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Revolution 2020

Its been a long time since I finished reading a book the same day I started, but I managed to do so yesterday, with Chetan Bhagat's Revolution 2020. It is very well written, with an excellent plot and most importantly, it has a purpose. I highly recommend that you take a few hours off to read it.

I felt that the book was very similar to Upendra's movie 'Super'. Both mock the existing system by pointing out the flaws and hindrances therein, are good entertainers and cater to the masses. I didn't feel that either story was the least bit exaggerated. The issues are there for all to see and everybody is aware of them. But there is hardly a soul who is half-willing to give a rat's ass about it.

There is a reason why India is in such a pathetic state today. It is not the system, or the politicians. It is the 1.2 billion people that are to be blamed. The Indian society well and truly follows the accounting principle of monetary unit, which states that you only record those transactions that can be expressed in monetary units. Every person at every stage is evaluated in terms of his monetary worth. The college you join, the course you take up, the job you are hired for, are all evaluated socially in terms of future monetary returns from that act.

I remember the time when I was deciding between colleges and courses to do my engineering. Every person who asked me what my plans were, or offered advice on what to choose, or commented on my indicated choice (and there were plenty of such people) either spoke of the scope a particular branch had, or the placement statistics a particular college boasted, but not one person asked me what I was interested in. The story has not changed one bit over the last five years as I have seen my junior batches go through the same charade. Things were no different during placements. Every company and job offer was evaluated in terms of the pay and opportunities to go abroad (which, to an Indian mind, translates into more money).

The colleges are ranked based on their placement statistics, professions on average salary offered, and in schools, kids with a higher pocket money are the cooler ones. The attitude is the same in every person across the country. Every person is after one single thing in India and that is money. Unless there is a turnaround in this attitude, there is no hope for India. The corruption rates will remain high, the crime rates will remain high and respect for honesty will only exist out in the open (not in the hearts of people).

Do you honestly think you have reason to complain about the state of affairs? Of course you don't. You're the reason why things are the way they are. Its upto you to change your attitude and spread it among your friends. Only then is a revolution that will change the country for the better happen.

Can you make it happen?

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  1. Hi I agree with ur post.
    1.This phenomenon is present not in India alone, but across the world and cant be changed in a really really long time to come.. so we SHOULD NOT use this as an index of our development, coz knowing Indians.. they'd take this as an opportune reason to freeride on any "Development" that can occur.

    There's a reason why "even in US", BIll gates , jobs are referred to as "school dropouts" who made it big - which means it's just as unusual there also.

    2. There is a normal curve that occurs with interest vs. what u do.. you knw ,u need to PROGRESS and get ahead in ur job. which means u cant do something u dont like for long!! after a lil trial period, everybody gets around to either do what they r comfortable with, or get comfy with what they do :)

    3. When we talk of placement stats,we need to understand this "Getting the best" desire. As students, we want best colleges, firms want best employees- thus placement stats may not be such a disastrous indicator after all.

    4.Let Competition prevail! Only losers would think, that if they havent made it to IIMs , their life or dream job is over.I have no intention ever of telling an xx colg guy, you are just as good! EVery failure is to be taken with more steel and desire to conquer- this guy in xx colg might bloody well work harder to get higher than an IIM grad.
    and trust me, u would know too , there are lots of ppl.


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