Your power will destroy you if you are not wise

“It is said ‘absolute power corrupts absolutely’. In your corrupted form, you will become arrogant, overconfident, boisterously proud and ruthless. You will develop a short fuse and tend to lose temper on facing even the slightest challenges and provocations from your critics. You will tend to speak without thinking, as your thinking capability will be eroded. Your will be drunk and intoxicated with power. You will become mentally imbalanced and stagger just like a heavily drunk alcoholic.

Once you are corrupted absolutely, your doom is certain and it is only a matter of time before that happens. In the scheme of things, you – as an individual – don’t really matter, except to yourself and your family, and your doom will be of no consequence to anyone, again, except to yourself and your family. But, as it happens more often than not, before you really bite the dust and disappear, you will have caused immense damage to many other people because you don’t exist in isolation. You are a part of several systems – family, community, organisation, country and the wider world. The extent of damage that you will possibly cause depends on how tall you are in terms of your stature (professional, social and political) and, therefore, how wide is your circle of influence. The higher you are, the greater will be the extent of the damage that you will potentially cause to others. History is full of examples of many such corrupted powerful individuals who caused immense damage to the world during their lifetime and long after their death.

Power on its own is highly whimsical, unstable, inflammable and volatile. It uses you without taking any blame on itself. It will make you do many wrong things when you are intoxicated. An unholy combination of unbridled power and immense wealth is the most dangerous cocktail and a toxic recipe for disaster. It will cost you your head, destroy your judgement and prudence, and bring you, and the wider world, nothing but doom. With power, therefore, it will be extremely imprudent to mix wealth. Prudence demands that wealth be kept away from power, just as a lighter is kept away from petrol or matches are kept away from gunpowder. Instead, mix power with wisdom so that it can be kept under heavy check and used solely for noble, selfless causes. Learn how nuclear power is kept carefully under check for reasons of unacceptable consequences.

Therefore, if you have the blessings of Goddess Durga, the Hindu goddess of power, and are drenched in power and strength, it will be prudent for you to also worship Goddess Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, instead of following Goddess Laxmi, the goddess of wealth. Distant past generations of Pandits in Kashmir firmly believed and advised their children: ‘If you follow Saraswati, Laxmi will follow you. But if you follow Laxmi, Saraswati will abandon you.’

In nutshell, Kashmiri Pandits advocated that wisdom and knowledge can always bring you wealth and prosperity but wealth alone will not make you wise, and because wisdom is essential for your overall progress, follow Saraswati. Note that Intelligence and wisdom are entirely two different terms. Intelligence can work in both positive and negative domains but wisdom only operates within a positive domain. There can be intelligent criminals, villains and demons, but there can only be wise saints.

In conclusion, your preference between Saraswati and Laxmi will decide whether you will become a saint or a demon, a hero or a villain, a leader or a tyrant. Figuratively, Saraswati will help you as a probiotic when you take antibiotics, or like a coolant in a radiator that keeps a hot engine cool and healthy.  Choose wisely and write your destiny.”… Bill K Koul (26 July 19)

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  1. We are a nation of 1.30 billion people. In another ten we will possibly overtake China and become the world’s most populous country. UN population division projects population of India reaching to the peak of 1.7 billion in 2060 before it decreases to 1.5 billion by 2100. Population not growing rate at a slower rate than it was projected by the UN. As per the last census of 2011 decadal growth was 17.64%, an appreciable drop of 3.51% when compared to decadal growth of the decade ending 2001. The decrease in growth rates is seen across the religions groups. It is a proven fact that the poor tend to keep more children. The reasons for this tendency are many, high infant mortality rates and need to add more earning hands are two of them. The rate growth of Muslim population has also reduced in tandem with reducing growth rates. The decadal growth rate of the Muslim population in 2011 was 24.60% and it was 29.52% for the decade ending 2001. There is a sharp drop of 4.92% whereas the drop in Hindu population is 2.16%. Taking into account the base effect, we can safely say that growth among the Muslim population is reducing in tandem. The talk of the Muslim population will outgrow Hindus is political rhetoric.
    The most important feature of our population is that we are the nation of young people. The average age of an Indian is 29 years ( it is 37 years in China and 48 years in Japan). Our 65% of the population is below 35 years of age and dependency ratio is only 0.8%. The nation has the population composition best suited for the acceleration of economic growth.
    Multinational Companies, economists, investors see India a robust emerging economy and its major asset is its young population. They are the future consumers of their products and services, and also they are their future workforce. The population in the developed economies is dwindling and the dependency ratio is increasing. So the expansion of consumption is likely to decrease in these and the demand of workforce for rendering service to the aged will increase, in these countries. The fall in consumption levels and the yawning gap of workforce requirement shall be filled by countries like India.
    Having a young population throws open an opportunity for a country to create a quality human capital that becomes the main driver of economic growth. This is called by economists as demographic dividend. India is right there. So our higher population growth in the past has turned into a blessing in disguise. We do not have the problem of population, at present. The population growth is on the decrease and to sharpen the rate of decrease through coercive means will be counterproductive. There is a proven fact that with an increase in economic and human development indicators the population growth decreases. The problem for India is not increasing the population and there is no need for government to intervene intrusively into controlling the population. If it does that, it would be waste of money and time. The most important issue is how India will leverage the demographic dividend. How it can create a quality human capital out of its young population? What it is doing in this direction? The two most important inputs for creating a quality workforce are education and health. Is India spending enough for these sectors? Is the spending directed at youth for getting quality education and good heath? India is spending much less than its peers in both education and health sectors Our outlay for 2019-20 is 3.4% of GDP and on heath, it is 2.5%. The budget outlay on both the sectors education and health must go up.
    The investors and Multi National companies have high hopes on India, that on young Indians. They see in them the future customers and workforce, and thus, drivers of the global economy in time to come. India must without wastage of time and energy work on its youth to create a quality human capital, a healthy and skilled workforce , innovative and risk-taking entrepreneurs and individual consumers and savers. Time is of great importance to leverage demographic dividend. In another ten years India will not be having the advantage it has today and if it fails to leverage it timely and fully, possibly India will then never make to higher income group country. It will get trapped in lower middle and at the most in middle group income nation. India, I feel, is not doing enough to leverage the demographic dividend it has. The investors, global business and commerce are looking betting on India favourably as of now. But you don’t know, things may change if they perceive that India is not doing enough.
    Economists, commentators and free lancers should prod government to do increase spendings in education and health sectors, open up the economy and make laws easier and transparent for businesses to proper.

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