CHAPTER-06 THE KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY

I feel so happy that I made this far in the journey with the author. The feel is beyond words. Why? I have had an urge to write a blog but due to my own state and conditions in life, I never could proceed beyond 3 posts! I feel marvelous and honestly this is all because of the author’s motivation which I endured over 2 months.

Beginning with the chapter, it took me on a heritage journey of India, where I got acquainted with its vivid potential in multiple-sects. According to the author, by the time Britishers left us divided, the youth had lowered aims and minimum satisfaction with earning for their livelihood.

‘India is essentially a land of knowledge and it must rediscover itself in this aspect. Once this rediscovery is done, it will not require much struggle to achieve the quality of life, strength and sovereignty of a developed nation.’

By far I have considered the analogy of nation as a human being (especially me as a person). If you are able to relate it in that way, I feel the true essence can be sanctify and with the awareness, we will be able to do something for the nation or at least for our society. Dr. Kalam mentioned knowledge in diversified forms, which could be acquired through education, information, intelligence and experience. It can be diversified from the field of academics to the broad dimensions of work cultures. One most important aspect of knowledge, which I learnt in this chapter, that it is acquired from various sources and mediums. It is generally linked to education but the essence, which mesmerized my perception, was its equal value coming from learnt skills i.e. practice or experience. Learning skills can be broadly described as the art in its various forms, such as, craftsmen, artists, hakims, vaidyas, philosophers and also the “housewives”.

Apart from these two, our consciousness, as per author, has also been molded by our rich heritage and cultural values. I felt great, when he mentioned our traditional villages with their unorthodox earthy wisdom.

I was made aware of the broader outline of knowledge and its significance beyond the concept of development. It is the premium stimuli of prosperity and power. While keeping the context of the nation, author praised the ‘culture of sharing’, which has been bestowed from our heritage values. As per author’s beliefs, India has also certain distinctive competencies, but, the awareness about them is inadequate.

“The ability to create and maintain the knowledge infrastructure to enhance skills and increase productivity through the exploitation of advances in various fields will be the key factors in deciding the prosperity of the society.”

Dr. Kalam mentioned two very important components of knowledge society, which are societal transformation and wealth generation. The former is with respect to education, healthcare, agriculture and governance, which could lead to employment generation, high productivity and rural prosperity. According to author, the latter should be wrapped around national competencies. In context to the nation, he added further:

“Evolving suitable policy and administrative procedures, changes in regulatory method, identification of partners and, most important, creation of young dynamic leaders are the components that have to be put in place.”

If you ask me how it is going to relate to our lives, then I must tell you that the leaders which the authors have mentioned overall, are none other than us only, we are the minds which he wanted to ignite!

We are given this responsibility, no matter which country we belong, shall always protect the heritage given to us by our elders and society. We need to preserve it for our future generations or else they would forget or may never get to know their origins.

Apart from that the author vividly explains the need to achieve equilibrium between rural and urban migration. I was amazed that Dr. Kalam hailed a very high magnitude of thinking. His life has been one amazing journey with hardship, perseverance and spirituality.

‘Visionaries don’t age!’

He told this to C. Subhramaniam, the father of Green Revolution in India as well as Dr.N Mahalingam, the academician and great industrialist. I can even add that visionaries never leave us at all. Their works and values are always sustained within the society.

One of the anecdote which I felt like mentioning here was the question by author to Azim Premji , the proud founder of Wipro. He asked, “How has Wipro reached its high stature in the business world?”

I would mention the Premji’s answer in his words only.  Premji replied “Dr. Kalam, I can say there are three aspects that come in my mind. One: Sweat for generations and the hard work of teams. Two: In Wipro we work for customer Delight. Three: a bit of luck. The third point will not be of any consequence if the first two aspects are not achieved. In Wipro, what we have tried to do is wealth generation with social concern. ”     

What I learnt from the above is that no matter what scale I gave my potential to work, I shall always mind my duty to pay back to the society I belong!

“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds: your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties, and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”

Maharishi Patanjali – Yogasutra.

And Finally I can conclude that the spirit of learning doesn’t need to be defined in terms of your status in society but indeed the value you are bestowed in the end. I felt distress because I thought I don’t have any position to prove my credentials as a novice chef, but today I realised that it is my journey and my focus to fill my knowledge bank over the years, which will define me or my value (which I will only measure once I am able to acknowledge and appreciate the moments).

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