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Third World India’s Third World (all knowing) mindset

From my FB page:

Changing India is very easy – requires a first world mindset.

In India everyone from top to bottom has a Third World mindset – which is essentially a “know all” mindset.

A First World mindset is about admitting ignorance and asking questions. That is not found in India even in ONE person, All my IAS batchmates are 100 per cent know alls. And all of India’s politicians and all of India’s business leaders .

Indians need to be humble – VERY humble – and admit that they know very little (next to nothing), Then the change will take place very quickly.

Sanjeev Sabhlok

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6 thoughts on “Third World India’s Third World (all knowing) mindset
  1. Bhanu shukla

    Sanjeev I am not as brilliant as you and not even very adept in English, its my humble request to you please write your posts in Hindi, So that people can easily understand thing. I always share your posts on my fb wall but due to lack of understanding people don’t read them. If you start writing small articles in simple Hindi, story like format I am sure your reach will be greater and even lots of people will share your posts too.

     
  2. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    Thanks for your suggestion, Bhanu. Two things – a) I’m no longer very fluent in Hindi and b) the time to write in Hindi is a significant multiple of the time to write in English, so I’m afraid I’ll have to pass.

    All my public engagements (e.g. blog/ writings/ political work) take place in my extremely limited spare time from my main job. Hence I must be as efficient as possible in my communications.

     
  3. Rakesh Mittal

    Dear Sanjeev,
    It was amazing to note that you gave up so easily by offering bogus excuse, like we Indians are ever ready to offer for not doing a job. For translation of your blogs in Hindi there will be many who would be willing to do. You can always count on yours truly.
    Regards,
    Rakesh Mittal

     
  4. Lin

    “In India everyone from top to bottom has a Third World mindset – which is essentially a “know all” mindset…”
    As a long time Chinese observer of India, I think it’s not the basic problem.
    Let me dissect.
    –India is an old civilization with huge population and aspires to become a big power if not a superpower. It’s not unusual. Ancient Bharat has a major cultural characteristics that ancient hindus wrote much more mythological tales than proper historical/chronological records. The first serious historian on the Indian sub-continent,if I remember right, was a foreign muslim who served the muslim conqueror king. My thesis is the ancient hindu society was functionally localised or atomised as long as caste hierachy was observed. Governance was not a major concern neither was long term planning.

    — For a variety of reasons, India hasn’t made good progress since independence, as against regular chest beating by people such as President Kalam who predicted India would’ve become a superpower by 2012. India has become a ‘Pride Deficient’ country, so much so to heal such mental tremor,P.M. Modi claimed the ancient hindus had advanced technology that the elephant god ganesh was the result of xeno-transplanting an elephant head to a human torso. The “know all mindset” you mentioned is just another defense mechanism of such ‘Pride Deficiency’. The best example however should be the ‘Out of India’ claim of India being the birth place of the ‘aryan race’.

    I personally conclude that the whole thing is a deep issue of being and identity(real or confused)

     
  5. Raj

    Um, Bhanu, how about you translate Sanjeev’s posts? I’m convinced we would have to reach out to the masses in fair time, and I sense that time is fast approaching and it won’t be long before we’d have to take the plunge to reach the *real* common man, the farmer and the informal sector Urban India worker about the need for liberty, and how the government is trampling on their rights.

    It would do great good if you could take this on yourself, at least once a while, Bhanu. The choice is yours and I’ll leave the rest to your wisdom.

     
  6. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    Dear Rakesh

    The request from Bhanu was for me to write in Hindi, not about Hindi translations. Hindi translations of this blog are not really needed, translations of some articles/ book/s might be better.

    BFN can benefit from translation. Mr Kandpal started it in 2008 and left it mid-way. Similarly, a few articles might be worth translating. Let me know how you are placed with time (BFN can take a long time to translate!)

     

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