Indian Culture: What is wrong with the current Indian mindset?
M Jawahar Reddy, EEE from Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore
India is the land of resources. That is the reason we don't find any Indian king who invaded another country but we find Kings like M.Ghazni who reapetedly tried to conquer our part of land.
Ancient India has a special place for itself in the fields of science, food, culture e.t.c. But the people of modern India i.e. we are never bothered about it. We always try to follow the Western culture.
In olden days, people of India used coal, neem stems and salt to clean mouth, who were gradually changed to use toothpaste and now, again, we are asked whether our toothpaste has salt or not…
In India, we have great monuments of sculpture. We have temple entrances called Gopurams of about 300 feet high which stood stiff, constructed in those days but we never care about those monuments and go on reading about the leaning tower of Pisa.
India once has the people who used to cure any type of disease with medicinal plants. As we are attracted towards the Western culture, no one knows about it these days. The first anesthesia was used by an Indian, father of surgery, Susrutha.
Yoga and meditation were first practiced in India. Taking deep breaths can stop us from getting 70% of diseases. Air is for free but we don't make it productive instead we buy and breath the smoke of cigarettes.
The greatest epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata happened in India. There are many powers in India which we know them as something different but don't know the reason behind. If the reasons were passed on from generation to generation, India would be the country with maximum number of scientific patent rights.
Even today, Inspite of our negligence towards our history, science and culture, Indians stand top globally. CEOs of many big companies are Indians and the reason behind many scientific success are Indian people.
Omkar Khair, lives in India
India lacks organization. We have a jugaad mindset.
I am born and brought up in India. As a kid we are used to following a few things in India, that we would have been frowned upon for in a developed country. Relieving ourselves on a street side, littering around public properties is a common sight. As an adolescent I started to notice the wrongs, and have been correcting myself since.
Here's one of the many things I see going wrong with our mindset.
When I'm out with friends, I'm subject to mockery because I hold back from throwing a wrapper or a paper plate on the street. I come home with my pockets filled with waste, in case I don't find a good place to dispose it off. At one point I started picking up stuff that my friends threw. Instead of this compelling them to reflect, and stop doing it; it encouraged them to do it and have the sight of me picking it up. I'm no saint. I stopped. Since then I manage my own waste, and avoid imposing my thoughts on others.
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Not littering around public/private areas and keeping clean is a very basic and essential understanding. We just love to bluntly ignore it. What our mindset teaches us is - "When others don't do it, why should I?", "Me not littering around isn't going to affect the tons of garbage already there". What we easily miss out on is -
You are not supposed to do it because it is a written rule, but because it is the right thing to do. What others do or don't should not affect your decisions.
We are the kind of people who only follow traffic rules when there is a cop around. We have created a society where the only thief is the one who gets caught!
We lack moral, ethical and social organization to great extents. In a 1.2 billion population country struck with scarcity of resources we only live for ourselves and not for the society we live in.
There is nothing wrong with the current Indian mindset.
Mindset is not something that is designed, it is something that evolves and adapts. Asking this question is similar to asking: what is wrong with evolution? Nothing; evolution does not care whether it is right or wrong. The path taken by a community/nation's mindset is strongly dependent on its condition. Outside of dictatorships, individuals (and thereby, communities) always take the path of least resistance and maximum payback.
India is a young nation of scarcity where people thrive on individual-scale competitiveness, not cooperation. Everything is and has been in short supply, if not in quantity, then in distribution. The poverty we see today was much worse at any time more than a hundred years ago. Why would a person, be it a politician, a farmer, or a merchant, not look out for themselves and their families alone? When the regime changed every 10-20 years bringing about draconian laws, and the government existed only to charge ridiculous taxes (the British charged taxes in excess of 30%), hell, I'd easily believe my home is my nation. My family is my only responsibility. I have to look out for them. Why should I care about how the road outside my house looks? Why should I care what tax-payers paid for the 2G infrastructure? Indians use the system to their advantage because they know that it is difficult to be successful without doing so, at least not in a predictable way.
Attributing the backwardness of India to the mindset of the people is philosophical solace to help turn away from the much more complicated problem of a people chronically stifled by limited resources and limited energy.
Change the conditions: reduce scarcity, improve law enforcement, make people outside a few philosophers see the real advantage in being law-abiding citizens, control population, and change will happen. Look, the people who ask questions like what's wrong with the mindset aren't owed anything by other people. Nobody really cares about the deeper implications of the Indian mindset. Personal satisfaction comes first. This is true in India, Europe, the US, Japan, China, virtually anywhere in the world.
It is not like change the mindset, and India will change. Change India, and the mindset will change.
Aseem Bansal, lives in India
There is a big misunderstanding regarding China
A large section of Indian people's mindset is that India has lost to China in every way. They think China is better and India can never hope to compete with it. China may have gone further in many aspects but to think that India cannot be competitive? I cannot agree with that.
Collection of Certificates
Many people instead of trying to get knowledge want to collect as many certificates as possible. Government also has its focus on quantity of people that it can educate rather than the quality of education that should be delivered.
The movie 3 Idiots really made this point.
Most don't want to take risk
Most of the people don't want to take risk. I am talking about entrepreneurship. Graduates want to find a job. Most don't want to think about self-employment or entrepreneurship.