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Saturday, August 8, 2009

No rain drop blames itself for the flood

JRD Tata had once observed that “I don’t want India to be an economic super power. I want India to be a happy country.

Currently, there is alienation of students from ground realities of India. In the race of becoming technologically advance, we have given no attention to social science and rural sector. See, everyone knows and has seen this fact that if the rich sell a gun, the poor use it to destroy them. As long as the idea of 'potential resource' is equated to power and control, development would always be about money. Never about people or real social development perhaps. Deep Joshi, Magsaysay prize winner 2009 points this fact that "Development work is considered intellectually inferior, unlike high science, industry or diplomacy. We want to prove that it is both a challenging and a noble choice."

The lack of social scientist is hurting growth of India. There is lack of serious study of economics and social science in India. Read Fractured Social Sciences for detailed view.

There is huge lack of awareness among youths about our own country. I once commented in desperation that " When youth do not associate their identity within social and cultural fabric of their country, nothing is going to change. Person from UP do not know about Vijay Tendulkar and person from Tamilnadu do not know about Amrita Preetam. A whole English medium oriented generation has got no idea of ‘Samporan Kranti’ movement by Jayaprakash Narayan and Ram manohar Lohia. They will die to see MTV Roadies or splitsvilla but do not have heard name of Carnatic or Hindustani classic music."

The whole system has failed to equip students with either reasoning, language or logic skills, this is the effect of putting a premium on mediocrity over the last 60 years. Indians have fallen in love with selectivity. Everyone loves rejecting everyone else. Infosys selects 1% (link), jobs paying 100 rupees a month claims 5% selectivity (link), police jobs claim less than 1% selectivity (link), becoming a police constable in Bihar implies you belong to the top 0.7% out of 130000 applicants (link) and the list goes on. Unfortunately, no one asks whats the standards of out top institutions.

Technical growth was the main area of progress along with learning English as a medium of communication. We are ahead in service sector more due our efficiency with English rather than technical super skills. What we are waiting for, whole Africa to learn english and adapt technology. Then these MNC will switch their production and services to africa and third world for the search of cheap labour and we will become leading developing country with 100 million consumers and very tiny contribution to world trade. Our country is turned into dustbin of MNC as country of mass consumption than mass production. This growth will not long last if we don't invest this wealth in production/ manufacturing sector. For example: We need to create tech companies like Google, Microsoft and Adobe from the generated money through IT industry.

There is a great paradox of what economist A.K. Shivakumar points out is the children of rich going to public universities and children of poor going to private money squeezing institutes. These second rate institutes turn out second rate students,condemning the peripheral to further periphery. Lack of scholars from our universities are stagnating our chance to grow as developed nation. A blogger correctly pointed the fact that:

In the humanities, we need a William Dalrymple to teach us about the history of the Deccan, or Delhi. There are many economic and social factors involved this sad sate of affairs, but one of the most prominent of these factors is the utter lack of a vibrant university system fostering unfettered interaction and exchange of ideas among people of widely disparate interests and expertise. All this affects another important part of the higher education system of the country – Graduate School. We are creating more PhDs than any other country in the world with the possible exception of China, but are our PhDs really worth the title of “Doctor of Philosophy”? I am not sure. Are our research institutes producing loads of doctorates who are nothing but highly trained technicians or are we producing leaders and thinkers who can cross boundaries of discipline and think creatively?

Another blogger makes an analytical study on social sciences in this worth reading article. One paragraph on the liberal arts education is worth excerpting here:

Regarding education in the liberal arts, you have to admit there is a certain class element to those who chose to/are able to pursue serious study in its various fields. For example, someone who is a first generation college student, i.e. first in his/her family to pursue education beyond high school, would much rather choose a ’safe’ field such as engineering or medicine or aim at clearing the IAS exam, simply because it makes the most economic sense to do so. I would even go so far as to argue that for a country to have a vibrant intellectual environment in the liberal arts, a substantial middle class is pre-requisite; the liberal arts being a more likely choice of perhaps the 2nd or the 3rd generation college student. Now whether the second or the third generation born in India post the 1991 reforms demands better avenues for education in the liberal arts remains to be seen.

India is and has been banana republic where organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy. Our populace never felt to be really democratic; it is dishonest, corrupt and opportunistic. The middle class has degraded to rank money making without ethics, businessmen profit without quality and at our basic nature in country we are becoming aware of rights but unaware of duties. It has eventually led to politicians and bureaucrats who are liars and hypocrites with additional power-hungry nature. The increasing disparities between rural and urban sector is creating big vacuum in the development model.The irony is that nobody bothers about the poor any more or need for a real change. The most basic need is urgent and inexpensive medial care. There are teachers in private schools who don't get even 4,000 a month. And so many other people working in hundreds of other unorganized sector. A serious illness or an operation in a family is enough to give them a financial jolt for several years. As the vocal middle-class has abandoned places like government hospital and schools, nobody takes up these issues as newspapers and mass media only listen to this class of the software techie, the BPO guy, a businessman or an IIM graduate. It is this particular section of urban class, which constitutes less than 5% of the population, that gets disproportionate coverage. Job shredding at the airlines becomes bigger issue than the mass suicide of farmers in our country.

We as youth are the tools of change. We have to raise voice for our countrymen who are fighting for their survival daily without any representation. And I don’t want to be a product of an environment where only no. of zeroes of your salary will reflect your potential & prestige in relatives and society. Environment of society should be balanced with giving empowerment to women and removing caste discrimination. Dalit, farmers and woman social empowerment embedded with democratic values can only guide India towards integrated developement. How India uses health care, consumes energy and educates his next generation, the future will be determined. No rain drop blames itself for the flood, we as citizen are that rain drops...


  1. Thought provoking post..
    Well, I do agree that our education has failed to fulfill it's aim and is producing intelligent fools who can not think beyond their cubicle. For most of us, it is not the interst that drives us to choose our profession but it is security, prospects of money. But who can think about interest is, when he is crippling into poverty? People are more focused on money and social-reputation rather than rural-services. It is conditioned and biased psyche which is restricting one to think independently as an individual. And it can be changed through proper education by realizing them the power of independent thinking.

  2. Thanks for the comment. I do agree with you that education has failed to fulfill it's aim and is producing intelligent fools who can not think beyond their cubicle. There are tons of people who feel proud in doing clerksmanship than original thinking. in the name of education we are sending out illiterate, uneducated, unemployable genration with degree and certificates every year.A sad state of affairs Amit.

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