Sub-themes

1. Understanding India:

India has been a world in itself, unique and incomparable. Its rich heritage, diversity, the underlying currents unity, myriad forms of expression, its promises of infinite possibilities etc. have always baffled every one today as it did yesterday. With all its strengths, weakness, aspirations and new found confidence, India, is being looked upto as reckoning force of the future years. India, can shoulder this responsibility in an effective way if the youth have a better appreciation India’s time-tested wisdom and universal values.

2. Research & Innovation:

The birth of an idea is just a spark that ignites further curiosity. But it takes a Herculean effort of a comprehensive understanding that provides the idea fuel to grow into a full-blown fire and become feasible. This fuel is nothing but research. Innovation that is not limited to products & services or processes & technologies, but also extends to the realm of Ideas & Thought Processes, is aimed as much at staying ahead in the race as it is towards responding to new challenges and situations. Where novel Ideas are honoured and see the light of the day, Innovation occurs. But if we look the figures we have stopped innovating and even stopped recognizing the innovation of several thousands of people located in rural India. Reports suggest that out of the total patent applications filed in India around 75% of them are foreign application and it is time that we start innovating more and recognize the innovators of tomorrow. We at Think India believe that in India Research should be applicable for future and recurring problems also and Innovation transcends the barriers of scientific laboratories to the society and the individual.

3. Sustainability & Entrepreneurship:

That India is fast growing and, if this growth continues, we have the potential to become the best and claim the place right on the pedestal is no understatement. It is achievable and rightly so. But what we are today forgetting in this race to the top is the culture and system of values that the world learns from India. For example, 177 countries became co-sponsors to the idea of World Yoga Day, making it a never-before seen record. But do we all understand the real essence and meaning of Yoga? Think India believes that while we have done wonders in all fields to make human life more simple and efficient, we have left behind our roots somewhere which is a necessity for sustaining the hard earned success. With this thought in mind if any Entrepreneur puts in his skills & uncanny abilities to take risks, embrace innovation, efficiency, productivity and forge ahead can usher in social transformation.

4. Social Entrepreneurship:

India in its glorious past paved way for many whose lives would have been in dark and without hope. The land of Swami Vivekananda must ensure that we continue to be the pioneers of social change. India must continue to be society’s change agents and disrupt the status quo to change the world into a better living place for all. Social Entrepreneurship envisages the principles to organise, create and manage a venture to solve an identified social problem or to achieve a social change. Social Capital, the performance indicator of the social entrepreneurship, is a new way looking at social stabilizing factors – culture, traditions and social linkages. Think India believes in the power of young minds who can change the society by catching hold of opportunities that others miss by inventing new approaches and advance sustainable solution that create social value

5. India – Why hasn’t the world recognized it as a global power?

India – commonly referred to as a developing country, emerging super power or at the most Asian super power. Isn’t it strange? Natural factors like abundance of mineral resources, favorable climatic conditions, strategic location on Indian Ocean combined with our achievements like maintaining a relatively stable economy and a stable democratic form of government in the midst of economic recessions and social turmoil in the rest of the world. Not just these, with world’s largest youth population India already is in the top 3 slots in sectors which matter the most– like military capability, educational, space research capability and using it for universal peace, modern ventures like medical & sports tourism, etc. To top all these ours is the richest and oldest surviving culture since time immemorial. Analysing these factors clearly indicate if we aren’t a global power then who is?

6. Education – changes our thought process ?

The learned are said to have eyes, but the unlearned have (merely) two sores in their face.
(Thirukural verse: 393)
The learning, which a man has acquired in one birth, will yield him pleasure during seven births.
(Thirukural verse: 398)
Learning is the true imperishable riches; all other things are not riches.
(Thirukural verse: 400)

These verses from Thirukural, a famous Tamil literature written around 1st century BC portrays the value, given by the forefathers of present day Indians, to education. Moreover the archeological proofs emerging in recent years about the existence of centers of higher learning in Takshashila, Nalanda dating back to several centuries BCE shows the rich knowledge base we would have had.

Also quoting from the same author
Let a man learn thoroughly whatever he may learn, and let his conduct be worthy of his learning.
(Thirukural verse: 391)
It is the part of the learned to give joy to those whom they meet, and on leaving, to make them think (Oh! when shall we meet them again).
(Thirukural verse: 394)

This shows the real need of education, neither to make ends meet nor to make a lavish career. Education has to impact the thought process and mend the character of a person, which should reflect in his actions and peculate to others. Does our present day education system does any pinch of this? If not who is responsible and what is the way out?

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