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TITLE (EDIT)
A Very Short Novel
DESCRIPTION
The Emerging of India from the eyes of a common man.
[1,337 words]
TITLE KEYWORD
Popular Fiction
AUTHOR
Deepak Gupta
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A 33 year old MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur. A Delhi middle class upbringing. A person who likes to dream of an India unleashed and as beautiful sa it should be.
[February 2007]
A Very Short Novel
Deepak Gupta

A VERY SHORT NOVEL

I could have filled pages describing the large and expensive looking hotel hall where a large crowd of very rich and influential Indians had come together including owners of giant corporates from automobile to the IT industry, construction, petrochemicals, communications and the heads of institutions of professional education and even some actors. Instead I just choose to narrate what happened then.

The speaker stood up and addressed everybody present:
I am an ordinary citizen of this country. It’s a national shame that we a nation of large numbers of talented individuals have not been able to provide ourselves with a decent standard of living. Our people don’t have access to drinking water, electricity, basic health, education and the list goes on and on. After accounting for the illegal immigrants and emigrants and constraints of the population census exercise, we are not even sure how many people we are. The value of life is missing and we have learnt to turn a blind eye at it. When our companies are scaling global heights and our talent is shining bright all over the world, why do we choose to ignore the state of our nation and blame it on politicians and corruption. If the people gathered in this room are some representation of the good India which is willing to work for a better nation, then we have to do something beyond the microcosm of the company or institution we represent.

Winning an election involves motivation of the people of a constituency to identify with a person or a party which supposedly understands their issues and social economic fabric and promises to take them forward from where they are. In the absence of any of us in this room choosing to be that person, anyone is free to use the opportunity rightly or wrongly. If, however, a project was given to any of the companies/ institutions in this room to go to a constituency, understand its social economic fabric, identify a capable/ qualified talent within fifteen days who can list finite activities that need to be done over a period of a year to become that ‘identified’ leader of that constituency and then this person was resourced by your company/ institution to complete those activities (and perhaps raise resources for himself in the process) and contest elections thereafter, I am sure many of the companies/ institutions in this room will come out with flying colours in this ‘project’. The question therefore remains is – can the scope of this project not encompass all our problems that lie in the way of a better standard of life for ourselves, can it not encompass all constituencies, can it not encompass all that a nation must do in order to uplift itself and show the path to other nations and avoid a government being a government of a few people, for a few people and by a few people. Or, should I, as a common citizen of this country, understand that the moment such a ‘project’ becomes such a ‘large project’, so grand in ambition, so unusual and unprecedented, the companies/ institutions in this room will not have the ability or desire to shape it? If I am right in assuming so, gentlemen, thank you all for coming here today and wasting your time and we can have the snacks waiting outside and disburse. If, however, I am wrong in assuming so and indeed, there is the will and the confidence in this room to give shape to this project, please raise your hands to take charge to shape the destiny of this nation in the near future. Please raise your hands to say ‘Yes I am going to commit myself today to the largest ever self driven self sustaining self improvement self fulfilling journey any nation has ever taken.’

I can waste words describing how first reluctantly and then enthusiastically, the hands went up and the energized crowd reassembled after snacks still hungry to hear some more.
Thank you ladies and gentlemen for choosing what you’ve chosen. It is human to be restless after beginning of such a mission to see yourself quickly at the peak of Mount Everest waving your flag in your hand and getting telecast live across to the people you want to go back to. But, due to the centuries of experience together among us, sitting in this room, we know the numerous self doubting, self questioning, self reviewing, self evaluating, self tasking milestones that are an intrinsic part of any project. A corporate structure has proven to be an efficient vehicle for scientifically and practically achieving laid down objectives and resourcing itself for the same. A corporate structure has also proven to be misled into a direction of short-term shareholder wealth creation objectives if not governed by a superseding structure. Can I propose as the first milestone towards the project for the gathering in this room to be the superseding structure and allowing me to take the assistance of one of the corporates in this room to frame within the next fifteen days, the corporate structure and its governing laws and presenting itself to this superseding structure on the fifteenth day along with the next milestones of this project. If you agree to this and to be part of this governing superstructure which will meet every month to review and audit the project, please do so by signing on the foundation stone ‘We the people deserve the best in life’.

Many signed on the foundation stone and in the days that followed the project took shape rapidly and the talent and ability of India was tested to the hilt. The media took the developments on the project to the public. Many glaring hard truths about the nation came out as the chosen constituency activists, governed by scientific principles, brought out the dust from under the social economic carpets that covered their work area and their leaders presented the priority list of actionables to the superseding structure and the public in general. Some of the findings forced the existing government and bureaucracy to act in the right direction under public pressure during the first year itself which in itself fulfilled some of the project objectives. There were also leaders or activists of the project who gave up mid way or crumbled under economic or ethical pressures. Resources were spent evaluating how other countries were solving similar problems and solutions were identified by choice among them or designing a new solution altogether. The transition from constituency activists to constituency election contestants was marred with cases of digression to personal objectives, legal battles, even some violence but, the superseding structure and the body corporate was able to overcome these battles and come with an election manifesto and detailed action plan for each constituency, each state, each aspect of policy within the existing constitutional framework and hit the road for general, state, municipality and even village elections. One by one, the organization grew large and widely acceptable and formed the government under the constitution. World’s attention was once again on this unleashed India and what course this unique project would take having given the teeth of electoral mandate. The project overcame the pressures and glare that such a global and domestic attention can naturally evoke and proceeded swiftly on its laid path. On this journey, the country created mammoth monuments, corporates, technology and reach that was to benefit not only in uplifting the quality of life upto the interiors of India but also many other emerging and underdeveloped nations. Industry and sportsmen demonstrated competitive ability on the global space. The safety valves for emotions, ethics, integrity of the society were put in place while not compromising on the creativity of our society and race. Leaders emerged who gave further direction to society instead of making this a materialistic transformation and took the society in pursuit of happiness and excellence in harmony with mind and nature. Mankind learnt to sleep in peace and live its life to the fullest at the same time.

 

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