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INDIA EMPOWERED TO ME IS
Saying no to blame culture, yes to courage & change
SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR, SPIRITUAL TEACHER
Posted online: Sunday, September 18, 2005 at 0142
me, India is empowered when at least 80 per cent of its people are
empowered. As most of India's population live in rural areas, just
a few urbanites being empowered will be unfortunate for this country.
India will be truly empowered when people at the grassroots start
feeling confident about themselves, their way of life, their tradition
and their language.
A Frenchman is proud of being French or speaking French, but here
in India for a Kannadiga, Telugu, Maharashtrian or Tamilian, pride
depends on how well versed he or she is in English or any other
foreign language. Their pride is in eating pizzas, owning branded
jeans and shoes, and the foreign trips they make.
There is nothing wrong in adopting good things from other cultures.
The problem is, creativity and entrepreneurship dies out completely
when you don't take pride in your own culture and lose self-esteem.
most effective yardstick of empowerment is the willingness of people
to take responsibility. We need to move away from the blame culture.
Instead of blaming the elected government, religious leaders, police
and even the weather, people need to take responsibility for creating
not just a prosperous but a happy society as well.
societies in the world are prosperous, but they are miserable to
the core. To me, India empowered means a crime-free, humane society.
A renewed focus on the core areas of strength will make India realise
its true potential.
has the best of tourism which needs to be exploited. India has one
of the best scientific minds, most of which is youth power. The
ancient Indian knowledge of yoga is a rage all over the world. From
Kashmir to Kanyakumari, India is bestowed with a rich lore of spiritual
literature and philosophy. Ayurveda has the potential to make India
a leader in holistic healthcare.
should be proud of its diverse cuisine, dance and music, rich textiles,
embroidery, jewellery and embellishments, which have been widely
appreciated all over the world. As the proverbial saying goes, India
is sitting on a huge pile of wealth, not knowing its worth.
real empowerment will happen when people of India realise that they
have the power to change.
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