1.The competition : China.
India is positioned to become the largest economy by 2065.
The single most important ingredient of India’s future success is in population numbers. By 2065 the gap between China and India is gigantic. India will have about 580 million more people.
2.Biggest working force ever.
For the economy , possible working force is more important than total population numbers. By 2065 India has a possible working force almost a billion people strong.
Nearly double the possible working force China will have in 2065.
- Pinpointing the date: India number 1 in 2065.
GDP is the yardstick by which an economy is measured. It is the sum of all final goods and services produced in a year time.
By 2055 India’s economy would be bigger than that of the USA .
By 2065 it’s simply number one.
In the growth process, there will be a mayor shift from the agricultural sector to the so called second sector ( industry) and third sector ( services). More detail about this shift is in chapter 7 of this book. “Getting to the nitty gritty”
The growth path is a nice upward curve, but in real life it will come with creation and destruction across all sectors. Keeping this growth path steady is complicated and a source of anger for groups who fall behind.
4.Building an image .
Just like China, India will start projecting an image of a modern state to the rest of the world. A modern state with an impressive history. If the Olympics in 2032 are in India, this could be the moment where all eyes are on India, and the growth really takes off. However, India has always been a stunningly beautiful country. The ad campaign “incredible India” was very successful. India is indeed incredible beautiful , I selected a lot more images about architecture, art, movies, sculpture, everyday life, food, .. in the chapter about the tourism sector.
Taj Mahal, Agra. The ultimate Indian icon.
5.Understanding Hinduism for a Westerner.
“No need to try to explain Hinduism. It’s more about forgetting rational , morale western thinking and starting over again.”
I was trying to understanding India and Hinduism . I wondered for a long time how I could find logic in how Hindus see life. I didn’t find the logic nor the morale I was looking for. What was the point of their Hindu culture? Is it the “Karma” or the “Dharma” that I don’t understand?
Hinduism is so broad and encompasses so many ideas, it doesn’t seem to hold together, it’s maddening, a lot of it is contradicting.
Then I realized I was looking at Hinduism in a Western way. In order to understand Hinduism, I had to let go parts of my Western rational mindset. That’s when I started understanding Hinduism. I had to forget about morality in a story. Forget about the ever important goals to achieve . Forget about trying to be ahead, running ever faster . Those are key elements so essential in western thinking . In Hindu India they are notoriously absent . I had been wrong to see it as a lack of ambition.
Because in Hindu culture there is not a book with the unifying goal , morale and logic to go with , the result is an ocean of ideas existing together. That is how I look at India today.
Some ideas are common in Hinduism, and essential. However they are not explanations. The idea of acting properly according to the situation ( Dharma) , or doing what is good ( Karma) , the rebirth and the circular time , and the connection with the universe are all common ideas.
6.Is Hinduism Fatalistic?
If India wants to become Nr1, the only question I worried about was “ does India have enough ambition to become nr1?” . When asking this question it automatically boils down to the question “ Is Hinduism fatalistic”? . Because if it is, if Indians are completely accepting their situation, and think that trying to change things is useless, than the country will never gain enough steam to make it to the nr1 position.
Accepting the situation as it is, can be the best excuse not to act now, not to change things now, and to have a vast space to fill with random stories that seem to go nowhere, and are most of the time nothing more than amusement. The concept of circular time also explains why there is so little pressure for changing society, for setting goals of improvement,.. because in the end the Hindu considers everything will happen all over again. So forget about pressing yourself to get things done now. At worst one could call it fatalism. However I don’t agree Hinduism being fatalism. Hinduism holds together so many ideas that it can easily be practiced by the IT-manager in a billion dollar company in Bangalore, all the way to a farmer in Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh .
Again you could certainly argue a lot of Hindus are fatalistic, but when you think about it, wherever you are on the planet there are fatalistic people. Everyone knows someone who goes with “ just accept it” attitude. So it is not a Hindu feature as such. Here is a quote of Sanskrit that is just as uplifting as I would like Indians to be to become nr1 and is the opposite of fatalism. It is screaming to be active, happy, meaningful, and enjoy life:
“Yesterday is but a dream, tomorrow but a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this day.”
- Down to the nitty gritty .
How will India evolve during this massive economic boom?
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