Dial M for Merit, Not Murder of Democracy
Anti-Merit Mindsets In Our Democracy And Its Implications To Indian Society.
Sushant Singh Rajput, the great actor, murdered himself. Yes, so what? Well, he’s a star and how could it happen? With due regards to the late actor, so what?
How about the normal person who murders himself or is murdered because he or she was doing what they believed in sincerely in life? Who cries on their behalf? Who asks justice on their behalf?
It is time we take this unfortunate demise of Sushant Singh Rajput as a mirror and hold it against our own faces and introspect. Who is next? You or me? Maybe, your child. Maybe, your grandchild. Maybe, our neighbor or their child. Maybe, our friend or their child. Who knows?
Is what happened to Sushant Singh Rajput an unique case from an India viewpoint or the world’s? It is necessary to go deep to understand the underlying issues behind such honest people losing their lives. Every society including the US and UK has its set of problems with no exceptions. India is no exception. If one confronts them in the eye, half the problem is solved. Recognize the pattern and you know there is hope to eradicate or at least minimize the problems in a society.
I would like to classify seven major anti-merit mindsets in my view that prevent merit from flourishing in our Indian democracy and also list practical examples we face and possible solutions to eradicate or minimize each anti-merit mindset type.
Narayana Murthy, Infosys founder, who is choosy with his words, stated in an interview just before 2019 Central elections that Central government corruption has come down to nearly zero after 2014 under the new Central administration. Can you believe this has actually happened in India? Well, it has, my dear friends. Many educated Indians avoid discussing or thinking about politics thinking it does not affect their lives. Make no mistake, your State and Central governments influence your quality of life in ways seen and unseen.
2. Superiority or Entitlement mindset: This mindset is fueled by possessing status, power, educational and/or birth pedigree. This is also known as an elitist mindset.This is about taking advantage of one’s position in life to trouble another human being just to prove one is superior to the other.
‘One is a Brahmin when one studies or teaches their kids, one is a Kshatriya while protecting one’s family, one is a Vaishya when managing the affairs of the house and seeing to it one’s family does not fall upon hard times, and one is a Shudra when one cleans the house and similar manual labor in the house’.
Thus the Hindu way of life has all these aspects. Also, varna system can be made use of to adopt one’s main occupation in life: Brahmin type of job: Thinking/Analyzing/Teaching profession job, Kshatriya type of job: Armed/Police forces, Civil Services/Politics, Vaishya type of job: Business/Merchant Navy and Shudra type of job: Cleaning services/Facility Management/Garbage clearance/Road construction/Real estate construction/ Factory production work involving physical labor to quote few examples.
3. Anti-Hindu or Hindu-dividing mindset: Historical and current agenda of some anti-Hindu and thereby anti-India forces fueled by mostly foreign rulers in the past to divide and rule India and continued in the present age.
Examples (quoting from Rajiv Malhotra’s Breaking India book, a highly path breaking book to understand India’s past and present, highly recommended to read):
Once these two theories were introduced and institutionalized by the British,the rest as someone said is history, Indians had been whitewashed of culture and the mental damage was done, the effects of which are evident till today.
4. Age mindset: This mindset is purely borne out of being older to someone. Just because someone is of an older age, some people tend to bully others who are younger to them. This is present in every society and also in Asian societies where one is expected to respect elders even if they are one year elder to you. Deference is a virtue but taking advantage of deference is harmful to an individual. Give and take respect should be mutual.
5. Jealousy/Selfish mindset: This mindset is fueled by, ‘If I allow someone to get benefited by me, one day he will over-rule me and I’ll land up on the streets or somehow be disadvantaged’.
This is a common trait experienced by most people and is self-explanatory and does not require explicit examples to illustrate.
It is not easy but we must open up and help people. If not 100%, which is ideal, at least we should help 90% of the time. It is really fulfilling to help someone without expecting anything in return.
6. Criminal mindset: Achieve something through force and other illegal means and not being worried about the harm caused to somebody in the process.
7. Enemy mindset: This mindset is fueled by the need to keep India subdued always and never let it prosper, and flex its muscles in the international sphere. He/She who does not wish well for you, your family and your society is an enemy. This mindset according to Rajiv Malhotra includes religious fanatics especially from Islam, over zealous conversion enthusiasts especially Christian missionaries and overzealous Communist-influenced individuals who believe in constant rebellion against the government of the land under the false promise to deliver social equality for the citizens.
All the above forces are in fact collaborating among themselves to destabilize India.
In conclusion, the seven anti-merit mindsets are impacting the growth of bright young men and women in India. As Indians who care for their country’s future and preserve it for our future generations, we need to remain vigilant to thwart these harmful forces. It is time for us to unite to ensure our future as a country is secure.
A salute to the sacrifices made by all Indians who have the country’s welfare in their hearts. Jai Hind !!! Bharat Mata Ki Jai !!!
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