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“A Full Glass” Illuminated

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About a week after Narendra Modi’s address at SRCC, it was Shahi Tharoor’s turn to address student body in capital. Even though he claimed in his speech that he was not in college to make any political statements, he couldn’t refrain to allude on Modi’s famous perspective about “My glass is full” made during SRCC address. In his address to students Mr. Tharoor said “To me, indeed, it is half empty and we need to put something in it to make it full,” With all due respect if I may say, Mr. Tharoor you lack vision to understand the wisdom.

Glass is Full is a metaphor on motivation open to wide interpretation. One way to looks at it as, rather than looking at emptiness within you, nurture a vision to see that there is “something” within the apparent “nothing”. Bit more scientifically looking at it, your glass is always filled with matter; half of it is may be relatively less condensed. The motivational thought around this is that the inspiration is within you, if you look for it.

Full Glass is about complementing the material half with the other abstract, emotional or intelligence half and getting the best out of it. Battle of Longewala is a glorious chapter in India’s war history. Heavily outnumbered Major Chandpuri had an option to retreat; instead he chose to see his “glass full”. He compensated with courage, where he lacked in substance. He and his troops stood the ground for the entire night and halted the march of Pakistani troops into Indian Territory until dawn when IAF Hunters became active to finish the job.(Controversy or not longewala is just an example, there are other examples where outnumbered and underdog have turned the tide by simply getting the best out of the situation)

 “A Full Glass” – It’s not all about striving to achieve the best; it’s about making the best out of what you have.

 Beethoven, Sudha Chandran, Stephen Hawking and many more excelled in their field just by churning out the most from what they had (or not).

 Modi only speaks words that are backed by his actions. Other leaders in India may complain about the inefficient system, lack of infra-structure or other challenges and give up on it. Modi on the other hand delivers with the same bureaucracy, same procedures, same files & paperwork and yet he has been able to remove or minimize the red-tape and made the system efficient.

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Image courtesy Google Images

Albeit my strong viewpoint on congress leadership, I still have high regards for some congress parliamentarians and you are on top of that list. India anticipated a huge gain when you joined the parliament but for most part we have seen you in the news for wrong reasons. Seems like your attempts to “put in something to make it full”, are getting you into controversies. If I may humbly request, instead of trying to make your glass full, may be you can take a lesson from Modi and see your Glass Full. The inspiration (the illusive other half) could be within you.

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Posted by on February 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Gandhi comes full circle

Gandhi Comes Full Circle

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Earlier this week Honorable Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Narendra Modi addressed the students & staff of Shri Ram College of Commerce. SRCC is India’s premier school for higher education in commerce and Economics.

Modi started his address with, “I come from the state of Gujarat, State of Mahatma Gandhi & Sardar Patel”.  It’s clearly evident from his tenure as CM for more than a decade that he has an Iron will like Patel to make things happen, however Gandhi may not seem apparent to some even on his veneer, may be because we tend to reminisce Gandhi with his passive non-violent approach. Paid media and fringe group with vested interest consistently laid baggage on Modi making it difficult to judge him with a secular scope.

 What made Gandhi a Mahatma was his ability to appeal and influence masses to bring a positive change in them.  Gandhi gave people a will to stand for a cause. He moved the masses and channeled a collective determination into a powerful voice that can trigger a change. Gandhi mantra was soon successfully followed by many others across the globe to project their voice, to stand for their rights. One such voice addressed humanity about half a century ago and said “I have a dream …” Gandhi Mantra now had additional elements to it – Hope & Dream. The dream seen in the day light came to realization pretty soon.  Half a century later Gandhism makes a full circle, and was echoed at SRCC — “My Glass if Full”, and this time not just a dream but also a vision to achieve it.

Nov 6, 1913 Gandhi Begins “Great March” in South Africa to defend Indian rights.  2000+ people marched with determination to voice for their rights. This wrote the first chapter of Gandhism, a mantra soon to be followed for larger causes.

             Half a Century later and half way across the globe from Gandhi’s home land …
Aug 28, 1963 Dr. King addressed 200000+ civil rights advocates gathered at the steps of Lincoln Memorial; he gave people a hope and a dream

                     Half a Century later and back in the Land of Gandhi …
Feb 6, 2013 Modi addressed SRCC, an event televised live and was followed by 20Million+ across the nation. He shared a dream and he showed a vision to achieve it.

Sixty years ago we attained independence from Imperial rule; it is a time to attain independence from dynasty rule.

Gandhi Wisdom(Image courtesy – Google Images)

Gandhi Wisdom
(Image courtesy – Google Images)

If nation makes a right choice, this could be a defining moment in the history of Modern India.
Gandhi gave Swaraaj, Modi can bring Suraaj.
(btw: Gujarat has been riot free (non-violent) for last eleven years & counting under Modi; and riots did happen when Mahatma was around)

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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