As India and the nations around the globe hope for the slowdown of the third wave of Covid-19, the voices in the background are already alerting us for the fourth wave! They will then say the fifth is coming and so on. So the mute question is should be continue to live in fear and uncertainty or prepare for the ‘Robust Future Defence’ from the pandemics of any kind? My considered opinion is that we as a nation and people of a great vibrant republic must prepare ourselves for the robust Self Defence for guarding our nation and ourselves from any future pandemics. In short, as we celebrate the 72nd Republic Day of our great nation, let ‘Be Future Ready’ be the mantra of self defence both at the individual as well as organizational and national levels.

What does this mean in real terms? We need to learn from the experiences of the last two years of Covid-19 pandemic and apply willingly the corrective actions on several fronts.

First and foremost, we need to recognize that the business as usual can not be allowed to continue any more unless we are prepared to pay a heavy price for our acts of omissions and gross neglect of our responsibilities that demand sincerely of purpose in all aspects of human endeavors. Take of example that despite daily reciting the Vedic Mantra of Sarve Bhabantu Sukhina Sarve Santu Niramaya , we continue to mindlessly cultivate heaps of inequality and economic disparity by flowing along the mainstream of mass production cum massive consumption growth and development models that are now more than ever before  prompted by lucrative digital  marketing gimmicks  that prompt us to posses plenty irrespective of the  need or care and concern for those in need. So the first corrective action that I propose and that in my opinion is absolutely essential is that we need to now as rapidly as possible adopt to ‘ Sustainable Consumption ‘ that is to possess only as much as required and consume only as much as needed. This will enable us, we the  Indians to pay a great reverence to the wisdom of our  Vedic Sages and Seers who prescribed Aparigriha as the way of libing a blissful happy and healthy life  for one and all. It is doable and must be achieved by mass awakening and through education at all levels, I submit.

Second, the most important lesson learnt from Covid-19 pandemic   is that the Nature would heal itself by forcing brakes on our mindless growth and developmental strategies that grossly undermine the importance of a clean and healthy environment. So the second action urgently needed for future readiness is to pay the most sincere attention to plan and practice the Circular Economy pathways for growth and development. This will ensure Net Zero Emission compliance as also make our society, governance, industry and businesses care for the people and the environment lot better than ever before. This will also put in place a greater responsibility for adopting Recycle, Reuse and Remanufacturing using the most advanced tools of scientific management. After all, who would know better than us, the Indians that the interest of man can not be better protected without protecting the interest of Mother Nature.

 Make no mistake that a civilized society tomorrow will be judged not by its per capita income or per capita GDP but by its success to minimize waste and minimize the penalties that the development and growth awards to the environment. We need to now on pay a great attention to quality of air, quality of water, quality of food, quality and safety  of our work place , quality of our neighborhood environment and quality at all levels of our activities and services.

This would also mean that we need to apply a brakes  to moving fast in slow lanes, implement a great traffic sense and nurture a great civic sense, become more caring and compassionate and in true sense the responsible citizenship of the New World that the post- Covid-19 world demanded.

Thirdly, to achieve the goal of effective implementation of the Circular Economy, we need to invest on future sciences and technologies that will empower us with great capabilities of growth and development without tears and with great success in Net Zero Emission assured Sustainable development. The government of the day and the corporates and industry must therefore seriously accelerate investments in future Science and future and rather miraculous technologies that shall emerge from  research pathways of  Integrative Sciences, and Convergence technologies that require a major shift in our investments in S&T for the future ready self reliance and self defence from future pandemics. Large data analytics, integrated AI and a more profound understanding of block chain and supply chain logistics management on one hand and acua-agro-and micro technologies of future need massive investment on outcome based R&D in the universities and in R&D organisations. This would also necessitate aligning the purpose of Science and Technology to the purpose and goals of life. We need to ask ourselves whether the purpose of Science is to prove the superiority of man over all other or it is to live a life of bliss and happiness ensuring that no one is left behind. Those engaged in Science and technology pursuits must ask themselves this question and do a lot of introspection to discover the spiritual strength of science and human face of technology that shall make Science and technology to align itself to the meaning and purpose of life.

Fourthly, the education, including higher education has all along been considered as the most powerful weapon to solve and resolve all problems and wipe out ignorance and vices. Now that the power of knowledge has been better understood than ever before,  a much greater attention is required to be paid to fostering an education environment that makes us future ready to live a life free of ailments and disease and engage with selfless motive to build the world we wish to live with happiness and sustain this beautiful world for millions of years by paying out utmost attention to maintaining a healthy environment all around.  India should invoke its age old spiritual tenets of learning, working and living in harmony with nature.

The Fifth and the last is to realise that the human life is the most precious gift of God Almighty and thus we need to utilise this unique opportunity to live a live full of Divine Bliss and blissful engagement for a good 100 years and more to make the Vedic proclamation of Jivem Sarada Satam, Pashyem Sarada Satam and Bhuvem Sarada Satam become a reality for the 7  billion plus people on the planet Mother Earth. India and Indian people with their deep rooted commitment to ‘ Sarve Bhawantu Sukhina Sarve Santu Niramaya ‘ and their firm faith in the world as one family, as in Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam have the golden opportunity to make India a heaven on earth and then lead the world by example and then make Mother India a real Viswa Guru of the New Age. Make no mistake in this new age you have to lead by example and not by just relishing the old glories and accomplishments of the ancient past.

The time has come when we need to echo the urgency of the practice of self discipline, aatmasanyam , and self restrain and invest on creating individually and socially responsible behaviour in our society. As ultimately it is the people who matter, their integrity matters and their work ethics and professional morals matter for sustaining a blissful world. We have for a long time let it be free for all and have paid a heavy price for the neglect of civic sense and integrity in public life. We can not afford to do so in India that need to rebuild its society to highest standards of human excellence. Now that we have submitted to digital age, thus aspect of human integrity can not be kept on back burners any more.

I leave you with these thoughts to prepare ti celebrate the 72nd  Republic Day of our great nation that awoke to freedom from foreign rule to redeem its tryst and resolve to be world leader for creating a happy, blissful and compassionate peaceful world that it’s founding fathers of Vedic Civilization have once created for the global humanity.

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