I have been living in this country for 24 years.
The world has changed, so has my country.
Economics. Politics. Technology.
Everything is so dynamically changing that it’s hard to keep a track of it.
As we all know, India’s growth has been steady.
Still, issues like population explosion, social exploitation, discrimination and gender insensitivity have been an issue.
We all hear about all the schemes that government has launched from Swacch Bharat to Digital India to Make in India.
But, at the ground level.
They don’t seem to be far-reaching and to the point.
There must be a solution?
Well, there is.
But, do we know what’s the problem in real.
What you call a person who looks for happiness in external objects.
To be honest, Bhagavad Gita calls him to be a fool.
So, how about a person who looks for problems in the society, but forgets that he is the problem.
India is blessed with everything.
Britishers did a lot of damage.
But, all isn’t that bad, After all.
We have a good location in the world having a peninsula, having few strategic islands (Andaman & Nicobar) and also a favourable climate.
Most important we have a great demographic dividend.
And, also a stable economy.
Even having all this.
Some issues certainly plague our country.
Why does that happen?
Why even having so sound and good policies we are not able to help ourselves?
Is the government missing something?
If today we look at our schemes, policies and institutions.
There’s one thing in common and that’s people.
We have people in them.
Without people policies, institution or schemes are powerless.
What drives people?
Emotions, Thoughts, Habits, Desires.
So, if you’re making a policy don’t you think you should add how people would react or how people would use it.
As we all know that, in policies or institutional setup, Finances, administration, location everything is dealt with precision.
But, what about people who are going to use them.
Will they use it or not?
Will their habits change or not?
Will that policy changes people so that they apply positive habits.
A few days back.
I was watching a movie and in beginning, there was an advertisement of government it talked about giving some money to poor women who are pregnant
So, I want to ask you a question?
Will you find poor women in a multiplex?
And that too watching an English Movie.
That’s gross misuse of public money.
Awareness should be created at places where it’s needed.
That’s just a miniscule part.
Water issues. Corruption. Floods. Pollution.
These are major issues.
These issues can’t be implemented properly.
Until and Unless they don’t people.
If you don’t know how you’re people are going to react.
If you don’t know what are their stereotypes.
If you don’t know their habits.
Then. I’m really sorry those policies will look good only on paper.
I will take a few examples.
I generally indulge in random conversations when I’m travelling.
And, in Delhi.
You can talk to people from different backgrounds and cultures with different professions.
Once I sat in a cycle rickshaw.
So I asked the rickshaw puller, asked him why he’s taking a wrong way on road?
He said that the next cut to the road is five kilometres ahead.
Thinking who’s fault is that.
So, these days Open Mobility is a real issue that’s going on.
Government is building a lot of Skywalks.
Recently a made near Supreme Court, it’s Beautifully lit up and world class.
With modern facilities like Escalators and Elevators.
Today I saw a BBC video on it.
They asked one person why he’s crossing the road when there’s a skywalk.
He said that skywalk is designed in a way that it takes him too much Time.
Im not saying that it’s not made with proper guidelines or thought.
But, why you don’t you hear people’s opinion, yourself?
Moreover, the issue of open defecation is also an issue.
So, one day.
One of my friends, why he was urinating in an open field.
I asked why don’t you control a Toilet comes by.
He said that there’s no urinal in 5km radius and he can’t control till that time.
Well, do then. (Maybe he’s right)
There are people who want to use the toilets.
But, where are the toilets?
I won’t blame the present government for this because they’re making a lot of them and it’s in their agenda to remove this menace.
But, I would certainly blame them for.
Having too many schemes.
If you see newspapers.
There are so many schemes that are launched that I guarantee you would need a 300-page notebook to note all of them.
Innovation is yes good.
But, indiscriminate innovation leads to nothing.
The approach of Improving older schemes and innovating subparts of it is the right thing.
Just because no ones is perfect.
No scheme would be perfect.
If constant improvement of those policies is done coupled with innovation then that’s good.
So if you fail one day in an exam, will it mean that you will change the course you are enrolled in?
Like you failed in a Commerce subject, so will you take Science subject the next day.
You would improve.
And, analyze your mistakes and shortcomings, moreover also innovate in areas where innovation is necessary.
Now here we come to stereotypes and materialistic life.
I always said Indian philosophy and psychology it has its best in the world.
All knowledge is there you don’t have to search anywhere.
But, the opposite is happening.
We’re trying to emulate the Western Countries.
Western countries are trying to emulate our psychology.
You can see yourself.
All these are so loved by them.
But instead of learning from the mistakes that the Western countries regarding Materialistic ideas our country is doing the same.
Why don’t we learn from their mistakes?
Instead, we want to commit a mistake and then learn.
It will waste so much of time. (Decades)
This was regarding materialism.
Then there’s stereotypes and attitudes.
Jumping Traffic light.
Rapes and Molestation.
Importance to Survival rather than happiness.
Well, there are too many.
Law Breaking and Traffic light jumping are most common.
Yes, we do have police officials and a system of fines.
But, what if no one’s watching.
You’ll certainly see people breaking rules.
Because they care for rules only if there are police officials.
Why don’t we instil that law-abiding behaviour as a result of a person’s thinking rather than his fear?
How do you do that?
Well, education and awareness.
Teaching them from the beginning.
Just see how the Japanese are doing it.
Change their behaviour by making them appreciate the fact that they did right by not jumping red light or following rules.
Make them understand why rules are there and how useful they are.
People are not dumb.
But, there should be a will from the government on such areas of concern.
Then there’s come too much importance to Survival rather than happiness.
People are too concerned about earning a bread rather than happiness.
Yes. I too agree with that.
Survival is necessary.
Food, Housing is necessary.
But, Im not talking about basic necessities.
I’m talking about Ego Survival.
People don’t leave jobs they hate just because they believe that they won’t be able to do well in things they love.
Parents are overly attached to their children and indeed influence each and every decision for their children.
That’s where all problem starts.
Everything gets spoilt.
Just because they don’t know what they’re the child is good at.
They just want to see what the society is doing and what will get job and spouse for their child as soon as possible.
I think DNA that of Early Man’s survival instinct is still embedded in us till now.
Government and Policymakers can do their bit.
If you make aware of the Indian athletes, actors or people who did well in their respective fields.
Certainly, their attitudes will change.
In, India engineering and medical are seen as the only courses which can derive economic benefits.
But, they miss something.
They don’t know that each and every talent itself can be an economically prosperous vocation.
Just see, Cristiano Ronaldo. Roger Federer.
How much they earn from just playing.
Then there are Sponsors and Advertisements and what not.
A vision is necessary.
Maybe I can’t dictate anything to anyone.
But, yes Government of India should start taking Psychology seriously.
Even setting up a psychology department and integrating with other ministries and then advising them on how to make schemes and policies.
This would be a great step.
Who am I?
That’s a decision they have to think and take.
If they have to Make India what she really was in ancient times and also save her from present challenges.
Then Psychology would be her Messiah and saviour at the same time.