Is there a new idea for India ?

After all India was formed out an idea. An idea of freedom from the British. India now needs a new idea. Having been formed, what could keep it going ? Democracy was a great idea, but after over 60 years of independence 80% of India’s population does not have any of the basic fundamental rights that our constitutions promised them. Democracy on its own is obviously not working.
India needs social change. A non violent revolution. It stands on the brink of greatness, but is completely brought down by its political system. So do not expect change to be brought our by these elections. India need a leader that can lead the people from outside the political system. For that it needs a new idea. An idea that does not destroy the basic ideas of democracy, but creates a front which ensures that democracy works within our culture, where the promises made in our constitution to the citizens of India are kept.
I had this discussion with my friend Shashi Tharoor, who almost became the Secy Gen of the United Nations. But thankfully he did not, for instead of that he is back in India about to contest elections from Kerala. Hope he wins, for he is a brilliant thinker/writer/administrator and would be a great addition to our Parliament. But will he be more effective outside the Parliament ?
We need a new leader. Like Gandhi, this new leader should be able to motivate our people to change their own lives. Where the motivation comes for the good of the collective, combining all castes and religions.
But what could that singular new idea be ?

53 Responses to “Is there a new idea for India ?”

  1. Mee says:

    @Dinesh
    Lovely! Captures this beautiful land called India, so well:)

  2. madhu says:

    criticise the India become the fashion for so called Indian based english writers. Idia is not impartent. we have so many idias which enrich the Universe. the GREAT personalities like you must try to expose our original History. Try to say our greateness to Fresh genaratoin.
    thank you

  3. Ritu K says:

    You are right Mr Kapur but before I share my thought on your article I would like to Reply @Madhu, same is the case with people like you who need some leader to follow rather than be the change who others follow. And Honestly talking about a revolution silent or violent. I think just as citizen of India If we just wake up to basic channel following i.e. every time we face problem without being lazy, go out and complain and keep on doing without getting out of it and try to update ourselves and system. We ll surely reach a time well defined system.

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