Every action I have taken, has always led to a positive change. I am also witness that every action shied away from, left me a little less of the person I see myself as. I, hence, prefer being a doer.
About me (Tushar Kansal):
I am a blogger on http://www.tusharkansal.com and a social media enthusiast. The Blog is titled “Indus Churning” since I feel a special connect to river Indus and so-called land of Pakistan. My Mother hails from Gambat, Mohenjodaro, Sindh. I am alive to how Sindhi Hindus were tortured, raped, killed and forced to convert. And not to forget, the Vedas were written in Indus Basin (Indus was called Sindhu, from which the word “Hindu” comes and people living beyond Indus and following plethora of beliefs and systems, but bound by Vedic call of all paths leading to God, were thence referred as Hindus). I firmly believe that if we follow Vedic Dharma, in these ever-changing times, then Indus will churn and bring us to our much-deserved glory.
I know for sure that Tibet, Myanmar, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Mauritius and Afghanistan will assimilate with India one day.
I consider myself to be a function of 3 spiritual moorings:
Relationship with my own self: This defines my relationship with God. To be a good human, I have to foremost, respect myself. I can only respect myself if I feel good about being me and that comes from right thoughts/ deeds. My actions, then, determine how spiritual I am. Bhagwad Gita advises action, irrespective of the fruits of it, as a key path for attaining Moksha. It goes perfectly with the Vedas: What happened was good, what is happening is good and what will happen, will also be good – If you are centred on your Karma, you can’t but see the world like that. And that’s pure peace! I also concur with Buddha who preached that all of us can become God, or Buddha-like. Be child-like, not childish, being the mantra. This relationship is the core of Hindu teachings and embedded in me.
Relationship between me and Nature: I grew up in Roorkee, nestled in foothills of the Himalayas. All my childhood memories are spun around Mother Nature – The wide, gushing river; monstrous flow, plenty of fish, greenery all around, the mango orchards, the Farm houses with cuckoo nests, dense jungles with diverse flora and fauna within, sparse population, the chimes from the Temple bells, speck clean surroundings and the lovely maintained gardens. Those times – Fursat ke raat din, the fresh air, the smile on everybody’s faces and the relaxed pace of things!
Environment is the biggest axis, after spirituality, for Hindus and I feel blessed amongst nature. I truly subscribe to nature’s laws and believe that we need to be aware that we exist in them. Each atom within is a manifestation of nature’s intelligence and more than abiding by it, we must value it. Our Guru’s have preached and practiced love for nature – indeed, all Hindu Gods have a definitive connection with the environment. The birth of my son Aryav and daughter Aradhya enlivened me to this aspect and also allowed me to rise above all things petty.
I have felt the truth of nature that the entire world is an interconnected system and anything one puts into it, eventually comes back, even if through some other source.
Relationship between me and Other Human beings: Each happening in my life, reinvents me. No matter how much I grow or which circumstances prevail, it is me who witnesses it.
Hindu treatises advocate “Sewa”, “Dharma for mankind” and “Right action according to one’s Niyati” as the guiding light of Human-to-Human contact. Our civilization also advocates discarding material and worldly urges as way forward for building an equitable and just society. Each person I meet is a mirror to my own self and hence all my past, which has crucially defined who I am, is trapped in the minds of those who saw me at different stages of my life. The clarity derived from meeting many people is the reason those in public life are usually most sorted out. I aspire to be socially extroverted and be of service to mankind.
Right since my childhood, I was a Happy-go-lucky, jovial character. I was known for lighting up any gathering, being a good orator, a Hindi singer, good in group discussions and having a robust emotional balance.
I grew up in small towns, picked Science post Xth but always loved History and Geography since School days. I schooled in Delhi, graduated in Haryana, worked in Nagpur and Mumbai but finally settled in my hometown Delhi, my city since 1984. I am academically trained as an Engineer and MBA in Finance from University of Delhi. I was Chief Prefect in School and Treasurer in MBA, both adding to my confidence of handling responsibility.
My Mother hails from Lohana Suryavanshi Rajputs, the clan of Lord Ram and Guru Nanak and worships at Gurudwara’s. Father’s family follows Sanatan Dharma and wife’s family is an Arya Samaji. As such, I worship all Hindu paths and have great reverence for Lord Shiva.
My family is forward-looking and liberal; father being ex-IIT’ian, my only sister Akshi’s husband is Finance Director for India operations of the largest American e-Commerce company. Larger family is also very well educated. My wife heads Capital Markets vertical of the largest Indian investment Bank.
I was always an avid reader and proud owner of a Library of 1,000 books (non-fiction) at home, most of which I donated to the public Library. Being an educationist, I have been fortunate to have addressed thousands of youth on various issues – my interactions with them made me conscious to their need for direction and on utilizing my experience in guiding them towards a better life.
Professionally, I did lot of ground work as an entrepreneur besides holding prominent positions in large MNC’s like Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (Big 4 internationally), Aircel (INR 50,000 cr Telco of Maxis Berhad, Malaysia) and MTS India (INR 20,000 cr Telco of USD 35 billion Forbes listed Sistema, Russia). Till 2014, I was Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of DLI India (a company owned by USD 200 billion PE Fund Guggenheim).
Since 2017, I launched my own ventures KansalTancy.com and SengeKhabab.com
Readers might like to view my columns on websites of Business World, Indian Defence News, Business & Economy, Indian Economist, Digital Market Asia, Swarajya, OpIndia and Growing India. Google my name and you will find them, or go to my LinkedIn profile for the links.
I maintain a great working relationship with my team and seniors, take ownership of my work, go by the motto that passion for work gives joy, believe that inherently fair and good people rise to the top and consider a good health as most important for a long lasting work life. I also hold the view that what we do is not what we are, so never leave your human side in the rat race of corporate life.
My other professional principles:
- Never forget that the most capable people you find will eventually rise (being deserving)
- It takes a true Leader to get people more capable than your own self to work for you
- Professionalism commands that you keep on developing company processes and stick to them – that builds the organisation
- Those who stick the longest and weather the thick and thin of corporate life – eventually are winners
- In the end, what will matter is the work that you did and the way you conducted yourself, not the petty things in life
- Man to Man contact is most important
- There is no place for vendetta in corporate life since markets eventually weigh worthiness of each individual and one is allotted a role which he or she is worthy of
Moments of Truth:
- In 1997, I was on board a local train which was jam packed and there was not even an inch of space to sit. I was coming from MP and the heat of the plains was sweltering. A foreigner couple was standing with the lady being visibly in ill health. The man requested for a seat from me for his sick partner, but I refused. The guilt which followed for months was eye opening and changed the way I looked towards those different from me
- In 2004, when me and my wife were about to get drowned in Jollyboy island in Andaman and Nicobar
- A young, bright, self-esteemed office boy Nikhil who committed suicide in 2005. I always thought highly of him. It was only after his demise that I came to know of the grovelling hardship undergone by those with meagre resources
- A close investor, who is as humane as one can be, very grounded inspite of being very rich, lost her parents and both her children in a road accident in 2016. The sense of bereavement was intense and brought home the timeless truth of how ephemeral we are, ultimately
I got connected with issues facing our society and ongoing developments in our polity in 1994. Since that time, I have closely followed the developments in my India.
Since 1994, I have been a witness to the nationalist grounding of the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh) and the immense non-bigoted and selfless service performed by their volunteers for the society.
With Pooja @ Nainital
Jijaji Rajesh, Sister Akshi with my wife Pooja
Pooja, Akshi, Ishika & Namrata @ Nepal
With Pooja @ Wagah border
Mom & Dad @ Kashmir
Aryav & Aradhya @ Dubai