India’s soft power is crippled & Congress is to blame for it

We seem to be a patch up job of a country to outsiders. They can feel the strong attraction of soft power coming from us, but never understand many things. And its not their fault

We make our kids study English and keep our Mother tongue as a second priority. Indian companies hire English speakers. If this is not apartheid on native language speakers, what is it? If it is not meant to make slaves out of vernacular language speakers, what is it? A perfectly capable person, not knowing English, can, at best, be an office boy in India. So much for self-appreciation of our soft power

India's soft power

India’s soft power

We are known for our ancient temples as a driver of our cultural and spiritual power. Yet, our temples are controlled by Government and badly maintained. But mosques and churches are independent

When the world has long-back moved to a questioning form of learning, we are continuing with Macaulay’s education system which was meant to produce clerks. The whole system is geared towards rote learning

West has, long back, moved to a professional Judiciary, but India’s judiciary still carries “contempt of court”, 2 months holidays which were meant for British judges to be in Britain and calling judges “Your honour” etc

Bureaucrats have long ago, taken the primary function of development in Western countries, but the training of bureaucrats here, still makes them preservers of Government control and anti-capitalism

Bollywood, among the many “woods” here, churn out the largest number of movies every year. Only 3-4 movies become “hits” even after classifying a “hit” as 100 cr box office collection

Cricket is religion yet it is not even a sport. It does not make most players sweat. Only 10-12 countries play it with 2-3 being able to play it well enough. Yet focus on cricket is maniacal

We lack Pride-of-work. Most emerging countries create high class infrastructure, be it China, Saudi or any African country, but our infrastructure is always run-of-the-mill and we continue to keep L1 (Lowest bidder) as the deciding factor for awarding such tenders and contracts of grand infrastructure projects, which would define India for visitors in all times to come. Shoddy work, humongous delays in projects, cost over-runs and an end-result which is below class – till how long will be define new India in terms of patchy infrastructure?

China is making Confucius temples in all countries showcasing its proud culture, yet no political party, barring BJP will support a move to build grand Hindu temples globally

Till date, the main God temples are seen covered by mosques built over them

Books in vernacular languages dont sell and hence local language writers dont have a career in India. English writers, though, go on to win Booker and feel proud of it

Government defines Hindu teaching as religious and since Indira Gandhi inserted “secular” and “socialist” in the Constitution illegally, we dont teach our own knowledge in our Schools. Only the BJP would support such a move with dynasty parties hiding behind Muslim vote bank

Why will any neighbour of ours, send his kids to study in India? For a poor education system which teaches in English? Wont he send them to US or UK instead.

When we dont value our culture and ancient writings, who is anyone else to value them. Then what value is our “Soft Power”?

The patch up rot runs deep. Examples are endless.

Author: Tushar Kansal

Tushar has been associated with the Project Assessment, Fund-raising & Financial Advisory realm in India for 2 decades. He has straddled multiple roles in Financial Advisory in Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, PE Deal-maker in Times of India’s Brand Capital, in Corporate Finance roles in Aircel, as an Entrepreneur in Education field and as a CFO (Chief Financial Officer) till 2014. Prior to that, he was the Head of Debt for MTS India, where he was instrumental in raising $2.5 billion structured debt. Tushar has been involved in $6 Billion of transactions in Debt/ PE/ M&A across all asset classes. He has major experience in Education domain – From 2001 to 2006, Tushar led his Education entrepreneurship venture which provided Entrance examination training for Engineering colleges in India. The venture grew to 800 students and then was bought out by a marquee pan-India player in this space, as a strategic sale. Tushar is a panel member at CNN-News18. He is also a Columnist @ Business World, Indian Defence News, Business & Economy, Indian Economist, Digital Market Asia, OpIndia & Growing India.

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