what potential do you truly see for India to come into its own?
They need principles.
If you watch Indian politics, one of the most amazing things is that many popular politicians switch parties constantly. Not just people on the "edge", I'm talking about powerhouses in one party jumping over and joining the complete opposite party. This article says that 405 state legislators ran for a different party in 2020 than they had run for in 2016
. 405 politicians in office switching parties in just 4 years!!! All they need is for the other party to promise them more power or a better position, and they'll switch parties at the drop of a hat. There are famous politicians who have belonged to 3, 4, 5 different parties. And their voters go with them. It's as if neither the politician nor his voters had any connection to the principles of their party whatsoever, it's just pure power politics.
I think this explains a lot of the stagnancy in India. There's no excuse for India being a solid democracy for 80 years and yet still one of the most corrupt nations in the world. There's no excuse for India having incredible natural resources, human resources, and geopolitical positioning, and yet still having nearly 40% of the world's illiterate population. There's no excuse for people still shytting on sidewalks, there's no excuse for an almost entirely absent trash system, no excuse for the caste system. They have the 3rd most billionaires in the world and yet nearly 20% of urban Indians live in slums.
For India to fulfill its potential, they have to get united around some larger common vision or principles that are deeper than "power is good", "make money", and "go India". The problem with Hinduism is that unless you follow one of the transcendent gurus, it doesn't really push you to anything better in life or preach socially unifying principles. That's why so many incredible people in Indian history were influenced by Buddhism (Ashoka, Ambedkar), or Islam (Guru Nanak), or by Christianity (Gandhi, Madhusudan Das), or secular humanism (Nehru, most social activists today). The Indian state that has often been highest on important social indicators is Kerela, which has been run by a mix of Christians and atheist Communists for the last 50 years.
I'm not saying that India has to stop being Hindu, but they have to latch onto some
sort of unifying ethical framework that leads them to reach for something higher. They're not finding that in mainstream Hinduism and they're certainly never going to find it in Hindu Nationalism.
If you look at the three greatest reformers who shaped modern India, you have Gandhi (influenced by Christianity and British society), Nehru (influenced by Buddhism, British society, and secular humanism), and Ambedkar (influenced by Buddhism and American/Western society). None of the three would have been motivated to reform if they had stuck with their traditional values.
granted, I'm still learning about the indian influence in the region, namely that it seems to not really exist and they're just this vast untapped resource of talent and influence by sheer size, not out of actual effort.
For example, they're WAY more culturally relevant than china which is kinda ironic if you think bout it... from music to movies etc. I mean next to Japan and Korea...china ain't got shyt for its size compared to India or the rest of Asia.. and they RUNNING Fortune 500's around the world...I mean they got the UK prime minister, various Canadian leadership positions, and a US VP...id say their stock is rising.
but its like they just didn't really take it...it sorta defaulted to them since the world didn't want china
Yeah, I'd agree with that. They have influence solely by sheer numbers, but they have no control over that influence.
It's crazy to look at the differences between China's development and India's. If you look at the 1950s or 1960s, you would assume that India would be the nation on a better footing. They were wealthier than China, they weren't as war-torn, they didn't have a Mao killing everyone and fukking up everything. Yet in the last 50 years China has done so much to educate its entire population, to lift people out of poverty, to move up on so many social indicators despite still being a place of government control and oppression. And India has gotten rich yet in terms of actual social change or global influence it can't do shyt.