliament canteen? I just had one answer for them – What is the difference between me and those netas if I also choose to do what they are doing? Yes it is true that there is huge gap between how governance has been in India till date and what we expect out of a “decently good” government.

I live in Whitefield Bangalore and if you start following some news about this area of Bangalore, you will know that this place is a major IT hub of the city and has the most horrible infrastructure in the whole city. There is a NGO named Whitefield Rising which organizes volunteers to work with authorities to get some structure to this place. There are retired volunteers who have become traffic wardens and they stand in sun and pollution to manage the traffic for the whole day. There are kids and young adults who take up spot fixing projects on the weekends. Spot fixing is a project where they pick a spot that it dirtied by dumped garbage and they spend whole 2 days cleaning it and educating people around to not make that place a garbage dump again. There are hundreds of other volunteers who are working day and night to educate people on garbage segregation.

It moves me when I see thousands of Bangaloreans getting together to actually make their own place better. They choose not to blame the authorities and government while sitting in front of the television – they choose to make a difference.

Ask yourself – Are you a cynical and resigned person who believes ki “India ka kuch nahi ho sakta” or are you the one who has the courage to take things in your hands and make a difference in some form.

‘NAMASTE INDIA’ – AN INITIATIVE TO BRING PEACE & UNITY

Today evening I was watching a clip from a Bollywood movie “Namaste London” where movie star Akhsaya Kumar delivers a very powerful dialogue to a British man when the man tries to humiliate India by calling it the land of Snake Charmers and so on. There, Mr. Akhsaya Kumar starts & ends his dialogues with the most honorable way of greeting people – ‘NAMASTE’.

Although INDIA is one of the most emerging superpowers & the fastest growing economy globally, it has not lost it’s rich heritage & culture of nearly 5,000 years. There are innumerable factors for which Indians can feel proud & great world wide but still we follow the teachings & culture of our old Indian society. Whenever we see anyone elderly we greet them with folded hands and bowed heads, saying ‘NAMASTE’ out of respect and honour.

I feel this word ‘NAMASTE’ has a great analogy in the scripture – The Bible. The Bible tells us to humble yourselves to God & also to your fellow human beings, as Jesus Christ humbled Himself unto death on the cross. Humility is one of the many characters of Jesus Christ which He displayed to human beings before He was crucified. So as the children of God we need to be humble to God & also to our fellow human beings. 

Humility only comes when we have love for others in our heart. We can never boast or humiliate others for our own good. And God also hates pride & boastful people. Because it’s not a godly character rather it’s an evil character, which always discriminates & divides people and races.

Therefore to live together as one family & one village (Global Home), the first change we need to bring in ourselves is, “to humble ourselves even to the point of death.” Only when everyone starts practising humility surely we can live with peace & harmony.

India is land where we find UNITY among many DIVERSITIES. We have people from different castes, creeds & languages in India. Still we are able to live together & choose one government.

I being an Indian, pray on this 67th Republic day of my nation, “let this character of HUMILITY shine in every human heart irrespective of all the differences”.

I Thank GOD because I am an Indian & I wish all the Indians a very HAPPY REPUBLIC DAY !  

NAMASTE INDIA!

 

Avinash Das

LET US BE RESPONSIBLE

India has come a long way since its independence in 1947. It has been 67 years since it was recognized as a Republic which meant she was not a slave anymore. She was not to be ruled by a monarch but will be governed by the elected representatives chosen by her people.

Yes, every five years we vote for our trustworthy representatives to come to power in the hope of a better tomorrow. When our demands are not met we pick out on how irresponsible our government is. Well, to say there is zero effort on our part is untrue. We forget that the true power of a Republic lies in the hands of the people. Do our tasks end with elections? We certainly cannot complain without working to eliminate the errors in execution. Nevertheless, a handful of people still burn themselves out for India’s ideal state of freedom.

There are solutions within our thresholds for minute issues. We have to take the initiative of being responsible and not just leave it to the government to enforce it as a law, for example, ‘Swach Bharat Abhiyaan’. People began a journey towards a cleaner surrounding only when it was passed as a law! Wasn’t this taught to us decades before in school? It could have been spontaneous but sadly it never happens that way.

There were times when we felt the need to show solidarity for Paris attacks but how many of us even mentioned the sacrifice of our Jawans in the Pathankot attack in our talks? We changed our Facebook Profile Pictures to a tricoloured one to promote the digitisation of India but not in the memory of the people who put up a brave fight against the terrorists in Pathankot.

Its time friends we bring out the true meaning of Republic in us and do the minimum we can to be responsible. Maybe, then we will surely come a long way.