I think 99.99% of the Indians do not have even 1% of patriotism left in them. When we talk about our own country, we’ve already given our hopes. When I see people casually discussing politics and country – the tone is very obvious – “Nothing Good Will Ever Happen”. Of course, nothing good will ever happen unless there’s a bunch of people who make the things happen. At present, our hopes are with the likes of Anna Hajare, Baba Ramdev & Subramanian Swami. But our ‘intellectuals’ (like you, your friends & colleagues) have their own idiotic theories of how Anna Hajare is ‘doing it for fame & money’, how Baba Ramdev ‘wants publicity’ & how Subramanian Swami will never achieve anything.
When I traveled to Malaysia; I could see how people felt for their own small country. During my recent trip to Israel, I could experience their patriotism and the passion with which they speak for their own country. But I’m yet to see that here in India. When we talk about India, we just talk like hopeless idiots. Why? Because Patriotism is *never* taught.
Can Patriotism Be Taught?
Yes, and it should be the ‘core’ of studies in school. When I learned history in school, our teacher would tell us how handful of British people ruled most of the world. How they took control of India and I’d just not get it. The question I never asked my teachers was “Why didn’t the Indians just kick their butts and make them quit?” Now I understand that the British rulers controlled Indians with the police force they built with Indians! That means, they’d first make Indians their slaves by offering them jobs and money and ask them to take actions against Indians! Holy Crap!
The education never teaches us to take pride in our own systems & developments. I don’t remember I studied about any Indian invention when I was in school. The ‘feeling’ that the school created was “The westerners invented everything and Indians now use it”. No one taught me that the concept of atoms and molecules existed in India centuries before Rutherford was even born or surgery was first invented in India. No one taught me that Indians could develop the high-quality steel when the world didn’t even know what steel is.
The problem is that India hasn’t adopted its own education system. We still use the system MacCaulay proposed to break the backbone of all the developments in India – the language. Something very interesting can be found HERE. If you do not have time to read, here’s an interesting quote (2nd February 1835, by Lord MacCaulay) –
We must at present do our best to form a class who may be interpreters between us and the millions whom we govern; a class of persons, Indian in blood and colour, but English in taste, in opinions, in morals, and in intellect. To that class we may leave it to refine the vernacular dialects of the country, to enrich those dialects with terms of science borrowed from the Western nomenclature, and to render them by degrees fit vehicles for conveying knowledge to the great mass of the population.
Damage Has Been Done. What To Do Now?
…and I hope you will agree that MacCaulay’s plan has been successful. We’ve a large bunch of people who’ve Indian skin but a British Brain & Heart. I feel bad that even I’ve been influenced and it’s not easy to change. But there’s a solution to reverse everything and be the change we want to see. Here are my ideas –
1. Build Parallel Educational Institutions: I’m planning to build a parallel ‘Gurukul’ style education system which will not adhere to the ‘Convent’ style education system. It will accept candidates who can’t get into school and educate them with Indian values, culture and thoughts. They will study everything from basic math to metallurgy & modern science by the age of 16 and equipped with the right knowledge and tools to survive in the modern world. I bet this system would be 100x better than the current one which produces clerks like us. I think this is very doable and people with good intentions, patriotism & ‘power’ can do it. How? I’ve suggestion #2 –
2. Bring Intelligent & Good People In Business: People who feel for the country, believe in Indian values should be in business. It’s the need of the hour. A successful business equips us with power, money & control – which can be put to good use. If you are the one who thinks you should do more in your lifetime; plan for and start your own business in the next 3-6 months. Grow in business; generate wealth for people and yourself. Then you will have power & money to bring the change you want to see. It’s going to make your life more meaningful.
3. Educate others: Do what the education has failed to do. Educate others. Rajiv Dixit’s Lectures are available on YouTube. Could be a GREAT starting point.