Friday, 28 August 2015

“Do Indians See the Glass as Half-Empty?” ―Professor M.S.Rao

“Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A "you can do it" when things are tough.” ―Richard M. DeVos

There is a perception that Indians constantly look for leaders to inspire them. Although it is a known fact that everyone needs someone to inspire them, it is more so in the case of Indians.  We Indians often look at leaders like Swami Vivekananda and A.PJ. Abdul Kalam for inspiration.  We want always someone to inspire us. We don’t get inspired by ourselves. Additionally, there is a perception that we Indians are cynical. We see the glass as half-empty, not as half-full. We enjoying listening negative things and talking negative things.  Last week, when the Chinese share market tumbled, Indian share market survived the onslaught. Indian economy is very strong and robust. Gone are the days when America catches cold the entire world sneezes. Entire world might sneeze, but India will not sneeze. We have strong economy which is a blend of both private and public sector. Although Indian democracy is not successful it survived many years despite several challenges. We have checks and balances that keep things moving forward successfully.

Indians have a unique mindset in the world. We Indians fight in the name of region, religion, caste, community and language which are often instigated by parochial politicians but we are still connected one emotionally. That is the beauty of India! That is the greatness of India!  We Indians are highly emotional people in the world. Conflicts arise at the drop of a hat but we forgive and forget. Forgiveness is the hallmark of Indians.  

We Indians must look at the positive side of life. We must focus on constructive activities, not destructive activities. Indian media highlights more of negative stories on the front pages, not the positive stories about India due to cutthroat competition. Indian media must play a crucial and constructive role to highlight both positive and negative stories to enable the people to enjoy the positive stories and address the negative stories to redress them.

There are many Indians doing well globally bringing laurels to our country. For instance, Indra Nooyi of PepsiCo, Sathya Nadella of Microsoft and Sunder Pichai of Google have made Indians proud globally. Why don’t Indians at home do well? It seems something is wrong somewhere.  We must set our house in order domestically. We must get out of our cynicism. We must look at the door that is opened, not the closed one. We must dream big and continue inspire ourselves to grow big globally. Jai Hind!

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” ―Helen Keller

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