“Sarve bhavanthu sukinaha! Sarve shantini niramayaha ! Sarve bhatrani bhasyanthu maakaschidu kababpyathe” (let everyone be happy, let everyone be healthy, let everyone prosper in this country) –
Let’s do what it takes to be happy, to let everyone be healthy, and let everyone prosper.. And that’s all that we can do towards our nation. But I remind, it begins with you and I. We’ve to be the change we want to see. We have to know what our strengths and weaknesses are, and we’ve to capitalize on our abundance and richness, for we are the pillars of our mother India! On that note, I take immense pride for having got the blessing to be in the hands of and enjoy this warmth from my mother India! Love, respect, dignity, faith, loyalty, and trust is that which keeps anyone growing! If each of us realize this, mother India can prosper even better! And that’s why we are here!
India – land of abundance, wisdom, divinity, glory, and growth. A country with a strong economy, having had produced and continuing to produce educated, humane, and contributing people towards welfare of the world, `a country which is fighting against uprooting few weeds, a country that is secular, that allows anyone and everyone in the world to prosper and grow – pure bliss!
From Ayurveda( – only system that gets to identify the root cause) to invention of zero to vedas to architecture marvels to intellectual inventions to scientific achievements to spiritual dominance to nobel laureates to name anything, any field, any sector, we’ve our imprints on it! Well, what else could one ask for? Stand up and take this country forward in the right direction. Our ancestors should feel proud and safe for leaving our mother India in our very own hands. Lets live up to their trust and then pave way for next gen to live up to our trust! That said, You and I are blessed to be here. This is a holy, spiritual, divine, rich, nature abound, blessed land. Realize that as early as possible and start giving to your nation. Enough received, isn’t?
Well, knowing this very fact, celebrating this very reason, should give us enough pride to hold our heads high and do more and more towards our nation and world welfare. You know what? People came looking for wealth in India. We were that rich. A country, that was once taken over, a country that won in style, a country where ahimsa won, a country that have had many revolutions, a country that is abound with natural resources, a country that is spiritually rich, a country that has world’s best unique culture, a country where humanity prevails and wins over everything else, well, what else can one ask for? If we keep seeing lack, only lack will continue to grow (Sri Sri), but if we continue to keep seeing abundance, appreciate, and encourage organic growth, lack automatically gets removed. It’s like “If the door has to open, we’ve to knock it, in first place”.
This is one life. One time. You and I never know if we get to live this life one more time. So, make the best possible use and become a better version of yourself, for face is the index of mind, and we, citizens, are the representatives of our mother country. Feel that ownership, take responsibility, get up, and keep moving in the right direction. You know what, as the saying goes,
“ If all that you can do is crawl, keep crawling –(Rumi)”
India – My mother – more than a country, India (she) is a feeling. You and I are blessed to be born in this stupendously rich, abundant, cultural, and hospitable country. You and I are blessed for we only see the humanity in human beings. We don’t know caste, creed, religion, etc., for our mother is secular and so are we. Blessed, we are.. Isn’t?
When I say rich, I refer to the richness we’ve in terms of culture, virtues, values, love, affection, caring, sharing, loyalty, humaneness, intelligence, wealth, nature bound, and well, this list goes on and on and on. Well, richness again is a feeling. And of course, if anyone measures richness only with GDP, profits, etc., we’re still rich. My India is like a diamond – a diamond that had and is handling every single issue exceptionally well. Needless to say, it is we, the citizens of mother India, who make our country proud. She is pure, she is rich, she is caring, she is love, and she has bestowed you with abundance. You and I have the very responsibility to stand up, feel grateful for all that she had blessed us with, and do all that we can do to make her feel proud, for having us as her children. So, here as a citizen, standing up, tall and proud, sending a strong message to all my fellow citizens (from a child to the senior most person) that it is high time, we realize the richness and the abundance we’re bestowed with, take every single constructive step to make this country a much better place for ourselves and for immigrants. You and I are making it rich! When I write this statement “You and I are making our mother India rich and proud – I tell you, there is oodles of energy and life force flowing in me, I tell you, such elated am I to have gotten this opportunity to motivate my fellow citizens. YOU are important. YOU are going to be the change that you want to see. If you can do what you to see, do it. And your act will itself trigger a chain of such good things.
To all parents and teachers,
Teach your children virtues. Instill virtues. They will then pick it up. Integrity matters. If you instill integrity, such a child, when getting into a powerful responsible position, will do right things. Instill them a mentality to serve others. Do not compare them with others. Each child is unique on its own. Identify their potential and help them grow. Parents and teachers play a pivotal role in helping children becoming responsible citizen towards a nation. Do not evaluate your child based on score. Appreciate your child when you see them doing innovative things. Help them be on their own. Let them take decisions, and let them fail, let them learn, and make sure to monitor if they don’t repeat their mistakes, rather learn and become a better child.
Teachers again, hands down, for all your wonderful contributions. It is you who is single handedly building the pillars of our nation. You are awesome and you are selfless, for you have contributed your life towards the betterment of our educational system, and towards the betterment of our own children. Way to go! Please innovate in your teaching methods. Abdul Kalam is the finest example of what a teacher could do towards our country growth. He had inspired many students, he had contributed towards important scientific projects, he had contributed towards the nation by assuming presidential role, and had been role model cum motivator for many people around. His vision of India becoming a super power by 2020, wow, that’s what a teacher can do towards our nation. Instill those dreams, infuse them into young blood, and help India become the best in all sectors.
To all my fellow students,
History, geography, civics, economics – well, most of us think these are boring subjects, and try to memorize for time being, and get it off. Now, see it this way. We are born in this country. Isn’t it our responsibility to know our history? A kid requires a mom to show who their father is, a kid is super curious to know their past, people, their gain, pain, everything. And we don’t forget such things as those are things that makes our life rich. So are these subjects. Getting to know about our mother country, in depth and breadth, give us a fair advantage, to understand her richness, to represent her, and for future proposals. Patriotism is a feeling .All of us patriotic. Even if you deny, it’s true. We’re patriotic, and that immense love that flow through our eyes and that shines in face, is patriotism. So, first, we respecting our mother country, is all the more important.
Trust me, invest your energy and resources here. You are brilliant, you just have to believe in your mother, and make sure you contribute by investing your ideas and help other fellow citizens grow.
To all my fellow women (stay-at-home and/or working)
Women – As the saying goes, if a man is educated, he is educated, but if a women is educated, whole family is educated. Women are not a less privileged section of the society. Aren’t we proud of Kalpana, who breathed her last, while on a space mission? Well, it is a big loss to our scientific world, yet, she took that courageous step to explore and innovate in that space. Every women has her own potential. She is by nature, a great leader, a great manager, a great communicator, a great listener, and most importantly, she is compassionate, by nature. She is caring, responsible, accommodating, and this list goes on and on and on.. My very own mother, has done way lot, has contributed way too much towards our family. She has sacrificed her own wishes to bring her kids up and to help my father concentrate on his job. To all young women out there, get up, wake up, and shake up. I see you all as budding entrepreneurs. I tell you, Sky is the limit. All the limits and boundaries you’ve, are enforced on you. As long as you know your limits, nothing can stop you from growing. This country is way too good and leverage the best possible to prove your worth. Do everything that you could do towards your mother. And I tell you, the satisfaction you derive out of this contribution is going to be immense. Simply you will not find words to express this feeling.
To all men
Men – you’re the pillars of this society. You’ve additional responsibility in terms of protecting your women and everyone you come across in this society. You’ve to spice up and see women as how you would see your mother. You’ve to protect your friends, kids, sisters, neighbors, and other fellow men. Try influence people who don’t see others in this mode. I tell you again, this is one life, there is no point in wasting it towards things that gets you momentary happiness. Do things that light up your soul, be brave, and speak loud, and be clear. Men in my life, my father, my brother, my uncle – all of them had given me enough freedom to think and act. All of them have had always encouraged me to give my best in all facets of life. All of them had always helped me grow and sustain. None of them have had ever suppressed me stating that I’m a girl, I can only do this and that, etc. They know that I know my limits. They trust me and I trust them. It is this mutual trust and respect that has helped me grow and reach this point. There were many times when my brother have had to do household work to let me spend those 5-10 minutes in revising for my tests. Such blessed I’m..And so is every woman out there.. even if you do not have people support you, do not get upset, keep doing, keep moving, and make your best efforts to make them understand what your priorities are in life. At some time, they will be with you. That’s end of story. So many women had assumed primary positions and have had delivered extremely well. So many men have had delivered so well in their responsibilities, for they have had someone take care of their personal side of things. So, its all give and take here. Contribute and take.. Take and contribute.. Make sure there is mutual understanding and growth. That’s important in life. IF there is mutual growth at family level, nation will grow on its own.
To all politicians out there,
Anyone and everyone, who has the heart to server public, especially needy sections of the society, I wish these people should assume powerful responsibilities. They should naturally have the inclination towards serving society. Corruption should be the first thing that they would try and uproot from this society. Given all the efforts from Indian government from cleanliness to improving our economy, its natural for India to become a super power in the near future. Go with the intent to serve, and money is not that which matters.
To all celebrities out there,
Let your charm positively affect your followers. Please help spread positive messages, and help motivate our people give their best. I’m sure your voice will be heard and its quite easy to do things when it comes from our favorite person.
To every citizen out there,
Exercise your right to vote! We’re a democratic nation. It is by us, for us, and of us. Make sure your voice is heard in terms of who you would want to bet on. Whoever assumes responsibilities, make sure, you get a chance in that big decision.
I would like to highlight few efforts we have in place to project the latest and greatest developments we have had:
Digital First India:
Demonetization has caused lot of people to move towards digital payments. As much as it had opened up innovation in fin tech space, so much benefits are coming with it for general public. We don’t have to worry about duplicate currency, now black money will have to significantly decline. Imagine a point where we have completely moved towards digital currency that would be the end of black money era. Especially with technologies like block chain, it’s going to become highly impossible for anyone to give black money or corrupt anyone else or influence them or bias them to get their done. Period. It’s going to go away and we should celebrate it as a nation. Come on, folks! That’s a glorious achievement for a country like India, and it would help us explore avenues that would put us right there in the super power spot.
Digitizing land registrations is phenomenal. With this move, it is going to be literally impossible for anyone to forge in real-estate business. With every single transaction, land registration, EC, and other details getting into digital system, we’re moving towards a more stable and unbreakable, foolproof system that would help bolster realizing our 2020 mission.
Goods and Services Tax:
16 other taxes were replaced with a single tax and more than 1 million businesses were registered. Now, they all are reaping benefits. Eventually, with this tax, selling price will come down, this would help consumers , producers, manufacturers, buyers, and/or re-sellers.
Aadhar (16 bit biometric number):
Broken 1 billion user record( source: Harvard business review). First of a kind public sector effort to issue unique identification number, and now linking other services with aadhar is opening up space
Startup India encourages people to develop their own startup companies. Indian government have had already invested lot of funds and are helping individual entrepreneurs encourage use ‘Startup India’ program. It’s a wonderful initiatitive on government’s behalf, and very recently, count of startups registered under this program had significantly improved. I take this opportunity to invite all budding startup enthusiasts to leverage this opportunity and encourage ‘Startup India’ culture.
Make in India:
Another wonderful strategy to help foster Indian products.
We’ve a huge, educated economic market here in our country. We all can make educated decisions and know what to do and what not. Majority of the MNC’s are seeing this
Ecological footprint (Pollution):
Be aware of how much ecological footprint we’re leaving on this planet. This is not just about our country. I’m talking about mother earth here. For every single thing you, the footprint that you leave, the rate at which Mother Nature replenish its resources, this has to go hand in hand but that’s the not case right now. Every person consumes a greater portion of natural resources, we’re depleting it at such a fast pace that mother nature is finding it hard to replenish it. Breathe, and give space for mother nature, as well, to breathe. Think about it, my fellow people. And just imagine, if mother nature explodes or vents her frustration, in the form of volcanoes, or tsunamis, or floods, we cannot handle her frustration, at the same time, it is we (knowingly or unknowingly), responsible towards causing this imbalance. It is who are intruding rivers and building apartments. It is we who are destroying habitats of many animals and make them go wild.
Clean India is a great initiative from Indian government to help preserve cleanliness in our dear country. Cleanliness is next to godliness. As much important it is to be divine, so much important it is to thrive in a hygienic environment. Increased population has led to a sizeable increase in vehicle usage, and hence pollution. It’s the responsibility of every single person to make sure their vehicles are maintained such that they’re not emanating harmful pollutants affecting atmosphere and fellow human beings. Also, every single manufacturer should design eco-friendly vehicles. Surge of electric and eco-friendly vehicles could help preserve us and future generations from pollution. Many Indians who are residing at foreign countries are quoting pollution as one primary reason as to why they would not make the move to come back to their mother country and help contribute towards her development. I would not mistake them but would like to include them in this movement to help India become a pollution free country, as the saying goes, “be the change that you want to see J”
Practicality is important. We have to change this a bit to help students shine. Each one’s potential should be identified and fostered.
Sports ( catch them young):
Identify young natural talents and help them give their best. This will bring us global reputation.
Brain Drain (talents moving away to foreign nations):
We should give all freedom and resources to help talents research here. This is one area where we need to really improvise on. Most of the talents are in lookout for opportunities outside for we don’t give them enough freedom to explore here. Attending this would help us go places.
All that said, I would urge all fellow Indians to arise, awake, and fear not! It is our nation. It is our responsibility to keep this haven a haven. We’re blessed, better utilize all that you have and help everyone realize this very fact. Just do good and be good! And that’s pretty much! Jai Hind!!