The Men who gave us back our Manhood – Remembering the revolutionaries

The murder of a leader respected by millions of people at the unworthy hands of an ordinary police official . . . was an insult to the nation, It was, the bounden duty of young men of India to efface it . .

(Poster put up by the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association, after Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad and Rajguru avenged the death of Lala Lajpat Rai by killing Saunders at Lahore , 17/12/1928)

It is ironical when I see right wingers appropriate legends such as Shaheed Bhagat Singh on his martyrdom day, for,  if they care to dig what he stood for, they would find themselves precisely the architects of the order he wished to overthrow.

These revolutionaries were no ordinary gentlemen. Bhagat Singh died at the age of 23, but his writings as part of the HSRA, Naujwan Sabha, or while he was in jail were extraordinary. His understanding of the national movement, the decline after the sudden withdrawal of the Non-Cooperation Movement, the need for acts of individual heroism and a carefully calibrated approach towards carving out a communist ideology can easily rival the moderate leaders of the movement.

Perhaps there are some chapters that we need to rewrite on why India needed such heroic men for its cause. It is rightly said that these men gave us back our manhood. That the Britishers were rattled, they knew that it was not going to be business as usual, and that their days were numbered. If only we had listened to these men earlier, perhaps the ‘Quit India’ or ‘Do or Die’ slogans need not have waited 13 years after that fateful day on 23rd March’1931.

These revolutionaries should not be reduced to commemorations, ceremonies or statues. Remembered one day, forgotten the next. They should be read and their ideas be given new dimensions. If we see a society, completely opposite on the lines envisioned by these legends, we shall work towards carving out an alternate one. That I believe, can be the real tribute to the ‘Sons of India’.

Bhagat Singh used to say:

Oye Pippli deya patteya oye, kaadi Khadkhad Khadkhad layi ae,

Puraane patte chhad gaye saare, hun rut naveya di aayi ae

( O leaf of the Peepal tree, why do u flutter and make so much noise.

The days of the old are gone, the age of the young is here)

Let’s not romanticize them. Understand them. Long Live Revolution.

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The Intention

“Nothing in the world—indeed nothing even beyond the world—can possibly be conceived which could be called good without qualification except a good will” – Immanuel Kant

Why is Good Will such an important cornerstone for Kant in all his works? The answer is simple; this idea of good will implies two important things for Kant. First, the moral disposition we acquire should be absolute and no desirable object should allow us to forfeit such dispositions.  Second, it is imperative that we nurture these moral convictions and maintain them as all other traits stand in dependence to these. All other desirable traits are worth having on the simple fact that acquiring such desirable does not mean giving up on long standing fundamental beliefs.

Why Is Kant relevant now than ever before?

Modern technologies have totally transformed the way businesses operate in the 21st century. The complex economic interactions has reduced the world into a global village where an Indian company Micromax can edge out a heavyweight like Samsung ; and where a Haldiram can surprise the pundits by clocking more revenue than combined might of McDonalds and Dominos. It is such unpredictability that should force businesses to introspect on how to succeed in this competitive marketplace.

Contrary to capitalistic tendencies which focus on the relentless pursuit of profit, there are other qualifiers in play today which enable businesses to stand out from the heap. This is where we should return to Kant. While it is important to address the ‘How’ part of generating profit, the more important question is to address the ‘Why’.  The businesses which have the right intent from the start are almost always on firm footing irrespective of the changing dynamics. The intent is not a mere statement that hangs proudly as the centre piece of the workplace. It is an ideology that resonates through everything the business does.

Core Values

This premise brings to the forefront something that is or should be the heart of our enterprise: their core values. Edvour as a provider of educational exposure programs understand its role in the knowledge economy, where it plays a small but significant part in shaping lives of young learners in their pursuit towards excellence in their fields of choice. Its core values i.e. Integrity, Trust and Respect, Value Creation, Innovation, Customer Delight, and Developing a Learning Paradigm provide the vital foundation in offering quality programs to young learners.