The “SamudraManthan” Strategy: inspired from one of the great episodes in Hindu Mythology

In my quest to understand Indian Mythological terms and relate it to present day Lifestyle or Corporate Strategies, herewith I’m writing an another point of view. Previously I blogged similar ones including “Vairagya”, an ancient Indian art of Dispassion, The “Agyaatvaas” Strategy, and Mahabharata Vs Iliad.

Above pic is of “SamudraManthan” art at the Bangkok Airport.

Now lets understand what is “SamudraManthan”. “Samudra” is Hindi word for Ocean. “Manthan” is Hindi word for Churn. There is detailed wiki page already on this topic https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samudra_manthan. (it explains the origin of amrita, the drink of immortality.)

So what lesson it is imparting. (I won’t be going to write the story of this great saga which anyone can easily refer to numerous online available articles.)

My takeaway from this great saga is:

“even in our lives sometimes we are required to do samudramanthan and then venom (read “vish”) will come out first and nectar (read “amrita”) will come out last”.

Case 1:

Talk about Indian politics. What is happening currently in India. The whole nation is boiling it appears. It has become BJP VS REST. Almost all intellectuals in this country target the current govt. on routine basis with remarks intolerance; anti dalit; anti students; etc.

Why??

If we see these all intolerants were harbored by the previous Govt.s. Now instead of accepting the fact that winds of change has arrived under charismatic leadership of Shri Modi, these guys are coming out of their holes and getting exposed to their disadvantage.

Hence what Modi Govt. is doing is nothing but the great “samudramanthan” of India.

Now leave the politics apart.

Case 2:

Talk about Corporate Strategy. We all know what is Change Management. Taking hard decisions, lay offs on a big scale, closing of loss making factories, etc. in order to achieve growth, prosperity, and sustainability as a result.

So there also we are doing nothing but “samudramanthan” in a modern way.

Case 3:

Now consider personal lives of ours. In today’s honeybee life where majority are harboring big liabilities such as house loans, car loans, education loans, etc. and living a bovine life.

….sometimes we fail to do “samudramanthan” and then we fail overall….

Now instead of fear from change if we embrace it and get ready to take a big leap in our lives which is essential then probably we can have a better life as a result.

That what is taught as The Breakthrough Management. (Fortunately I studied this subject from Management Guru Prof. Shoji Shiba during my year at IIM-C). 

I feel that sometimes we all require to get ready ourselves for the breakthrough or adopt Resilience i.e. “bouncing back” with new zeal towards life. But of course one need not to do this churning of things on frequent basis. That is the caveat here. Better follow Japanese Zen after the “samudramanthan”. In my view we require “samudramanthan” once in a decade at max. Also “samudramanthan” can be done only on bigger stages of life. Not here and there.

For my foreign friends who does not know about this great saga, I briefly put some text here:

The legend goes like this that in ancient world a fight erupted between Gods and Demons. After mediation by Creator Vishnu Bhagwan, Devas formed an alliance with asuras to jointly churn the ocean for the nectar of immortality and to share it among them. The churning of the Ocean of Milk was an elaborate process. Mount Mandara was used as the churning rod, and Vasuki, the king of serpents, who abides on Shiva’s neck, became the churning rope. Even Creator Shiva Bhagwan swallowed the deadly poison in order to save living creatures on earth. (please read online articles for full saga)

Needless to say that SamudraManthan teaches us the road to purity and prosperity.

My thoughts only.

God Bless!!

www.rishabhagarwal.in

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All India Voting (AIV)

In his historical Gettysburg Address Abraham Lincoln famously said that “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”.

We, in India, need to ponder whether we are doing adequate enough that govt.s which are getting formed in last few decades is truly representing the people of this great nation. 

Long back in Oct’14 I wrote a blog Voting via Internet!!, in which I argued the quintessential reason why Voting should be of paramount ease. I also wrote an another blog few months back BJP vs Anti-BJP and The Toothpaste Strategy, in which I tried to reason how its better that we have Two Party System like followed in United States rather than what we currently follow i.e. multiple party system.

I observed most of the political parties in India are nothing but “B” team of long ruling party here. Anyways I’m not here either to support or oppose any political party. My simple argument is that if we have multiple parties in India then they should stick to their national party ideology irrespective of the seats they gather during the elections and later should refrain from making an opportunistic alliance in name of coalition government only to fool the public.

Historically also we have only 2 major national parties in India which have so far been able to form the Govt. at Center. So why do we need multiple national parties only to confuse the public.

If we have only 2 parties in India with 2 separate school of thoughts, probably it could have been a justified way forward for the citizens that whichever party is winning is true representation of the people wishes. Not that you form an alliance after gathering seats in National or State elections and forms the Govt. much against the wishes of the people who wanted to remove the previous corruption ridden Govt..

The most clear example in this context was: how AAP in their first election forms the govt. in Delhi in alliance with Congress which public basically wanted to see removed from the Power.

It is also to be noted here that voting trend in India is mostly in the range of 50-60% only and seldom it crosses 80% in any region.

Its simply not possible for someone to travel from a far off city to his home constituency for casting the vote. With the ease of Technology available now, I’m surprised we still want registered voter to cast their vote physically and that too in his or her home state. Imagine, someone belonging to North of India is doing job in Bangalore (> 5 million Indian IT professionals must been working here) and election happens in his home constituency, what he is supposed to do? Its insane if he is expected to travel till there.

So this 50-60% voting is not true representation of people wishes. It is bound to be marred with corrupt and vote bank politics. Logic is simple. On one hand educated young professionals who migrate to major metros or abroad and who could have cast their vote in favor of development oriented political party. While on the other hand people who are left behind are more carried away easily by the Caste inspired Voting.

Can’t Govt. link Aadhaar Card and introduce Mobile or Web based Voting.

Why expecting every one to travel here and there for casting vote. The other major benefit will be safety of voters. It is common view in India that there is heavy presence of Police and Security Forces near voting stations.

There is one another huge benefit. Removing psychological fear. There are numerous cases of dominating psyche of voters with fear by local powerful political leader. His followers won’t be refraining from intimidating the voters. And then that particular political leader is winning continuously. This should be curbed.

By All India Voting (AIV), people should be given freedom to cast their votes by Mobile or Web. For sure it will bring voting surge (probably crossing 90%) which one can term True Voting. It will also ensure healthy growth of the nation and increase answerability of these parties towards THE PEOPLE.

My thoughts only. God Bless India!!

www.rishabhagarwal.in

Brain-Drain @India: a blessing in disguise

Recently I was just looking at news and found popular brain-drain notion once again being discussed. It somehow popped up by Mr. Trump, presidential candidate at United States endorsing retaining of Indian students back there.

I’ve penned two blogs previously OSCAR Strategy II – from talent’s perspective: and why Indians are so successful in US, and Indian Organizations VS Foreign Origin MNCs: Key Differences, which I think can be extended to understand popular Brain-Drain concept in India.

It is important to understand that Crude Oil can be a cheap commodity in Middle East country but an expensive commodity in far east countries including India. Similarly intelligent Indian talent is for cheap within India but valued across the world. So there is no point nagging all time that IITs or IIMs graduates when migrate to Western countries’ greener pastures for better career opportunities,  are unpatriotic. Rather they are doing great job and making Brand India in the outside world.

We have numerous examples of Indians doing great globally such as Sundar Pichai- CEO Google Inc., Satya Nadella- CEO Microsoft Inc., Indra Nooyi- CEO Pepsi Co, Nikesh Arora-  CEO Softbank Inc., etc… They are actually ameliorating Brand India and we should feel proud for them.

It is the failure of Govt. which despite close to 7 decades of freedom, still not able to provide the necessary infrastructure and ecosystem which can foster high paying jobs.

Indian companies/ Govt. should also refrain from selling concept of doing business in India just because talent here is for “cheap” which you can many times notice in power-point slides when they are talking to prospective investors. It is understandable that owing such a big population automatically brings labor rates spiral downwards but the onus is on Govt. to stem that fall and bring the economic conditions of workers to better life styles.

Traditionally India has grown in all sector where there is minimum Govt. role.

For example, when we compare China VS India, one can easily see that difference. While China developed leaps and bounds in those areas which are spurred by Govt. intensive supportive programs such as Manufacturing. You need uninterrupted power supply, good roads, good ports, investment friendly Govt. policies, etc.. And they grew. While India developed in those areas which require minimal Govt. support such as IT sector. You need only good communication lines which thankfully are run by big private companies. And they grew.

The above contrast is quite striking. Even now if in India E-commerce is growing astronomically then one reason out of many is that it doesn’t need an ecosystem nursed by Govt. rather it is growing because it addressed to greater inefficiency created or accumulated in last many years in the country. Another example, there is an start-up known as Shuttl which is into transportation business running pvt. fleet of small buses on major routes between office hubs and residential areas in Delhi NCR. My question is does Govt. was sleeping till date? There are so many routes on which there are hardly any public buses and people use owned cars to commute. Wouldn’t that be wonderful if one starts pvt. buses on that route. And that exactly what this start-up did. There are numerous examples like that.

In nutshell, brain-drain is not that bad. Good news is this that this phenomena (brain-drain) automatically slows down when opportunities back home are sprouting. Recent start-ups mania has shown how India’s vast population provides excellent market and also lab to test your start-up ideas.

In last some years we have seen many bright minds across revered campuses including IITs and IIMs turning down overseas/ domestic offers to try their entrepreneurial spirits. This sign is highly encouraging.

My thoughts only.

God Bless!

www.rishabhagarwal.in

How UN is becoming irrelevant!

Well, almost 2 years ago on 10th Jul ’14, I wrote one blog:

How UN and Security Council became irrelevant in today’s maze Geo Countries

in which I argued how UN is watching mute with almost zero strategy towards rising threat of Terror. Due to UN’s stupidity (I must say like this) and inability to take any concrete action, the world is suffering more than ever before.

Something very similar, Shri Narendra Modi, H’ble PM of India, said recently in Brussels (what I said two years ago), that it is not very far when UN will loose its relevance in Global Order. 

(above) Mr. Modi in Brussels

Now UN is turned into a Holiday Company in which participants can have a tour to watch hungry kids somewhere in Africa. Instead of doing some worthy job where they are required to register their presence.

Hilariously, it seems they are busy in making strategies in swanky offices in New York etc. for “how to and where to distribute napkins” in poor regions of the world.

I’m wondering what India (along with Japan and Germany) shall gain after years of lobbying for permanent Security Council seat in non-important UN down the line.

In last 2 years, World, specially Europe, has witnessed inflow exodus of migrants from Syria, Iraq, and Libya, etc.. Needless to say how this region got unstable due to misadventures of few nations. I also wonder why UN never brought International Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in middle east war torn regions.

Post Paris and Brussels attack, the new Global Order will start churning into new direction. I see India as a bright spot both economically and strategically in this new order and is bound to gain under charismatic leadership of Shri Modi.

My thoughts only!

God Bless!

www.rishabhagarwal.in