I love India, its colors, its freedom, everyone’s smile, the variety, the patriotism, the global spirit, to name a few. For sure all the countries have their own good and bad points and I could write a whole book concerning what is wrong in France. The more aware I am about the global scenario, the more apparent the disparity is to me. The idea of the article is to try to answer the question:
What does India need to go from awesome to perfect?
If I ask this question around me, I would hear a lot of different answers: Cleaner kitchens? Beautiful roads? Fewer languages? Less corruption? No laws forbidding clubs to be open in Bangalore after 11:30pm ?
Special spots for cows?
My answer to this is NO, I don’t think any of the previous answers are a core problem in India.
What I think can make India go from awesome to perfect is what I would call the “everyday entrepreneurship spirit”. In fact, in everyday life, a lot of people are really passive here. Now I understand why the “passive disobedience” comes from India! In his characteristic way, Gandhi succeeded in being an entrepreneur when he turned this passive-ness into something beneficial.
When there is a truck broken down in the middle of the road, a hoard of cows blocking the flyover or any similar (and unbelievable!) problem: no one will act, nobody cares. We could think this is selfishness but actually, this is just Indian nature.
Last year, during Lille World Forum, H. Knecht was explaining “We want to change the world where we are”. It is this kind of spirit India needs. If people start caring more about what is going on around them and what they can do to make things better, a huge step forward will happen and then yes, roads will get better, the city will get cleaner… At the end I’m pretty sure this place can become heaven on earth even if there is still a lot to do.