The India We Want
Aristotle’s view on human society is very progressive. A Human being is a social
creature and can never live alone. We need to consider other people we live with,
be loyal and justifiable to them. Justice is a virtue that is concerned with the good
of others. Having friends and living in a just society increases our chances of
having good lives. But since all the people are not friends, we need justice to bind
them together in society. Justice intervenes when love or friendship fails; it
determines what one person has a right to expect from another. If it was not
justice, groups might not stay together and having a peaceful life would become
more difficult. In short, his point was that a good human life is most likely if one
lives in a justified society, a society with good government. And to the extent that
the government is not good, it will be much more difficult for an individual to
have a good life. And that is why Aristotle said that political science is the most
Theory of labor, provided by the great Plato, a discipline of Socrates and teacher
of Aristotle, and godfather of all western philosophers identifies the better
satisfaction of human needs is the root cause of the association. Citizens live
together and provide mutual support to associates and \"assistants\" such as slaves
because each citizen believes this is in his self-interest. Plato has given major
points that were stressed upon by all the major social philosophers after him and
he also reminds us not to indulge in a crudely materialistic conception of the
benefits of association. He goes on to point out that the division of labor not only
concerns consumers goods, but also producers goods. It deals with the
production of tools for agriculture, construction, and the making of clothes. It also
considers the production of materials in forestry, forges, cattle breeding, and so
on. Thus the division of labor grows, the job opportunities increases and stabilizes
and the quality life citizens grows too.
Understanding Our History
Before becoming The Republic of India, our country as society has seen many
lateral shifts in cultural and societal reforms. We tend to be one of the oldest
civilization on earth, the Indus Valley civilization of 3 rd millennium BC and are
facing the existential crisis to whether or not call ourselves a civilized country.
People here follow over five religion which includes Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism,
Sikhism, Islam, and Christianity. Early political benchmark was set under the
Mauryan and the Gupta empires, the later peninsular Middle Kingdoms
influenced cultures as far as Southeast Asia. In the medieval era, Judaism,
Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Islam arrived, and Sikhism emerged, all adding to
the region's diverse culture.
Under the British colonial Raj, India first came together as an emerging power
fighting against them for freedom. An equivalent cost of manpower was duly
paid to get freedom. Aristotle’s view on society was seen in the 19th century and
mid 20th century when we fought for something collectively.
Questioning Our Present
Today, Plato’s theories of society are hard to apply in India as a society. Trust and
loyalty is missing from the governance system. A democratic country is ruled by a
Monarchist mindset party. People have no say and the environment is anti-
democratic. In such an environment, what a person could really want? Why it is
seen so often in our society that the death of a soldier or a farmer or corruption
or criminal charges against a minister or business person are lesser in importance
than how many biscuits a movie star eats in a day.
The India we want is a challenging phenomenon as it is India we have to fight for.
Why the death of 60 infants in Gorakhpur is of lesser importance than people
wanting to know the reason behind the CM of a state having a bald look. Plato’s
view about people living in society together and helping each other is seen in
some fragments of our society but the sad part is that it is highly overrated and
has taken the shape of our beloved Caste system. A small part of the Indian
community who migrated to the United Kingdom decades ago faced a caste
system there. The London court abolished the caste system abiding it by law. The
Indian community protested against this law by stating that they feel privileged of
this caste system. Why we are so rigid to change?
Why killing someone in the name of inter-caste marriage is of more priority than
accepting it? The India we want is the India that provides mutual support to each
other, produce together, manufacture together and construct together. A dream is hard to turn into reality.