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India says:I want a better quality of life.

“I want a better quality of life”. This phrase and battle cry, I believe, is what is transforming India today. It will also continue to make this country tick in spite of all odds.

The human motivation for a better quality of life is not measurable, but it is certainly palpable. Here in India, it is an underlying human energy that is gathering steam and taking on a life of its own.

I look at India and I see major dichotomy (doesn’t everyone?). Let me group my thoughts into two high-level categories that I will call the bad news and the good news.

The Bad News (let’s get it over with first!):

  • Corruption at all Levels of Government
  • Looting of the Treasury by Bureaucrats
  • The Parallel Cash Economy and the Scourge of Black Money
  • Ineffective Government Services for All Citizens
  • More Poverty than there should be!
  • Lack of  adequate Far-thinking, Honest, Visionary Public Sector Leadership
The Good News (aren’t you glad we have some?):

The following cannot be changed or stopped: each person’s innate need and wish to continually improve his or her quality of life – especially once they have had a taste of what is possible.  

The resulting motivation is so significant that it has the power to exponentially multiply and transform worlds.   Witness the ongoing transformation in India!

A person who has had his eyes opened to possibilities will reach for that better quality of life, even if it’s one step at a time.

Added all together, this will reach gigantic proportions at various economic strata, and therein – in these vast numbers – lies the magic.

That is why economic progress here can only increase and propagate. With its momentum and gathering force,  no one will be able to stop it – not even an ineffective government.  Think of it as a runaway train.  But one that is headed to a good place.

Final Thought: What is the true potential of  this country if it did not have to deal with so much of the bad news?

Photo: By Lakshmi Prabhala [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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