It was 2009 when I was in 7th grade, my English Activity teacher, Suvashri Ma’am, recommended me a book called – “ignited minds”.
For the purpose of the project, I read the book, reviewed it and also scored an ‘A’. I had absolutely forgotten about the book that I ever read; only recently, a week back I got hold of that English notebook with an A in red circle and her initials on it. That moment, when I re-read the review I had written, I was taken aback and was made to think, what as a seventh-grade student, I wanted to aspire and where I am here today (I didn’t mean, I regret any of my decisions! But my aspirations back then were patriotic. So this also, questioned my existence – Have I started belittling the people in the society who are on the backstage where the nation is showing its show? Or the people taking care of the society from backstage are failing to give visions? But let’s get this clearer, what followed next).
So, a week back, upon a great realization, I switched off my social media handles – WhatsApp and Instagram and got my eyes off from an eight-inch screen to a book. I took this book, the one recommended eleven years back, which was also personally signed by the Former President APJ Abdul Kalam Sir.
The story behind getting this signed copy is altogether very special and today’s article is not about that. Today’s article is about what I learned from the book, which still aspires me even after eleven years, where so much has changed. As a thirteen-year-old, I read the book only for the purpose of the project. But as it was countrywide lockdown, I re-read this book with greater perspective and open-mindedness, only to find what has been served to us, lately and why we should stand up not only for our rights and voices but for knowledge and spiritual well-being.
So, here’s the thing, I promise to share twenty-one life aspects that I learnt from this book. In return, I want a favor from you all – to follow at least one thing, from the bunch, since the lockdown just got over. And forward this to three of your friends, not a Salman fan but Jai Ho movement can be, rather should be initiated as this is what is genuinely required. We genuinely need to spread visions faster than a virus, to see India developing again with the same zeal; we stepped in 2020 to achieve our Mission 2020 Goals.
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So here is my learning from the book:
- Leadership must lead us all to prosperity. Start choosing your leaders wisely!
- Scarcity of resources is not the cause of our problems; our problem originates in our approach towards them.
- There are more reviews that views available. Instead, be the change maker, rather than putting up an opinion.
- Knocking at others’ doors will be futile. Instead of importing theories and transplanting concepts, we need to grow our own solutions. Let’s just take influence from world organizations but have our very own ideas in tackling our problems.
- Triumph is a peaceful kingdom. Peace by peace, let’s build our kingdom again.
- Happiness and bliss are two important components of godly life on Earth. Perhaps there is so much conflict between people and nations because, in our pursuit of prosperity and power, we have lost sight of ethical values. For once, we should not mind what’s happening at the border and think about our personal ethical growth, the government and the army shall look into that matter.
- Spirituality must be integrated with education. This is for teachers, academicians, and philosophers.
- It is no wrong to feel that it is somehow shameful or non-spiritual to desire material things. Strive for material things, but do not forget the power of prayers too.
- Our country has a unique characteristic – to belittle our capabilities. And let us start by complementing the steps the government is taking and start appreciating individual works.
- Role models can help us focus on what is correct for us as individuals, as groups, and, of course, as a nation. They can also lead us to great success. We seem to have got carried away with the success of a few in the field of information technology. But that is indeed nothing compared to what we can and should achieve. Ancient India was a knowledge society and a leader in many intellectual pursuits, particularly in the fields of mathematics, medicine and astronomy. A renaissance is imperative for us to once again become knowledge superpower rather than simply providing cheap labour in areas of high technology. Find a role model, from the industry you are associated with/want to be associated with, read about them, make them your Guru. Since I am more into the field of finance and economics, I have chosen, Raghuram Rajan and Montek Singh Ahluwalia. Choose your role models too, and take baby steps.
- India needs proper representation of young professionals and farmers because without their involvement India cannot succeed and with their involvement, she can’t fail.
- Our civilization is rich, which leads to forward-thinking, harmony, and better understanding. With such a great nation and people, why are there communal clashes? It is simply because, when a nation doesn’t have visions, small minds take over its affairs. Since we all are educated and we can understand the sincerity and harmony, let’s not get carried away by small politicians who divide the nation for their vote bank by infusing communal clashes. Let us all have visions for us and make it a cumulative national vision, to let our leaders know, where the youth wish to head.
- For great men, religion is a way of making friends; small people make religion a fighting tool.
- Is it not in our national interest to demonstrate to the world that we can think of a world beyond Pakistan and China, that we are a qualitatively better, more mature, and secular country with a greater commitment to the values of democracy and freedom? Also, to add, we are also hosting the G20 Summit in the near future, let’s gear up for that and show the world India is back, despite this lockdown.
- We need three factors for a strong nation: a collective pride in its achievements; unity; and the ability for combined action. And I wish you all take these three seriously.
- The central theme of any religion is spiritual well-being. Indeed it should be understood that the foundation of secularism in India has to derive from spirituality.
- The question the young need to raise is not who would allow us, but who can stop us?
- Unless development is directed towards state-based industries, working on huge national missions through centralized planning will not do much for real prosperity.
- We need to realize that missions are always bigger than organizations, just as organizations are always bigger than the individuals who run them. Missions need effort and the mind provides the purpose.
- No ideology is above the security and prosperity of our country. No agenda is more important than harmony amongst the people. So whether you have left or right ideology, the national visions shouldn’t be tempered. The ideologies are just political tools for vote banks. We are educated and we need to rise above this.
- All we need as of now is – teachers, saints, politicians, scientists, economists, and industrialists with VISIONS.
I have no idea, why I was away from such thoughts all my life lately. It is, therefore, very imperative to note that, instead of reading sponsored news media, we need to read visionaries, who actually have contributed towards the nation-building. All of a sudden, the entire world has stopped reading books and has started having an opinion on baseless grounds. START READING BOOKS.
By.Samridhhi Subhash Mandawat