Inclusive Growth in India: A Guarantee for the Future of India

Inclusive growth in India’s corporate world is still in its infancy, but the future of India and its growth story will depend on how responsible Indian business can be in the coming years. Sadhguru elaborates on what is needed to ensure a steady future for India.
Inclusive Growth in India

After having elaborated on political issues and leaders in the first part and the opportunities and challenges of doing business in the second part of his interview with Business Today magazine, Sadhguru, in part three, discusses inclusive growth in India’s corporate world, and the steps needed to ensure the future of India and its economy.

Q. We are witnessing a lot of consumerism. Is India going the right way by aping the West? Does this drag us more into bondage, first into material bondage, unable to develop the spiritual side we are known for?

Sadhguru: It is not material versus spiritual, there is no such thing. According to the Living Earth statistics, if we have to provide the lifestyle that an average American is enjoying right now for the 7 billion people we have on this planet, we will need four-and-a-half planets. But we only have half a planet left. Is it realistic for the whole world to go that way? The world's idea of ideal life has become the American life, isn't it? It is a sure recipe for disaster, there is no question about it. The better solution would be… at least if we strive for the next 50 years we can bring down the population to 50 percent of what it is right now. It will give a little more freedom to the earth to recoup itself for whatever rubbish we do. If we don't do that ourselves consciously, the planet will do it to us in cruel ways.

Taking Care of the Future of India

Q. According to you, once elections are over what are the three things a new Prime Minister should do?

Sadhguru: You should make it a little easier to live in this country. Everything is made difficult. You know, these are invaders' rules, these are not the rules of the nation. We were registering a company and it took us some 30 days or so to do it.

Q. So even a Sadhguru is made to run...

Sadhguru: Yes, I am not spared (laughs)… Then we wanted to do a complementary company in the United States. So I told them this is the style of the company, this is what we need to do, this is the purpose and everything. In about two hours they said, “Sadhguru the company is registered you can start activity.” I just knocked my head! What are we doing to the future of India. When somebody wants to start economic activity that is going to benefit everybody, why are we treating him like a criminal? You have to get twenty-five no-objection certificates. Why does anybody have any objection to my doing business?

Ensuring Inclusive Growth in India

Q. Making life easier is one, what are the other two?

Sadhguru: If you do that one thing, the Indian population is so effervescent it will make India happen. Aren't there 540 businesses or industries in this country which can take up education and nourishment for one constituency each in the country – not as service, but as an investment? If you invest in this population, you will get quality manpower in the next 12 to 15 years’ time. Why don't you invest long-term? No philanthropy. Invest long term and produce the right kind of people. Only then you can run the business. So what is needed is a more inclusive growth in India. Almost twelve years ago, I coined this phrase called “inclusive economics,” which is yet to happen for various reasons.

Q. So you think corporate leaders are barking up the wrong tree in terms of philanthropy?

Sadhguru: Philanthropy is not going to make the nation great. Because people who receive may feel grateful but they won't feel great. But if they become worthy of investment they will feel great. This is what we need to do to the people – bring back pride in who they are.

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6 years 5 months ago

But a party has already divided this nation with this quota and that quota, "falaana quota and dhimka quota" ... This game is being played for 65 years.

6 years 5 months ago

1. " strive for the next 50 years to bring down the population to 50 percent"; HOW: drop a bomb; castrate people, spread deadly diseases - is Sadhguru offering a solution or creating more problem? 2. "it took us some 30 days to register a company"; Looks more like using the opportunity to register a complaint. I think given the environment here (read thugs, thieves, tricksters) it is fair to make it into a long waiting instead of quick registration. 3. '540 Business house to take up education and nourishment'; They cornered coal blocks, communication frequencies, set up to appoint ministers favorable to them, give bribes to have the Babus posted in key positions to get advantages, and now Sadhguru wants us to hand them over our country's future too. Think seriously Sadhguru.

6 years 5 months ago

Sadhguru has already created a tsunami
One of love and an all inclusive economy
All we need now is to push it higher and higher
To enable everyone to be spiritually richer and richer........

6 years 5 months ago

All we need is powerful, intellectual and kind hearted leader or ruler, rest will happen..bless us Sadhguru

6 years 5 months ago

Very precise words in any way!!!! But India corrupted, and until it is there, people will not feel great..... sad....

5 years 2 months ago

Seven years back I wanted to start a 'Not for Profit' company giving microfinance to rural people in Punjab, I was not allowed to open the company by the ROC!