The Great Indian Dream
The. Great. Indian. Dream.
Today as I walked out of my examination hall with the remnants of the maths paper, I was surprisingly surrounded by an aura of self satisfaction. It had been a long time since I had a maths paper go well. All’s well that ends well.
As I continued my trot towards the buses, my philosophical side took over and a thought crossed my mind. Was that the sheet of paper that defined my future? Everybody says that marks don’t matter and all that philosophical crap, but somehow those marks decided my perception in the eyes of the society and my parents. That was a saddening thought. Now I won’t go ranting about the faults in the education system, but if you want to read about it I’d suggest you to read the three-part elaborate blog post I wrote on Indian education system.
Today I am talking about the Great Indian Dream. The beloved Americans have a conceptuality known as the Great American Dream. It entails that every American should have enough to eat and should live a happy life. For a more accurate description, the American historian James Adams puts it as “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability and achievement.”
In a nutshell, the American dream provisions that every individual should have a right to prosper and succeed through hard work, innovation and excellence.
We, the Indians do not have such a dream and simply copy-pasting the American Dream wouldn’t be enough, as we have doing with every American substance. We need to actually define that what would the doctrine for the Great Indian Dream entail. Living in an unfortunate set-up of a power-ridden system, this Dream will probably be accomplished when I would be living out my final years.
What I believe the Great Indian Dream should be is that every citizen’s success should be valued, not upon by a sect they belong to or the money of their endeavours, but should be valued on the basis of their integrity, dedication, hard work, innovation, excellence and most importantly, their humanity. They should radiate an aura of general prosperity that inspires the countrymen to do the same. They should be the India that will shoulder the responsibility to make India a different nation, a better nation.
The harsh reality about this far-fetched idea is that these things are as hard to find in India as an honest politician. Being a realist, any angle of practicality would point towards the non-existence of any such idealistic hope. People call me mad for believing in this idea, but without a streak of madness, this isn’t possible. Let’s try to create a different India by playing our role as the future builders of this nation, let’s strive to create a better India.
To conclude I leave you with the words of John Lennon. “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.”
And that’s my Great Indian Dream…