A New Movement
As India celebrated 75 years of Independence, Har Ghar Tiranga (the national flag in every home) was all the rage, little realising that the nation may be free from the British, but the British Raj 2.0 mindset of control and division, extraction and exploitation still pervades every party and government with the result that the people are still slaves to those in power. With the politicians running an anti-prosperity machine, it is little surprise that India is still a poor nation with vast swathes of the country resembling sub-Saharan Africa. Given freedom, Indians prosper as those outside India in countries with economic freedom have demonstrated. The question that every Indian should be asking is: why are we poor?
What India needs is a new mass movement: Har Ghar Lakshmi. Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Translated, this would mean prosperity for every family. Without prosperity, a billion Indians continue to suffer in silence, living life on government handouts even as the politicians debate what constitutes freebies and what is welfare. The question that should be debated is what it will take to make Indians rich, but no one is even asking that.
Har Ghar Tiranga works because it inspires nationalistic pride. The national flag is a visible symbol. It also serves as a good distraction from day-to-day troubles. In contrast, Har Ghar Lakshmi has no symbol. Freedom and prosperity are felt in actions; there is no easy demonstration effect that can go viral. Maybe freedom from government dole is the answer because all that the handouts succeed in doing is keep people poor for another generation.
And yet, Lakshmi is what Indians need – for a future which can be dramatically better than the present. Lakshmi’s conjoined twin is Swatantra (freedom). The two come together. With Indians believing that we are a free people just because the British handed over power and exited the country is perhaps the biggest falsehood perpetrated on a nation. India’s new rulers after 1947 simply continued what the British did, and therefore the outcome has not changed dramatically. India could have been at $20-30,000 per capita income; Indians languish at a tenth of that. Just because a small fraction of Indians have a lifestyle comparable to that of Americans does not mean that all Indians are rich.
This is why we need a movement that unites all Indians behind a single mission: freedom and prosperity. Har Ghar Lakshmi is that idea, where people unite to oust the real enemies of India (the politicians and their parties), install a new set of leaders who dismantle the anti-prosperity machine, set the people on an irreversible path to prosperity, and finally, create new rules for the nation to ensure no future politicians and governments can take their freedom and prosperity away.
Har Ghar Lakshmi needs a new understanding of what creates and destroys wealth, how a new political platform is needed with women at the forefront, and how the ideas of Web3 can play a pivotal role in the Indian Revolution.