Diary: My advice to 'arrogant' young Indians

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  1. ejazr

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    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 come….

    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 “Great Britain” 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 – 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!"
     
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    For completeness, this is what the "young arrogant Indian" wrote to which the advice was given

    Diary: 'I'm young, arrogant and Indian'

    Now that Youth Day is here, once again the time comes to be told how great it is to be a youth (in the 15-25 age bracket) in India.

    But this year, I thought I would do something radical. I will not tell you what you could or should be doing. Instead let me share with you what I, a middle-class, 23-year-old urban youth working with an international company in a major Indian city, think of myself.

    There are plenty of ‘me’ in this country and considering the contribution by ‘my’ kind to the GDP, I think what I think is food for thought.

    I was 13 when the new millennium began, and as I remember, we were heralded as the phoenix that would bring a new India out of it own ashes. Ten years later, I take a quick look at my own report card. All things considered, I think I get 66%.

    I am arrogant, completely devoid of unnecessary obligations, free in my love, smug in my sense of how modern/liberal I am, strangely reluctant to let go of religion, confident in my abilities to reach any goal I choose, uncaring about anything that doesn’t affect me directly, still following politicians my grandfather’s age, easily roused to anger, don’t believe in government interference and have a good job in an air-conditioned office that is making me richer than my dad.

    The list under “Things you have done to 'change the world'” is rather small. In fact, personally, managing to pay my postpaid cell phone bill before the due date can be classified as a major social achievement.

    Let’s face the truth. The wings I soar upon were not made by me. My English-medium school, B.A Degree, Internet, 32-inch flat screen TV, microwave, washing machine, daily newspapers, jeans, pens, fruits and a million different material things, along with most of my outlook on life, were given to me by my parents.

    I don’t think I have flown above the past; I think I was pulled onto the top of a high tower, strapped to glider and shoved off. Gliding higher up was more or less involuntary.

    Among social and work-related circles, a disdain for the past has become rather fashionable. No one wants to know about the License Raj, about the struggles for freedom or even about the Emergency.

    Talk about Mahatma Gandhi and I am generally met with scorn along the lines of " oh who him? It’s just a picture on a wall! He didn't do ALL that much you know". This comes from the same class of people who can't seem to stop anyone from even jaywalking.

    But such is the way. The past is not so important to me. I prefer the unseen future which I will be making myself.

    But there are other things of which I am proud. I am a somewhat moral and reasonably law-abiding citizen who speaks four languages, pays my taxes, has a steady job and am not quite as ready as my forefathers to urinate on every vertical surface I find. I am devoid of any ideals of not letting the evil capitalists win. What I really want to know is how I can steal their jobs faster and when that shopping mall will open, since I got my salary yesterday.

    I am sure that my opinion counts and if anyone tells me that it doesn’t they better be ready to fight me. The world is a place that needs to be taken over and I believe I know how to do it.

    And if anyone looks at me and sneers "Indian" you can be damn sure that I will sneer back with the words "and what miserable little shack to you come from? What’s that? 3% yearly growths...are you serious? Didn’t you lose your job to me last year? Unemployed are you? That’s right. Keep walking!"

    As a young man, I may not have done much. I may not even be much to look at, maybe too many pizzas and Coca-Cola have made me ‘healthy’. But I know that I have done enough to ensure that I am on a path that will allow me to do anything.

    I am not a ‘somebody’, but I could become ‘anybody’. I am confident about tomorrow knowing that.
     
  4. Rebelkid

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    Excellent Article... :emot112:
     
  5. thakur_ritesh

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    may i say the response to that article was spot on!

    times have changed, generations have gone by, what was seen as being arrogant yesterday is viewed as being confident today, what is seen as being arrogant today will be seen as being confident tomorrow by the next generations to come, Mr Susheel Krishna Kaup forgot pointing out the law of nature which tells me the only constant in life is change.

    every thing has a life in which it evolves, and it is good we have raging bulls for if we did not have them and if it were to be the cows all over india wouldnt have been india any more, some of it would have been pakistan kashmir included, the other china, some khalisthan, and much more, it is good we have the cows and not all bulls because that brings about the humbleness that this country is known for.

    it is because of these bulls that we are seeing the 9% growth rate figures, it was preciously these same bulls of yesteryears who happened to be the bhagat shingh's and the netaji's who didnt have the patience and may be because of them that a 15th august 1947 happened a lot earlier than it would have otherwise happened.

    as i said, everything has a life, similarly every nation sees its ups and downs, yesterday india was down and beaten, today it is rising and confident, tomorrow it would have risen and possibly arrogant in the truer sense of word, and day after someone else will take our place to humble us again, but that does not mean we stop living that dream, but what it really means is we work harder for that dream to be achieved, which is what our raging bulls are doing, so let them do it and live their dream because it wont last for ever!
     
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    Thank you ejazr for posting this. We all need reminding every now and then. :happy_8:
     
  7. Energon

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    I'm with 'young arrogant Indian' (YAI) on this one. First, let's establish the fact that his moniker is a bit of a misappropriation. As a human being he is clearly more confident than he is arrogant. For if he weren't, he would not credit his parents for facilitating the ascent to the standard he currently enjoys, nor would he be candid about not having achieved anything substantial in life thus far.

    His "arrogance" comes in the form of his eagerness to jettison his socio- historical baggage, a fierce sense of individuality, desire for material wealth and disdain for the sordid past. Admittedly all these things are blasphemous as far as the what the Indian society of yesterday believes in thereby creating the faux sense of "arrogance".

    I for one support his decisions. Human experience thus far of success and failure indicates that he is on the right path. Societies promoting individualism and free thought do acquire a better standard of living than their overly regimented communal counterparts. Entrepreneurship, materialism and an active interest in the future does in fact usher in more prosperity and human development than stoic spiritualism, obsession with the (revised) past, or state enforced "socialism".

    Unfortunately the noble Mr. Kaup (SKK) falls into the classic trap of reiterating a long historical narrative as a rebuttal without presenting any actual counter arguments. Perhaps he hopes that the stories will emit this aura of humility and wisdom and provide enlightenment. While one can appreciate the good intention, the sagely tone and the charming reference to the 103 year old grandfather it, is hard not to notice that his response has no relevance to the matter at hand. Information the dear departed centenarian grandfather accumulated over a 100 years of radio listening can now be obtained by the YAI in less than 5 seconds (because of the search algorithm programs he writes for a living). The assumption is that the YAI is unaware of history, which is false. Being indifferent to historical baggage is not synonymous with ignorance. The 23 year old clearly knows what he chooses to reject. Not doing so would make him an idiot, which he's not. For unlike the YAI, idiots don't get too far in life when thinking for themselves.

    Lastly, historical recitals are pointless if they aren't completely objective. Most people, especially literate Indians are aware of the superhuman struggle of independence by great men like Mahatma Gandhi. Primarily because this information was drilled into them at home and school and through relentless unsolicited recitals. But what they weren't taught was that Gandhi's glorification of the village and the aftereffects of his legacy upon the cotton/textile industry of India was disastrous. As were Nehru's ideals of state sponsored growth, or the seeds of violent nationalism sown into the social fabric by some of their contemporaries. India was a financial burden for the British empire even before WWI, but they still kept infusing money into mass scale projects like canals and railroads that have benefited Indians immensely even after independence, as has the modern education system they brought with them.

    No sermon is complete without the looming threat of failure, and the list of "superpowers" who eventually suffered a severe collapse is quite powerful. However it must be noted that all those arrogant powers who eventually failed still have a far, far better quality of life than India. Mostly because a majority of the Indians are still stuck in villages without access to steel or infrastructure attempting to spin their own cotton.

    My point is that history shows many things, and after a while the older generation needs to stop pointless sermonizing to their now adult computer literate children and instead engage them in rational though and discussion.

    Being a "rational optimist" as Matt Riddley calls it, I think a little arrogance of this sort goes a long way, and it is the bulls who will take India toward prosperity. And perhaps in the reasonable future make India a place where you don't see cows and bulls randomly roaming around.
     
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    Wow no more takers? I figured young Indians (presumably a sizable portion of DFI) would have something to add to this topic.
     
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    Thats a dumb article, i have never read something so childish and misconstrued! "Why do we fight even though everyone has everything"!! Who told him everyone has everything?

    Indians are far to less arrogant compared to their western counter parts, westerners are far to aggressive and competitive, all we have to do is look at the Australian cricket team. They thrive on competition while we discourage an "naughty" child from playing hard or too much and we wonder why when he grows up he cant compete against the Auzzies. We curtail any adventurism and put them on the rail track of Doctor,Engineer or Professional.
     

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