India, Hindustan, Bharat – our country is as diverse in its names as it is in culture, religion, languages, cuisines, dance and music forms.
India is the birthplace of 4 major religions, it is a country where 122 major languages and 1599 other languages are spoken.
Our cuisine is loved all around the world and our chefs are no less than celebrities.
We have at least 8 classical dance forms in India and oh, we love music in all its forms.
Ancient India’s contribution to the world is significantesesespecially in mathematics.
We gave the world zero. We literally gave the world 0 and it is one of our most celebrated contributions.
Other than that, ancient India gifted the world decimal numbers, binary numbers, Fibonacci sequence, the theory ofthe atom.
Ancient Indians knew about gravity before the apple fell on Newton’s head.
Plastic surgery and cataract surgery existed in India a thousand’s of years before they were ‘invented’ in the west.
All that said, there is no doubt that India has had a glorious past and has made significant contributions to the world in every domain.
But where does the average Indian stand in the world today?
To understand this, let’s have a look at who this average Indian is.
The average Indian is born to compete.
Even though we take pride in the fact that India is the world’s largest democracy, living in the second most populated country on earth is not easy, to say the least.
It comes with its set of challenges.
After competing with millions of sperm, the average Indian is born in a lower middle-class family with a purpose to compete with everyone around him.
The average Indian has to outperform a lot of people in his life including Sharmaji’s son.
In 2016, he competed with 2.5 lac students in CAT for not more than 10,000 seats in IIM
In 2017, he competed with more than 11.5 lac students in NEET for approximately 50,000 MBBS seats.
In 2018, he competed with more than 11 lac students in JEE Mains for 25,000 BTech seats.
To add to all of this, Modiji reminds him of this competition constantly at the beginning of all his speeches.
The average Indian is frustrated.
Once the average Indian finishes his education, the employment scenario frustrates him.
He either hates his job, is underpaid or is unemployed.
He realizes that his education didn’t prepare him for the world outside or for the job he hates or for the job he dreams of getting. This frustrates him further.
He observes the political scenario in the country.
He sees corrupt, power-thirsty politicians making a mockery of the nation.
Some demand a certificate of secularism while others demand a certificate of nationalism.
He notices politically motivated goons waging a war in the name of religion.
But the average Indian is an optimist.
The average Indian knows how to live on.
He believes that his country would make progress, that there would be a day when his motherland would have enough resources for all its sons and daughters.
That one day, there would be enough colleges providing quality education, not running with the sole aim of generating revenues.
That his education would get him a good job, a job which he enjoys doing, a job which allows him to live confidently.
That there would come a day when all oulawmakers would sit together and discuss important issues and come up with solutions which would take the nation forward.
That there wouldn’t be politics in the name of religion.
That his nation would take giant strides forward in every domain and prosperity would prevail in his country like it once did.
And for what it’s worth, the average Indian won’t be let down.
India is believed to be the brightest spot in the world today.
IMF sees India as the fastest growing economy in the world.
The inflation rate is reduced to half in less than 5 years.
The foreign direct investments reiterate the fact that the world is buying India’s growth story.
There has been a massive push to electrify every Indian household.
There has been a huge boost in infrastructure as industrial production is picking the pthe pace.
India is now more connected than it ever was.
With more of all-inclusive people-centric policies and clean governance, India will once again rise to prominence.
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