India A vibrant, free market democracy,a robust economy A journey through India Prabuddh Bsanerjee
Things That Make India Proud We often belittle our achievements. It is a crying shame. A sense of pride has the power to raise people’s lives and hope from an ordinary to a truly extraordinary. Pride also makes a nation, and in times of despair and helplessness, can lift the spirit of a billion people. I am presenting an enterprise called India .
On May 11 th 1998, then defense research chief A.P.J Abdul Kalam was in Pokharan wearing battle fatigues masquerading as Major General Prithviraj. His colleague and the chief of the Department of Atomic Energy R. Chidmabaram was palying his own part in India’s nuclaer play acting as Major General Nataraj. The two had led the team that tested the nuclear device. The tests have given India Shakti.
Shaped by some of the India’s finest minds, drafted by a committee headed by B.R. Ambedkar and conflating the world’s best political systems the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Ireland and Canada. If democracy is the religion the constitution is the Gita and Bible of the sovereign India.
Some movements have a life of their own. Self Employed Women’s Association is one such organisation now bigger than the wildest dreams of its founder a lawyer- turned- labour leader from Ahmedabad- Ela Bhatt.
The British set it up as early as 1774 in Kolkatta, with jurisdiction merely over the crow’s subjects in the colony. After independence, the Supreme Court in Delhi became an institution, which, unlike many others that sullied India’s name, pride and future has lived up to the responsibilities the constitution vested in it.
For starters they reside in the rarefied stratosphere of Six sigma rating or an efficiency rating of 99.999999- one error in six million transactions a feather in the Gandhi cap-as rated by Forbes Global a big American Business Weekly.
They make just one mistake in two months. All this for a measly 150 per month per Tiffins which when pooled among these magical lunch logisticians gives them a take home pay of around 3000 per month. Who needs management gurus?
Chipko in Hindi means, “Stick to”. In early 1970sthat what thousands of villagers in the fertile valleys of the upper Himalayas did when wood contractors came to feel their trees and dared the government to have them cut.
They also got the central government to bring the new laws on forest felling that ultimately gave birth to the Department of Environment, as we know it today.
Today there are over a hundred satellite channels that beam news and entertainment, over 5000 dailies, 16000 weeklies and more than 6000 fortnightlies in all Indian languages because people have right to know.
For almost 36 years the Amul kid hid one of the biggest natural produce movements in the world.by 1996 when the girl edged into India’s consciousness selling her utterly butterly delicious product Amul cooperative was quietly weaving what would be known as the White Revolution.
Its official, the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, is the toughest business school in the world to get in to, ahead of Harvard Business School, Columbia University, Spain’s Instituto de Empressa and France’s Instead according to the survey by the Economist.
Yoga is called the elixir, this 5000 year old holistic science was first noticed in an Indus valley seal of a yogi and later codified by Patanjali in the 2 nd century BC is accepted, without question as superb mind, body and soul exercise.
It stays together, eats together, celebrates together, works together and dodges tax together with help of friendly regulations for the “undivided family”. the extended family is generally melodramatic- from Ramayana to Hum Apke Hain Kaun? – Sometimes quarrelsome, and occasionally stifling .
A Shivaji Park XI made up of Ajit Wadekar, Lalchand Rajput,SachinTendulkar, Sandeep Patil, Vinod Kambli, Chandrakant Pandit, Ramakant Desai, Raju Kulkarni, Baloo Gupte, Padmakar Shivalkar and Ajit Agarkar would be handful for any opposition, not just any maidan XI, two more India players, Pravin Amre and Manohar Hardikar in the reserves
Today there are 86 gardens spread over 19000 hectares employing 15000 people producing up to 11 million kg a year. A kilo of Darjeeling from the Castleton estate fetched the highest ever price of Rs. 22000 at the Kolkata auctions in 2003.
Never take a dhaba at face value you never what you will find.
This once lowly roadside eatery is going places: from Punjab, where it was born as a highway trucker’s halt serving food at dirt cheap prices (dirt comes with the main course) dhabas have now gone global.
In Massachusetts, you could find an “up market” dhaba that serves a naan for $1.5 (74). In London it may come with a hip crowd and stylized Bhangra.
The India postal system, the largest in the world, thrives with network of 1.5 lakh post offices countrywide, in remote jungles, still more remote mountain communities and hamlets in the middle of the Thar desert.
Inaugurated in 1970, presenting a mix of film music, skits short plays and other features and then as now broadcasts for 14 hours a day beaming countrywide from 200 stations this is much greater than the present reach of FM radio restricted to metros.
The population coverage of Vividh Bharati is 97 percent.
In India, its possible to recycle and reuse almost any junk, from newspaper to old plastic jars. According to one estimate, India recycles 60 percent of its plastic waste. The figure for Japan is 12%, for China 10%.Discarded objects are reincarnated for someone less privileged. Poverty forces an estimated one million kabadiwallas to spend hours earning few rupees this way.
Bollywood produces 300 feature films every year, has an annual turnover of Rs. 6000 crore, and gives jobs to more than two million people. These inanities have found fans in East Asia, Central Asia, North America, and Africa. Bollywood, the overly decorated window to our soul, is now world’s window to India.
If anybody says Indian’s are not innovative, just stare them down and call them rude names. Innovation is the mother of all inventions in this vast impoverished country where common folk have turned make-do into an art form.