Monday, June 15, 2015

What is making you feel proud today?

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Patriotism is a thing difficult to put into words. It is neither precisely an emotion nor an opinion, nor a mandate, but a state of mind -- a reflection of our own personal sense of worth, and respect for our roots. Love of country plays a part, but it's not merely love. Neither is it pride, although pride too is one of the ingredients. 
Patriotism is a commitment to what is best inside us all. And it's a recognition of that wondrous common essence in our greater surroundings -- our school, team, city, state, our immediate society -- often ultimately delineated by our ethnic roots and borders... but not always. 
Indeed, these border lines are so fluid... And we do not pay allegiance as much as we resonate with a shared spirit. 
We all feel an undeniable bond with the land where we were born. And yet, if we leave it for another, we grow to feel a similar bond, often of a more complex nature. Both are forms of patriotism -- the first, involuntary, by birth, the second by choice. 
Neither is less worthy than the other.―  Vera Nazarian 
Today I came across a YouTube video by the ‘The Makers of Things’, which is about India and how now is the time for India’s innovation, which finally seems to have come of age. Motto behind ‘The Makers of Things’ is to create a place that celebrates design and innovation!, where designers and innovators who are making beautiful things happen are featured - so they can spur more!.
Watching such videos always bring a lump in my throat thinking about how the perception about India and the innovative opportunities it presents is changing for the good. Social media has evolved in recent times and has its positives and not so positive impacts in society and arguments for and against are relative and subjective. One thing definitely positive about social media is the sharing of constructive knowledge and redefining the reach of the knowledge to a larger audience across the world. Sometime back Karl Moore had written a piece in Forbes The Best Way To Innovation An Important Lesson from India, in which Karl articulated it very well on why frugal innovation in India is a success story because of its limited financial resources. What Karl shared sometime back, India proved it by launching its ultra-budget spacecraft 'Mangalyaan' by becoming the first nation to succeed in sending a spacecraft into Mars' orbit on its very initial attempt.
India’s innovation success story is an idea whose time has come!