These are the best of times for India – watch her growing economy, her people winning laurels the world over, her contributions to the world peace, her growing friendship and influence with other countries, her flight to the moon, her ambitions, her….
These are the worst of times for India – watch her attacked by terrorists, her plunder and division by politicians, her looting by a few corporate czars, her growing inability to quench the growing hunger and thirst of her people, her increased enmity with her neighbors, her…
Using the above facts about India, it is possible to make a case, both for and against her future. I am however extremely optimistic about India’s future. It could be because I am an optimist by birth. It could also be because I am an Indian by birth. I am expected to believe that the motherland that has given me birth is better than heaven. Didn’t some of my ancestors said so long ago – “jan-a-ni janam-bhoomi-sch, swar-ga-dapi gari-yasi”.
All this may be true.
However, I believe that even if I was not an Indian by birth or descent, I would have still believed in the future of India. There are many reasons for it.
Why invest in India?
One, they say old is gold. India has been around for a long time. Longer than most people can remember. The culture of India, history of India and the people of India have survived every possible catastrophe – natural or man-made.
Two, India has been a great teacher. Many may not agree, but I think India has been an equally good student. So not only has India taught the world, it has also learnt equally well from the world. And a good student never dies.
Three, we still believe that truth always wins in the end. Sat-ya-mev jay-a-te. Naïve? Well, the list of believers in this dictum include the who is who of the world – all Indian deities, Jesus Christ, Prophet Mohammed, Buddha, Mahavir, Guru Nanak…. Lesser mortals like Confucius, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King also thought so. The only person who does not believe in it is the devil himself. And he is in minority.
Four, India is the original melting pot of the world. Others came much later. India has embraced and amalgamated every people, culture, religion and language with equal zest. It has also learnt from them all, adapted to them all and has taken them all along.
Five, the population of India is going to be the largest in the world not too far in the future. This in itself may be one of the worst things that can happen to her. However, the fact that most of it is going to be young, will give India the advantage that may offset all the negatives.
Six, everyone that I talk to wants the list of the reasons for “the best of times for India” to grow exponentially and the other list to become zero – incidentally, the number that ancient India gave to the world!
These are all the reasons to invest in India now.
Can the above wish come true?
I firmly believe that India can
After all, “you are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You have to work for it however” – Richard Bach.
Or as the ancient Indian wisdom says –
With work alone you can achieve your goals,
Not by mere wishes,
Just as a deer will not,
Walk into a sleeping Lion’s mouth.
Long live India. I love my India. Come One, Come All and Invest in India!