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If yet your blood does not rage, then it is water that flows in your veins. For what is the flesh of youth, if it is not of service to the motherland – Chandrashekhar Azad

 

if these lines do not stir your soul then you have probably lost all your faith towards your motherland. I know that India is a free country now guys but these lines were not written just to gain independence right?

these lines represent the spirit of those who dreamed of a country much different from what it is now. mere independence was not their goal. doing good for their people whom they considered as their own brothers and sisters was their passion.

One individual may die for an idea; but that idea will, after his death, incarnate itself in a thousand lives. That is how the wheel of evolution moves on and the ideas and dreams of one nation are bequeathed to the next – Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose

India is free and so are Indians( what people think nowadays). but take a deep breath and look around you. do you see what the great freedom fighters of India wanted their future to see? your silence itself speaks for you dear. the war is still on. our country is still suffering, the people are still facing a hard time earning enough to live a decent life.

no free education for all, food shortage, spread of diseases and so on….. the list is endless…

India does not lack in resources of any sort. we have enough deposits of minerals, a huge supply of labor, plenty of land, leading entrepreneurs, good engineers, doctors, scientists, economists and …… (can’t mention everything guys). then why are we still lagging behind? where have we gone wrong?

the thing is that there are a lot of enemies of our country and specially our economy. they are amongst us and we don’t even realize it. through my next few posts i want to bring in to focus few of the major and minor problems which are harming our economy. these are internal as well as external threats to our country.

Apparently, I’ve acted like a terrorist. But I’m not a terrorist. – Bhagat Singh

together we have to reawaken the spirit of those passionate lovers who accepted death with a broad smile on their faces for our motherland.


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the commonwealth games was like a shining ray in a dark night for the tourism and hospitality industry which has already suffered a lot due to recession.  the owners of big and small hotels had expected a huge inflow of foreign tourists during this period. the main tourist locations around Delhi are

  • Agra and Fatehpurskri
  • Amritsar
  • Rajasthan
  • Haridwar
  • Shimla/Kullu/Manali

the small and big names of the hospitality industry have done great preparations for the event. increase in the number of rooms, up gradation of facilities, new cuisines are to name a few.

but will the tourists come to visit India as expected?

so far the things are not going good. although the tourists have started to come, the numbers are very disappointing for the industry. seeing the conditions so far, it is difficult to say that the expectations will be met.

what are the reasons for the reduced international traffic?

well there are many. first of all the delay in the preparation of the games village and the venues of the events have disappointed the public and sent a very bad(and wrong) message to the world about our infrastructural abilities.

secondly our country’s past is full of terrorist attacks and the incompetency of the government and the security forces to deal with such matters. the recent mumbai blasts could be taken for an example where 10 armed terrorists entered the commercial capital of India without any resistance. tell me who would like to risk his/her life for visiting India when there are so many other safe places to go.

even the media to some extent can be blamed for highlighting the drawbacks of the city and its preparations and a very little emphasis on the positive aspects. the hype on spread of dengue and spine flu has spoiled the mood of the players as well as the visitors. this has reduced the enthusiasm in the people. the level of excitement present six months back is missing. the people of delhi are moving out on vacations and are showing little interest in the games.

when the people of India are not willing to see the games then it is unlikely that many foreigners would come for the same. India is known for its hospitality, and i hope that many tourist get a taste of the real India. my best wishes are with Delhi.

Taj Mahal, Agra, India.

Taj Mahal, Agra, India.

culture has always been one of the most important factors affecting the business environment of a nation. no business could survive if the culture does not accept it. a good entrepreneur carefully analyses the cultural history and the various cultural diversities within the area of his operations.

India is the land of diversities. a secular nation where more than hundreds of languages are spoken in 28 states and 7 union territories. the mentality and behavior of people differ with region, religion, economic status etc. an entrepreneur has to carefully scan the culture of a place before carrying out his business. otherwise the business wont survive.

after 1991, India has witnessed the arrival of a lot of big multinational companies. especially in the consumer goods sector. however the growth of these multinationals have been limited to only a few cities of the country. the metropolitans seem to have an unparalleled number of big names of the industry compared to the others.

why are the small cities lagging behind?

cultural stagnation is the answer. yes, its the culture of these cities which is not allowing the proprietors and investors to take the risk. compared to the big cities of the country, the others have experienced a very nominal change in their culture. the people are not yet ready to accept the western way of living(culture is a very big term to use here). the open minded western philosophy has proved to be a bit too much for the not so educated Indian population. as a result, most of the foreign multinationals are yet not sure of their acceptance and profitability in these markets.

who is at loss?

obviously the people of the small cities. they are the ones who are missing out on opportunities. the wide range of products and services offered by these companies are not reaching these people. the foreign developed technology than can help in the development of the society and economy  are not being utilized to its fullest. furthermore these companies would invite competition in the market between these and the other local firms which would force them to bring better products and services and ensure consumer satisfaction. an increase in industrialization would generate more employment and income for the people.

another point to be noted is that these multinationals indulge in foreign direct investment. this creates infrastructure and the base for further development. moreover increase in their numbers also brings foreign exchange for the country. overall the huge prospects of development offered by the multinationals are being utilized only by less than a dozen of cities in the country while the rest are still waiting for their arrival.

what should be done?

the only solution is that people have start accepting the changes in the Indian culture. in today’s world of globalization, the people must move on with the changes across the world and stay up to date with the other economies. what is to be understood is that culture is not static but dynamic. it absorbs whatever comes to it and changes for the betterment of the society. India is famous for its rich cultural heritage, and a good and civilized culture is open to all mentalities and lifestyle habits. if the people want a change then they are the once who have to change themselves so that they can offer a better future to the comming generation who will decide the future of the country.

conclusion…

India is country with great possibilities of massive industrial development on the international level. only the society has to open up and welcome the entrepreneurs and have a broad outlook towards the goods and services they introduce to the economy.