are many who are trying to make a difference in their own
way. We need to institutionalize their successes and work
with others to bring about a fundamental change in our governance.
But such appeals immediately encounter skepticism and resistance,
citing all kinds of differences between them and the rest.
are a nation of brilliant individualists. But collectively
we under perform. The much-talked about team spirit demands
some willingness to grant good intentions, and capacity to
give the benefit of doubt even to adversaries, let alone friends
and potential collaborators who share our goals and vision.
As persons of goodwill, deep concern for the future of this
country, and stake-holders in improving our governance, we
should learn to work together, respect each other and bring
have seen over and again decent, reasonable and well-meaning
citizens losing their perspective and consumed by minor tactical
differences. There may agree on 90%, but exaggerate differences
in perceptions and approaches in 10% arena. This desire to
be seen to be unique, and to seek salience may be natural,
but if we fail to bring out synergies in groups, our collective
performance is less than the sum of the parts. A society divided
against itself falls and fails. Bickering about trivia will
only help perpetuate status quo. We also should learn to recognize
that moral authority, intellectual integrity and ability to
be inclusive instead of being divisive are the prerequisites
of any claims to leadership.
have many examples of great innovations, which made a significant
impact in a limited area. Our greatest failure has been our
inability to adapt and replicate successful models across
the country; ex: what Dr. Arole has achieved in Jamkhed in
health sector. In a sane society, his model should have been
replicated long time back - but even 25 years after the rest
of the world recognizing him with a Magasaysay award, we here
in India haven't even looked at him. There are many such unsung
heroes in our midst.
we have many problems, but as a nation we are definitely in
a better position compared to 50/100 years ago. By no means
are our problems unique. Many other countries went through
similar phases. But they learned to work together and promote
a society, we have the internal strength, resilience and capacity
to overcome our problems and forge ahead. But, we need to
develop trust, have a sense of equality and shared vision
of a common fate. We owe it to ourselves to overcome our differences
and help realize our full potential.