what might hurt the indian middle class
It is, therefore, dangerous, harmful and counterproductive for the Indian middle class to do any, some or all of the following things any more:
- simply talk, talk, talk, and not walk the talk;
- habitually criticise or blame governments, politicians, authorities, officials, businesses, others for society’s problems;
- be disinterested, indifferent, ignorant, irresponsible or silent about the larger issues that not only threaten their own very survival and future but that of the planet itself;
- cite excuses like “I’m shy”, “I’m busy”, “I’m introverted”, “I’m reserved”, “I’m a family type of person”, “I’m not outgoing”, “I’m a small person with no power, so can’t/won’t attempt big things”, “I’m ignorant”, “I’m wise, I know my own limitations, so I won’t be idealistic, I won’t chase Utopian dreams”, “I’m lazy”, “I’m not an intellectual”, “I’m not an orator / thinker / philosopher”, “I’m risk-averse”, or, worse, “I can’t be bothered. I care a damn. I care two hoots”.
It is necessary that most of the middle-class Indians, spanning the Boomers (those born in the 1950-65 period), the Generation X (1965-1985), the Millennials (Gen Y; 1986-2000), and the Gen Z (2000 onward), should evolve quickly and develop a global mindset.
It is essential that they must learn new skills (like public speaking, effective communication and ability to use technology creatively, productively, to name just a few), rather than living steady, cautious, predictable, cocooned or detached, even unconscious, almost zombie-like lives in their respective domains, vocations or professions.
It would be a real shame if they die without actualizing their full potential, without realizing their dreams, just like their grandparents and ancestors may have done.
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