This article is being shared by Sreemoyee U Roy, National Institute of Bank Management, Pune
India, a country with more than 125 crore population and with a diversity of many cultures, is one of the world’s oldest civilizations. The Indian culture is an amalgamation of various cultures that has evolved over a large span of time. The Indian culture is a gift from big civilizations like Indus Valley Localisation, Indo-Aryan Culture, Big dynasties such as Guptas, Mauryas, Nandas, Mughals, etc. Also, Foreigners such as Portuguese, Dutch, French, Japanese and British have made a huge contribution in the formation of Indian Culture.
From Traditions, Customs, Beliefs, Rituals, Norms, Literature, Arts, Science, Languages, etc. Indian Culture is rich by all means. But, despite being part of such a rich and glorified culture we Indians lack in creativity and innovation. Though a large chunk of start-ups in the US have at least one co-founder of Indian origin, we still lack in innovation and creativity. It is really important to understand that innovation and creativity are the keys to the growth of any economy. During the period of Post-Independence, various attempts have been made in order to speed up the economic growth of the nation. One such attempt was made by way of adopting various management practices and techniques from west, which did not suit the Indian environment. The Western management concepts were mainly based on the proprietary ownership, whereas, during the same period in India, mainly public ownership evolved and prevailed. Moreover, in due course of time various interest groups such as trade unions, national and international forums such as WTO, and governmental norms have also emerged, and thus all these factors acted as countervailing forces by way of limiting the managerial rights.
The Indian education system which itself is derived from a British system of education mainly focuses on learning rather than thinking. The element of originality and creativity is lost somewhere in the race of grades and percentages. We must understand every individual is different. All of us are born with something special and unique. We must acknowledge, “Being different isn’t a bad thing; It means you are brave enough to be yourself”. For building a nation, which is self-reliant, high on growth, high per capita income, better life style, high literacy rates, high HDI the role of innovation is very important. It is the base of the pyramid that makes a pyramid strong. So, a positive perspective towards uniqueness at the base level must be encouraged. Being from a nation, which believes in the ideology of unity in diversity must inculcate a positive perspective towards it. After all diversity reigns when there will be uniqueness, and so it shall be sowing seed for innovation.
It’s high time! India needs to change… But how? Change in what sense? Since 1947, how much have we changed? A steep rise in GDP growth to a growth in infrastructure developments; Nationalisation of entities; A significant increase in contribution of tertiary sector with a fall in contribution of Agro sector; Evolution of Disruptive Technology; Globalisation, Privatisation and Liberalisation; and many more… But, is that all? How about the dark side? Since independence, a large number of negative incidences have also taken place on social, political or economic fronts such as unrest with neighbouring nations, devaluation of rupee, terror attacks, downfall of stock markets, scams and frauds, which have slowed down the pace of growth rate. On the one hand we have tried to evolve on a positive direction, while on the other hand our nation has derogated from its vision of being one of the world leaders. In such a scenario, a change from within is needed. A change in attitude, a change in behaviour, a change in approach and most importantly, a change in thoughts is required. As Changes begin from thoughts. We must not forget, it is the ability of thinking differently from the peers and predecessors, that made J.R.D. Tata soar up high. It was the thought of Dhirubhai Ambani that sowed the seed of Reliance’s vision of becoming one of the leading corporate giants of India. It was the change in thought process that later transformed into vision and then into actions that compelled The Team India to win the Cricket World Cup 2011. In order to get rid from the shackles of old school of thoughts, not only a change in thought, but also a burning determination along with hard work is required.
As per a saying by Colin Luther Powel, the 65th United States Secretary of State, “A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work”. The Silicon Valley of India is a big example of how India is really trying to put forward it’s best feet. But, more need to be done. A large number of startups is coming up these days in order to explore the unexplored potential of India. Big success stories of Flipkart, Ola, Zomato, Redbus, Snapdeal and many more have already fuelled many in the country to choose a path of their own. Change is happening, but, at a slow pace.
Oh India! Now is the time… that, you need to unleash yourself from the old school of thoughts and embrace the innovation. So, let’s pledge to build a nation that is rich enough in cultural diversity and it also embraces and respects this diversity; Let’s try to create a nation that has a room for creativity and innovation; Let’s try, to develop a nation which is not only interested in Human Development Index, but also in Happiness index; Let’s try to make a nation which delivers what it promises. And lastly, let us try to bring back that golden bird which has flown to some other world.