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Saturday, June 15, 2019

India is variety personified


Mirage of a strong state is not a reality.

Making of a strong state is the reality and reality need not get confined to existing or established labels or models of economic development.
We may, preferably must, adopt certain factors of the Chinese  model mostly in infrastructure,  manufacturing sector and employment creation.
But having said that economics and politics –the holons in social engineering, as we Indians of all hues and strata know, are organic evolutions based on various factors and therefore, not easy to be excessively controlled and administered top down.

We Indians are aware that what ‘Sailor’ Bob Adamson says, “The reflection is not in the mirror but of the mirror”.

India may not, does not, will not and perhaps cannot go the Chinese way in all aspects [even in economics].

India is also called subcontinent, not without any specific reason.

Variety and acceptance and admiration of variety are inherent to India both as a country and as a nation.

No other land mass of a single country has so many different or varieties of bio-geographic zones as India;

No other land mass of a single country has so many different or varieties of languages being spoken;

No other land mass of a single country has so many different or varieties of classical dances and music;

No other land mass of a single country has so many different or varieties of religious and non religious movements and cults;

No other land mass of a single country has so many different or varieties of cultural and traditional practices and customs;

No other land mass of a single country has so many different or varieties of systems of health care;

No other land mass of a single country has so many different or varieties of political parties;

No other land mass of a single country has so many different or varieties of socio-cultural systems;

No other land mass of a single country has so many different or varieties of types vehicles;

No other land mass of a single country has so many different or varieties of and ways of business organizations and unorganized business operations.

That’s why anarchic ways are visible but well defined uniformity or standardization leave alone homogenization is functionally not possible in India.


Besides, Indian-ness can only be described as a multitudinous or variety in all its ways be it social, cultural, economic, political, commercial, philosophical systems, religious methods etc.


Fortunately, at least in our country i.e. India, most things and individuals have remained unencumbered by political ideologies formed and framed to homogenize everything and everyone and exercise control over and dominate and rule.


The bandwidth for dissent, discussion and different opinions is actually much wider and better in India than in brain washing propaganda instilled narrow alleys of many branded and brandied about systems in other places.

Another hallmark of Indian-ness is that it analyses anything in any realm  ideally and as a matter of practical expediency willingly adopts anything that enables synergy but does not allow itself to be confined to any specific single identity.


Economic development like electricity works for whoever fixes the correct machine they want, whether it is a fan or a tube light. It does not require media projected nomenclatures.


Irrespective of whatever model or labeled economic model we follow we feed 130 crore people every day 3 to 4 times [which other part of the world does that] we enable them to move around though some means of transportation.

We Indians do not hesitate to analyze anything and everything in depth from as many angles as possible but also ultimately find out the points of or areas or domains of synthesis/synergy leading to harmony and unity with all variety and/or differences in tact.

This is will be the automatic progression of life experience and life itself as D.J.Mercier, the Archbishop of Malines says, “Sound Philosophy sets out from analysis and terminates in synthesis”.


We Indians are aware that what ‘Sailor’ Bob Adamson says, “The reflection is not in the mirror but of the mirror”.



Healthy conditions can be planned and programmed if those scripting any political narrative realize to do away with the outdated dichotomy of Left and Right because life, especially socio-cultural and economic life, has many dimensions each having its own dynamics and in addition there are also those emanating from intersectionality and interactions and all of these manifest themselves with varying degrees of intensity. Fortunately life and all its concomitant evolutions happen despite and beyond the blinkered narratives peddled by status quo addicts of trite dichotomies and have made visible various options between, besides, beneath and above those dichotomies, and these may strengthen the wings and enable the discourse to soar into unbiased zones and offer some solutions to many present day problems faced by humanity.



Nature manifests variety in abundance. Evolutions establish variety.      Civilizations require unity. Humane attitude enables humanity to understand the necessity for unity and also the inevitability of variety.
"The spirit of Advaita is not to keep away from anything, but to keep in tune with everything." - - Swami Chinmayananda. 


Unity must not be confused with uniformity or homogeneity enforced by any means.


“Across planes of consciousness, we have to live with the paradox that opposite things can be simultaneously true.” ― Ram Dass



Here I would like to quote Simone Weil, French social philosopher, mystic and activist in her work ‘Gravity and Grace’


“The world is the closed door. It is a barrier. And at the same time it is the way through.
Two prisoners whose cells adjoin communicate with each other by knocking on the wall. The wall is the thing which separates them but it is also their means of communication. … Every separation is a link.”

When talking about boundaries , barriers etc we cannot avoid these very meaningful messages reiterating the vagueness of boundaries from Ken Wilber in his work ‘ No Boundary: Eastern and Western  Approaches to Personal Growth’ like these two small pieces, “ Even to say ‘reality is no-boundary awareness’ is still to create a distinction between boundaries and no-boundary! So we have to keep in mind the great difficulty involved with dualistic language. That "reality is no-boundary" is true enough, provided we remember that no-boundary awareness is a direct, immediate, and nonverbal awareness, and not a mere philosophical theory. It is for these reasons that the mystic-sages stress that reality lies beyond names and forms, words and thoughts, divisions and boundaries. Beyond all boundaries lies the real world of Suchness, the Void, the Dharmakaya, Tao, Brahman, the Godhead. And in the world of suchness, there is neither good nor bad, saint nor sinner, birth nor death, for in the world of suchness there are no boundaries.”  And  "The ultimate metaphysical secret, if we dare to state it so simply, is that there are no boundaries in the Universe. Boundaries are illusions, products not of Reality, but of the way we map and edit Reality. And while it is fine to map out the territory, it is fatal to confuse the two."


Reality the jigsaw puzzle involving these things : Nothing, Everything, Anything, Something. Then as Jarod Kintz  says, “ Nothing, Everything, Anything, Something: If you have nothing, then you have everything, because you have the freedom to do anything, without the fear of losing something.” 


 And no philosophy, sadly, has all the answers. No matter how assured we may be about certain aspects of our belief, there are always painful inconsistencies, exceptions, and contradictions. This is true in religion as it is in politics, and is self-evident to all except fanatics and the na├»ve”-Steve Allen, comedian, from an essay in the book-- "The Courage of Conviction", edited by Philip Berman


If we extrapolate it as most of us have experienced that no single economic model has all the answers to all the economic problems.

It would be pertinent to mention what ― Idries Shah the great Sufi writer says in Reflections
“You have not forgotten to remember; you have remembered to forget.
  But people can forget to forget. That is just as important as remembering to remember - and generally more practical.” 

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