Unless India stands up to the world, no one will respect us. In this world, fear has no place. Only strength respects strength. – Abdul Kalam
There are many ways to look at this. First let us start with defining Strength.
What is Strength?
In the stone age, when man had to live fighting nature everyday, survival depended largely on muscular power. Then we designed weapons and hunting , fighting became easier. Along with brains, now strategy was all important.
Jumping directly to middle ages where Kings and their army made the common man cower in fear, strength of the king depended on his army, his loyal courtiers, his political cunning. But again, the more kingdoms he conquered, the more powerful he became. He became great in the eyes of men and women alike.
When civilization suddenly discovered that we can complicate matters a little and introduced things like democracy, countries, politicians. Today we have developing nations, under developed nations; rich countries, poor countries. We also have several (useless) political representatives to choose from. Media says that common man is the most powerful. Look at the graphic below
Some say that we are the puppets of a puppet government. Some (experts) say political parties and government decisions are directly influenced by MNCs. Ultimately in the 21st century, everything boils down to It’s all about money. The richer you are, the more powerful you will be. Right?
If you do not agree with the above [It’s all about money], read ahead
Well, all said and done, what the honorable Abdul Kalam meant to say was that we need to stand up and fight for our rights. There is no point in incessant crying and cribbing and then going back home doing nothing. True, a country’s power depends a lot on the money it holds in the world, but unless that country is strong from within, how does it expect to have anything to do in the world economy?
There have been recent reports that GDP has touched all time low of 5.5% and something needs to be done to boost economy. Rupee is fighting the dollar rate. If things continue like this, a very dark picture seems to be painted ahead.
How on Earth is Economics related to fighting for your rights?
A very good question. Now, if you trust Wikipedia, Economic Development can be defined by
Economic development generally refers to the sustained, concerted actions of policymakers and communities that promote the standard of living and economic health of a specific area. Economic development can also be referred to as the quantitative and qualitative changes in the economy.
For development to occur in economic terms, a number of factors have to be aligned in social terms. Social Cohesion, Maintenance of Stability and Constructive economic change can be broadly considered the major pillars in a good system. Just like the butterfly effect, any small social factor like female emancipation, farmer suicides, child marriage et al can play a big role in the Economic System. Just like parts in a huge machine, each individual comprises of a small nut and bolt. If any one falls out of place, the machine becomes less efficient.
A economic setup is like a big complex code.
Major role players and how YOU can use your strength
The ruling and opposition parties have a big hand in the functioning of the country. But considering that they are absolutely busy in only disentangling from various scams all the time, a very loud bad message is sent to the economic world. An unstable government which has earned a bad reputation is unlikely to be trusted by Economic Community. We desperately need a miracle to see our parliamentary sessions at least working properly. Show your strength, and vote for the right people
Communal Harmony – Though the times we live in are far better than post independence era, but still differences arise. On one hand where gurudwaras open up for Muslim brothers, in the same country, religion based discrimination is done in work place and households.
Use your strength of understanding and remove the age old discrimination.
Knowledge – Literacy is not enough. Neither is holding a degree enough. Knowledge in true sense is achieved when an individual learns to live like a civilized person in society and is fully aware of his/her rights and responsibilities.
Your strength lies in using your knowledge, your values and spreading them.
You are a part of the system. If at any point of time it crosses your mind that a wrong has been done, remember that you are important to the world. So you will be heard. But for that, you need to let go of your fears and be strong. A small act like informing the police or NGOs about someone doing child labor in your neighborhood can make a lot of difference.
We are all a part of the community. We wake up each day thinking our country will miraculously become a developed nation one day. Start doing something to make that happen.