http://sify.com/news/diary-my-advice-to-arrogant-young-indians-news-national-kiqtfehaech.html I am middle-aged and old enough to be the father of the young arrogant Indian. I am sensible because of the hard knocks of life and still grateful to the generation before me - of Mahatma Gandhi and leaders who fought for our freedom. But that is not the reason, I am writing this. I am writing this to share a lesson taught to me by an uncle of mine who was 103 years old when he passed away two years ago. A school teacher who did not venture too far from his village often, my uncle had participated in the freedom movement along with Mahatma Gandhi. Just a few years ago, when the arrogant youngster who wrote the piece I was referring to was a teenager (We have a teenage son as well), I had visited my uncle who had crossed 100 years of age then. He told me about the rise and the fall of superpowers that he had seen during his lifetime. When he was a boy, he heard on the radio that the Ottoman Turks, who were a superpower and had ruled the entire Arabian world and almost half of Europe for more than 200 years, had fallen to the British. That was in the first decade of the past century. Next, he experienced the unquestionable power of "Britannia ruling the waves", until World War II and the colonial rule of India, which he fought against. Along the way, he heard about the rise & fall of Hitler, Mussolini & the conquest of China & Korea by the Japanese. He heard about World War II and the incalculable loss to lives & property around the world, which culminated in the dropping of the two atomic bombs on Hiroshima & Nagasaki. Please note, Mr Arrogant Young Indian, this is all because of arrogance and there is more to comeâ€¦. The arrogant "Great Britain" was finished as a superpower after World War II. During the 30-odd years between World War I and World War II, a man with a walking stick, with his idea of non-violence and non-co-operation, brought the mighty British Empire down to its knees. He was clever enough to know that Britain still had enough firepower left to annihilate 300 million Indians, if they ever revolted violently. Instead he hit them hard, where it mattered most: Their economic dependence on India to be a world power! They could take away our minerals, cotton and raw materials by force and manufacture textiles and steel in Britain. But they could not sell it back to us forcibly, if we refused to wear those clothes and use that steel. That is why he led by example by spinning cotton. He asked every Indian to do the same, to reduce their dependence on imports, burn their own imported clothes and refuse to purchase it. He always said "India lived in its villages" and that was for a reason. He knew very well that Indians were not allowed to build their own industries and hence did not need steel. In small houses in villages, steel is not used at all even today. If 300 million Indians did not use steel and textiles from Britain, then British textiles & British steel could not function. Hence the British realised soon that they were only spending their own money in India & spending money in the UK, to keep the British workers employed in the British industries and there was no market for their goods in India, any more. The British were going bankrupt by the hour. That is the real power of real great ideas, which changed the world forever, Mr Arrogant Young Indian! You are arrogant today because of the two generations preceding you, who sacrificed their tomorrows for your today & tomorrows! Those who forget the lessons of history are condemned to repeat it. My uncle next saw two great superpowers rising after World War II (USA & USSR). Out of the two, one collapsed during his lifetime. He saw Japan and Germany rising from the ashes to become world economic powerhouses, during the 1970s, 1980s & 1990s and he saw â€œGreat Britainâ€ going down economically after World War II, in spite of winning the war. He saw the rise of the Gulf countries (Saudi Arabia, Dubai & Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Qatar, etc.) and the oil economy. He saw an entire generation of Indians, going to the Gulf countries and saw then making four times as their parents did â€“ just like you earn more than your parents ever did. But my uncle also saw an entire generation of Indians investing in India the hard currency which they had earned in the Gulf countries, when the western countries did not even believe in us. In fact, they still do. These are mostly poor uneducated Indians, from the villages & small towns of India. I think you are very well aware of what happened to Dubai in these past two years. Perhaps they strayed away from the flock, a bit too far like you, thinking they are young, arrogant & resourceful. Abu Dhabi with more wealth in its coffers was more pragmatic. Lastly, I do not even have to tell you about the emerging economic superpower of the 21st century (China) and the dependence of the existing superpower (USA) on them for investments in treasury bonds, worth trillions of dollars. Every world leader is sucking up to them! Needless to say, my uncle had seen & heard about China, when he passed away. My uncle saw five superpowers rise and fall in one lifetime! His greatest achievement in his lifetime was how he instilled great values in the hundreds & thousands of school children whom he taught during his lifetime. When I visited him during his 100th birthday and asked him why this world is so much at war, even after everyone has everything they need, he told me that he was just a retired schoolteacher and had no clue. Yet, during a small walk along the farm that day, he provided me the answer that I shall never forget. He pointed out to a young bull and its mother which were tied to a tree beside a rock. The cow was grazing quietly but the young bull was restless and was trying the strength of its new horns by banging against the rock. My uncle looked at the restless animal and said: "Every young bull of every generation thinks it is the strongest and the smartest in the world. The cow had done it before and did not even bother to stop the young bull, knowing very well, that the young bull will stop when it is tired or when it hurts itself." That is exactly how every new generation is! Every generation has the arrogance and every new superpower has the arrogance of affluence, based on the knowledge and the hard work of the previous generations. It is up to you, how you use your horns today! You can use your strength wisely and benefit from it, or use it like the young bull & hurt yourself! We, the members of the previous generation, wish you all success in whatever you do! Good luck in all your endeavors! Susheel Krishna Kaup, who helps poor children fund their education through various trusts, says he has personally met freedom fighers at Gowalia Tank, Mumbai, where Mahatma Gandhi started his Quit India movement in 1942. "When I asked them if they felt they had lost their youth in the freedom struggle, they unanimously replied that they would gladly sacrifice their youth, all over again if they could. After reading the diary of the arrogant young Indian, I just wondered," Was all the sacrifice in vain, or is he just an aberration! Hopefully, it is the latter!"