India – The Unchained Elephant – Now, A Lion
The elephant has size, stature, a distinct kind of majesty – it is the only animal that looks divine when caprisoned – and has terrific intelligence. India is akin to an elephant. And, The British ensured that India and Indians, never realised our strength and potential. They chained our minds and, made us slaves in our own country. It has taken over six long decades to unchain the shackles and unleash our enslaved minds !
In a globalised economy, this size and majesty are not enough, even the astronomical market-size and the potential of India are inadequate. State-of-art technology, skill-level, capital adequacy, business judgment, project-management capabilities etc. are equally or, more important. This is where the ‘elephant India’ has inadequacies, and needs to open up and evolve, a ‘Lion’.
The Lion is a strategist, it is a serious, focussed, majestic and ferocious animal – always a winner. In India both animals are worshipped – one as God Ganesh and, the other as the vehicle of Indra – the Goddess and consort of Siva (Simhanadheswari).
Now, the elephantine India of yester-years MUST transform into the Lion-India, to be able to participate optimally in a globalised scenario. This is, to my mind, what is behind the theme of the renewed theme ‘make in India’.
The Modi Govt. has, almost with a magic-wand, bid good-bye to corruption at all levels, procastrination in decision-making, simplification of laws and procedured, doing away with irksome regulatory processes etc. Happily, the exercise is continuing. After decades, there is a performing Government. team in Delhi. That, to my mind, is a great blessing.
The huge demographic advantages of the country, the business opportunities are immense –even sky is no limit. In infra-structure development, especially in rapid-transport systems, water-transport, port development, power generation, airports, skill-development at all levels, research, health-care opportunities, shelters, even public toilets! It is, virtually, a dream-land when it comes to business opportunities. Time is running out and the early birds catch the prey.