Over my years of consulting experience, on numerous occasions I have remembered the great Indian freedom fighters like Bhagat Singh, Mahatama Gandhi, Subhashji and wondered how did they manage to fight a battle with so much conviction and vigour when the goal was hardly visible - today we know India is politically free, but in their days they were only driven by a glimmer of a hope. Even more worthy of appreciation are the families of the freedom fighters –think of those who never made to any history book – who allowed their husbands, children, grandchildren to take up this highly risky, unsure routes at the cost of their own happiness.
I always wondered what gave them that spirit - it can only be the hope of a Free India – that I guess is Power of spirit of Freedom unplugged.
And today, when India is marching towards economic freedom, towards Super-Powerdom, I stand here awaiting my Bhagat Singhs and Gandhis…
For me entrepreneurs are the economic freedom fighters of India. For me entrepreneurs like Bhagat singh and Mahatma Gandhi are the need of the hour. But today out there in the market they don’t produce such personalities anymore it seems. Out there, there is a blind tug-of-war to take up big sounding degrees in the name of education, all in the hope of a fat pay check. But what they don’t realize is unless there are great enterprises, there can’t be fat pay-checks and the MNCs would not pay fat checks if supply exceeds demand. Unfortunately the families have also got used to lifestyles beyond their means – so who cares about economic freedom of India. The society as a whole has reached such a stage today the self-made entrepreneur coming in a Nano will be frowned upon and a Vice-President coming in a Audi or other luxury car will be looked up to.
It is not that we don’t have a Steve jobs, or a Bill gates in India – we may have 100s of them in the backyard, but we just don’t have the right E-ecosystem (Entrepreneurial Ecosystem) that nurtures them. Parents scorn them, wives ridicule them, children sneer at them, friends deride them, society taunts them, bankers scoff at them, government taxes them– and against all these, they have to take on the dynamic markets.
Not once, not twice – this is the story of the Indian entrepreneur 9 out of 10 times. I know there are some handful of world-class business leaders produced by India – but what about those unsung thousands who never made anywhere– who being ashamed of some of the early day failures, are hiding behind various pretexts to escape from the scornful eyes of their loved ones – people who have buried their fire and drive deep within in the name of family responsibility.
If India has to be a super power, it has to earn its economic freedom and for that we need thousands and thousands of these economic freedom fighters on the streets. Through Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship, management and technology [IIEMT] my humble dream to put together an ecosystem that will harbor such potential. Starting with hardcore entrepreneurial education the idea is to build up a complete framework for entrepreneurship in the years to come.
So my appeal to all those aspiring, driven, committed Indian is,
Come, let’s create more jobs,
Come, let’s celebrate entrepreneurship,
Come, lets create a society which feels proud of economic freedom fighters,
Come let’s make India the greatest Super-power ever.
Jai Hind. Proud to be an Entrepreneur