2008-09-01

What are you patriotic to?

Capt. Raghu Raman (of Mahindra Special Services) was at ISB during our times at ISB. He had worked at Siachen. He asked us a simple question - why do jawans work so hard at Siachen and such other godforsaken places. Mind you, they get paid peanuts for such work. Many people said patriotism and such like. He said, respect for boss/leader as the principal reason. I would assume, also money, however little it is, as an equally important reason.

Patrotism is not about standing up to national anthem. Nor is it supporting one's cricket team. What are you patriotic to. A country? What is a country? I would like to believe that a country is its people.

I believe that if you are patriotic, one thing that you need to do is work hard. Earn a lot of money. Pay taxes; spend money; employ people- give them salaries; and invest a little bit in the form financial instruments. Don't hoard gold or be stingy.

More people will, thus, be better off. You will be patriotic - to the people and thus to the country.

PS: a lots of money is not necessarily a corollary of hard work; other error factors play a role. but to make money, there is no other consistent alternative.

2 comments:

Phaniendra said...

Hi Vijay

Can you please share "The Minto Pyramid Principle: Logic in Writing, Thinking, & Problem Solving " ie if you have a soft copy

Thank you
phaniendra.m@gmail.com

itheabsolute said...

Hi Phani

Don't have a soft copy. Let me chk if I can get a link where you can download.

Cheers

2008-09-01

What are you patriotic to?

Capt. Raghu Raman (of Mahindra Special Services) was at ISB during our times at ISB. He had worked at Siachen. He asked us a simple question - why do jawans work so hard at Siachen and such other godforsaken places. Mind you, they get paid peanuts for such work. Many people said patriotism and such like. He said, respect for boss/leader as the principal reason. I would assume, also money, however little it is, as an equally important reason.

Patrotism is not about standing up to national anthem. Nor is it supporting one's cricket team. What are you patriotic to. A country? What is a country? I would like to believe that a country is its people.

I believe that if you are patriotic, one thing that you need to do is work hard. Earn a lot of money. Pay taxes; spend money; employ people- give them salaries; and invest a little bit in the form financial instruments. Don't hoard gold or be stingy.

More people will, thus, be better off. You will be patriotic - to the people and thus to the country.

PS: a lots of money is not necessarily a corollary of hard work; other error factors play a role. but to make money, there is no other consistent alternative.

2 comments:

Phaniendra said...

Hi Vijay

Can you please share "The Minto Pyramid Principle: Logic in Writing, Thinking, & Problem Solving " ie if you have a soft copy

Thank you
phaniendra.m@gmail.com

itheabsolute said...

Hi Phani

Don't have a soft copy. Let me chk if I can get a link where you can download.

Cheers