The Undeveloped Indian Psyche

Oct 15, 2010
India is ranked the third most influential country in the world because of its growth in economy and technology, infrastructure and workforce production. Many have tried to change the face of India. But has India really changed from deep within? What is that which blocks India from realizing Kalam’s ‘Vision 2020?’

India is blessed with the largest number of natural resources in the world. It is also rich in population. There are many who wish to bring its culture and traditions to the fore. But most important of all is the fact that despite 60 and more years of independence India still remains the same at the grass roots level. The young India is not oriented enough to choose the way that will facilitate India’s actual development. The judiciary is doing fine coming to the rescue of key issues with prompt response.

Development is possible. But it is primarily the politicians who confuse the people by mixing religion with politics. Why has the Indian system remained the same? Who are we to blame?

We cannot totally blame the politicians, because it is we who elect them to serve our land, seldom demanding anything from them once they get elected. We just fulfill our obligations and sit still. All this hampers the progressive march of our growing nation.

So then, there are the major issues that need introspection at the grass roots level (core issues):

a) Educational flaw
b) Lukewarmness to injustice
c) Unresolved divisional society

Educational Flaw:

The education system in our country today has changed for the worse. It has begun to shut the natural creative thought process in children. The only goal is to be bookworms to produce photocopy of what you swallow. Indian children are not being allowed to raise their voices in classrooms. No one is encouraged to think beyond the course material. If there are too many questions the teacher often shuts up the student in a hurry to finish the portion.

Eg: How many colours are there in the rainbow?
Ans: Seven
Why are they different?
Ans: Because of their wavelength.
No one wishes to go further and ask what does this phenomenon teaches us humans? What is its significance in our life, our earth and for our nation? There seems to be no analysis ever and no instances of disagreeing with the teacher. Anything and everything is to be accepted. No one seems to takes the matter out of class.
Lukewarmness to Injustice:

Indians seem to have a sober attitude to injustice. This comes from the casual environment that has existed around us for decades. Injustice has been borne with by the dalits, the adivasis since time immemorial, and that has made us thick-skinned and apathetic. It is nothing but what is to be accepted and lived with. “Come on, let’s just move on” seems to be the philosophy of most people.

Don’t most of us lie about our age when we buy a bus or a train ticket, claiming to be five years less than the actual age? Don’t we get caste certificates for school or other purposes by paying small little bribes? This has naturally been observed and absorbed by innocent children who are given to understand that 'anything goes.' We actually don’t care to fight against unjust structures and values of various officials and offices.

“Just chill chill, just chill,” the song of the Hindi movie ‘Race’ seems to be the mantra of today's populace towards injustice. "Why fight when no one else has questioned?" seems to be the unanimous response of most citizens.

Unresolved Divisional Society:
We are taught from childhood to respect our cultural, traditional and religious value systems. Caste seems to colour each and every aspect of the cultural ethos of our country. ‘Fate’ is the key word that is accepted by the majority of Indians. Cultural and religious beliefs have strongly been rooted in the psyche of most citizens. It is a sorry sight to see parents tell their children during celebration of feasts that those others who do not celebrate as they do are different from them.
Elections reveal the true colour of the above aspect. There's bias regarding minorities. Dalits vote for dalits, Thakurs for Thakurs, Reddys for Reddys, Vokkaligas for Vokkaligas, Lingayats for Lingayats.
When we choose a cable or a mobile connection do we really see caste or status to select Airtel, Tata Sky, Vodafone, Idea and so on? Don’t we choose that which assures us the best service and the best offers? Then why vote on the basis of caste.


Our mindset needs a change for the better, for a better India. Outer development without inner transformation of the Indian core/psyche is not worth praising. The ‘Suffering Bharat’ must rise. Our children should be better equipped not just to acquire knowledge but must imbibe an analytical mind that views and reviews issues of concern. Corruption and division of society based on caste will ensure that India remains the same at the core.
Our filmmakers seem to focus their works on the above issues but have at most times been driven by the demands of entertainment and have not been able to encourage people to bring about change.

We need a renewed attitude to change India at the core. Honest and young, hardworking and broad-minded individuals need to come forward to heal the Indian psyche. Working hand in hand to develop the undeveloped Indian core is the immediate need when we speak of development.


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Comment on this article

  • Jerald D'Souza, Nakre/Anekal

    Thu, Oct 28 2010

    well written, keep up the good work.

  • Cyril SJ, Gulbarga

    Mon, Oct 25 2010

    Excellent Job! Lancy in spite of your busy schedule you have time for such research! great keep it up.Bring in some change in the lives of children in the campus of Loyola Mundgod.

  • Cyril C SJ, SAC

    Mon, Oct 25 2010

    Excellent effort Lancy. Congratz.

  • Rayan, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 25 2010

    Good article..............

    Keep up your good work Lancy

  • nazeer, Mangalore - Abu Dhabi

    Sat, Oct 23 2010

    Good thinking Lancy and very good article. Yes, every one dreams changes but difficult in real application. I hope this article atleast make some difference. Expect more thoughts from you. Good luck Lancy write more.

  • Robert Fernandes, Udyavar / Dubai

    Thu, Oct 21 2010

    Thought provoking article by Lancy Fernandes. Thanks, look forward to read more from you.

    Analysis of this kind, awareness, debates and more open discussions can probably contribute to some extent in invigorating the way we Indians think and act.

    Our educational institutions can play a major roll by instilling true sense of patriotism in every student, which is need of the hour.

  • Fr Francis D'souza SJ, Bijapur

    Tue, Oct 19 2010

    Lancy, good article. Keep it up. There are not many Indians left in India. We have only Tamilians, Kannadigas, Gujaratis, Goans, Gowlis, Siddis, Kurubas, Vokkaligas,Banajigas, Lamanis, south Indians, north Indians, etc. Most of the people do not look beyond their caste and accept the other as his/her brother/sister.

  • Brian Pereira, Bangalore

    Mon, Oct 18 2010

    Good one Lancy. Keep it up.

  • roshan, mangalore

    Mon, Oct 18 2010

    its realy true............good article the best

  • Rekha , Dubai

    Sun, Oct 17 2010

    Same in Gulf. Here one subject Social Studies is only about their religion and culture. Nothing besides that. No option. To score the marks children must learn.

  • latha, mangalore

    Sun, Oct 17 2010

    Dear lancy
    very good article,congratulations

  • vanita, Dubai

    Sun, Oct 17 2010

    Good article Lancy. How could anyone change the education system. Children are bookworks and they are bound to learn what is taught in school. for eg. teacher was teaching my son about evolution. He questioned his teacher saying according to bible god created man. he told the teacher (was a christian too) the statement is contradicting. he was given a warning letter from his teacher. Can anyone change the Indian educational system???

  • Valson Mendonsa, Mangalore/USA

    Sat, Oct 16 2010

    "The Undeveloped Indian Psyche" is a good article..
    Itz all depends on legal system of the country, when you see Western countries or Middle Eastern countries, you will notice that, equality amoung the citizens- that means, all are living in the same standred and force follow the legal system of the country.
    India is like a "Intelligent VS Idiots".In India people are Intelligent BUT politicians are Idiots and they are the route cause for all kinds of distruction of the country, ofcourse they are elected by the people not by choice, people of India have weakness and blindness when it comes to cultural and religious issues..

  • AZ, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 16 2010

    Dear Mr. Lancy,
    You have written very well and very true.
    You have many questions!!!
    Just one Ans: Mera Bharath Mahan,
    Sau me se nabhe bhaiman!!!
    It's a viscious circle.

  • Adam, Manipal

    Sat, Oct 16 2010

    Path of least resistance, incentives and market forces. It is not in the roots, look for new seeds.


  • Antony Herbert Crasta, Mangalore/Sydney,Australia

    Fri, Oct 15 2010

    India is a nation of extreme democracy where the laws and the judicial systems are too liberal (even the murderer can sometimes get away through bribes, etc) and under such a Government system, it is very difficult to solve some of the problems that have been highlighted and discussed in the article, and especially so, because of its diversity of culture, religion and social systems and also because of its massive population, majority of which are illiterate and poor. Until and unless the population is controlled like China did over the years, and there is full literacy, the multi-caste and social systems will remain - the rich will thrive more and more, and the poor will remain poor. Perhaps, perfect situation can exist only in a combined system of Government, viz. democracy with an element of dictatorship, secularism, socialism and communism, which of course, is very difficult to adapt and won`t be an ideal system though.

  • donald, Toronto

    Fri, Oct 15 2010

    We indians shine outside India so well but we don't put the same efforts when we work inside India,I am very overjoyed to see so many IT guys from middle class families shine like nobody's has shined inside the country and I am happy to see the forward classes really doing well atlast a stage has come inside India where merit has led the way to prosperity

  • adshenoy, mangloor

    Fri, Oct 15 2010

    Here's the situation. Let us be Indians first and let us treat India as India rather than copy cats -individulals and nations.
    The main problem of Indians is we all who want to be others or other nations.
    We have to evolve over time to overcome our flaws and be prepared to forge ahead with our young making it a point-India first and Indians first and be unique.
    Compmared to many nations, India has many faiths, cultures and above all a population that has become the economic hub to drive other nations economies.
    India has much of the natural resources as the article mentions and because of these may other countries industry is coming in only to exploit the resources only to evaporate one day.
    India must be pragmatic and think clearly what India wants to be- like other nations or be India.

    Younger generation must forge ahead and eliminate our deep rooted corruption psyche and eliminate poverty before we aspire to be a nation like many who have no cultures, multi-languages and traditions to say the least.
    Should we compete with other nations or should we be us.

  • Fr. Andrew Leo, Mangalore

    Fri, Oct 15 2010

    Congratulations dear Bro. Lancy. It is really enlightening article. may God bless you.may many more good works may comew out of your brilliant mind.Great are the parents who gave you birth. many more may read this article and be enlighetend. all the best.

  • Gracy Pinto, Bangalore

    Fri, Oct 15 2010

    Very interesting and educative article. Congratulations Lancy, keep it up. I hope more number of people read and emulate it. God Bless.

  • A.S.Mathew, U.S.A.

    Fri, Oct 15 2010

    Great article. Even though India
    is growing as an economic giant
    and drawing respect from the community of naions, still we are
    insulated in the outmoded traditons
    in every aspect of life.
    We are exposed to the changes in the world, however we are not yet
    ready to jump into the parade, but standing behind as curious onlookers. We are ahead of others
    in blindly following the trends in
    food and outfit revolutions, but
    keeping intact in the deeply
    rooted traditions.

    At first, as you have indicated,
    change the system of education. Make the students to think for
    themselves and to be participants
    in the studies. Whatever our family elders told us to do, we
    did likewise without any question.

    The education system has followed
    the same. Even if the teacher
    teaches false lessons, no student
    can question him. Let us start
    with the eductional system, start
    from the bottom to mould the
    children to be creative and
    indepently thinking individuals.
    Also, start from the college level
    to reprogram the students to be
    self-reliant in studies. Producing
    masses of college graduates without
    any creating thinking is a dangerous trend.

  • Olga B Noronha, Mangalore

    Fri, Oct 15 2010

    Scholastic Lancy, Your article very aptly pin-points the malaise that afflicts our Indian society. I hope that many are enlightened by reading your article,thus leading to a marked attitudinal change ! Keep up the good work !

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