Crafting the New State of Andhra Pradesh
In this week’s Spot, Sadhguru writes about the Inner Engineering program he conducted for the new Andhra Pradesh administration. “It is probably the first time - not just in this country, but anywhere for that matter – that a whole administration, including the Chief Minister – is making an attempt to turn inward.” Sadhguru expresses his hope for the possibilities of this new state. Enjoy!
 
 
 
 

Just back from Hyderabad where we conducted a three-day Inner Engineering program for the first Andhra Pradesh administration. It is probably the first time - not just in this country, but anywhere for that matter – that a whole administration, including the Chief Minister – is making an attempt to turn inward. Three hundred people attended, including cabinet ministers, IAS, IPS, IFS officers, mayors and their families. I don’t think this has ever happened anywhere. And though it started with much skepticism, by the last day, they were absolutely involved – laughing, singing and dancing. A government that dances is good.

In the CM’s words, this is a turning point and foundation for the 2029 vision of making Andhra the best and the happiest state. It is truly fantastic that the political leaders we are beginning to have are not just concerned about what is considered their duty, but are really looking at how to create wellbeing for the people. This is a landmark step and I want to make sure this bears one hundred percent results for the administration and for the people. There is much aspiration because this is a new state, and I hope all of those who have been with us stand up for this, the people of Andhra Pradesh should not be disappointed. This is most important. They have lived hard lives. If you go to many parts of the city and to the villages, people live extremely hard lives. Though India has a phenomenal intellect and a great heritage, we are living among the worst of lifestyles. Even if you walk to some of the most remote parts of Africa, their children are eating well. This is yet to happen in India.

The making of a prosperous and above all joyful Andhra Pradesh is a sacred duty for all of us.

The commitment and vision with which this new state is being approached is quite phenomenal. I want to congratulate everyone for taking this step. It was very pleasant to see a Chief Minister so committed, and so sharp on everything. I have not even seen corporate leaders coming to decisions that quickly and clearly. It was inspiring to see political leadership and bureaucracy on their toes wanting to do things – I have wanted to witness this for a long time.

A very marked change has happened in the central government as well, and I am sure we will make a difference in the coming years. The main thing this country has been losing out on in the last sixty years is lack of leadership. What we need is not one leader, but layers of leadership; people who are looking beyond their own wellbeing. For those in Andhra Pradesh, you have a unique and historical opportunity to craft a new state. This does not mean cutting geography into pieces, it means the possibility to touch and transform the lives of five crore people. If you are able to touch these lives, you will know a certain fulfillment that most people will not know. If you can do the right things, you can make a big difference.

When it comes to your administration and doing your work, you can get advice and training from so many people. But when it comes to your inner wellbeing, we want to see that we are there to support you in every way to make it happen. The making of a prosperous and above all joyful Andhra Pradesh is a sacred duty for all of us. Let us make it happen.

Love & Blessings

 
 
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3 years 5 months ago

Capitalism is predatory in nature. only about 10% gain and 90% people suffer. Mahatma Gandhi said – “The progress of a country
depends not on the mass production but on the production by the masses. Mass
production leads people to leave their villages, their land, their crafts, and
their homesteads and go to work in the factories. Instead of dignified human
beings and members of a self-respecting village community, people become cogs
in the machine, standing at the conveyor belt, living in shanty towns, and
depending on the mercy of the bosses. Then fewer and fewer people are needed to
work, because the industrialists want greater productivity. The masters of the
money economy want more and more efficient machines working faster and faster,
and the result would be that men and women would be thrown on the scrap heap of
unemployment. Such a society generates rootless and jobless millions living as
dependants of the state or begging in the streets”.

First of all, we have to accept the
reality and the truth that unemployment cannot be solved by more development.
There is nothing wrong in accepting this reality. By accepting this reality, we
can find surprisingly new solutions!

3 years 5 months ago

Ludwig von Mises said - “The worst failures of money, the worst
things done to money, were not done by criminals but by governments”

3 years 5 months ago

Contribute what?

3 years 5 months ago

AP is now truly a blessed state

3 years 5 months ago

Please let us forget about whether our troubles are because of socialistic form of government or capitalistic form of government. We have to acknowledge that our standards of living are coming down. This is because 70% of population who depend on agriculture are in doldrums. In cities, about 40% of our population lives in slums (40% of 30% i.e. 12%). So, 82% of population is in trouble. Even in the remaining 18% population, about 8% population is in trouble because of unemployment and many other problems. Then finally, we can say that about 90% people in our country are not doing well. Do you agree with it?

3 years 5 months ago

Keynes - “By a continuing process of inflation, government can
confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of wealth of their
citizens”

3 years 5 months ago

fantastic. May TN Government note this. One such programme is needed for TN to transform

3 years 5 months ago

Wonderful. Starting to think on how I can contribute

3 years 5 months ago

I do agree with you that people are just people everywhere. 'What you said is entirely correct. You also said that the system is needed to be changed, but how? In my opinion, it is impassible to change the system because, we the people are in an utterly powerless condition. Only possible thing is that we can change. If we are ready to change, then there would be tremendous possibility to get the best standards of living. Yes, to understand the our problems, it is better to understand about socialism, free market economy etc.

3 years 5 months ago

E. F. Schumacher - ‘If an ancestor of long ago visited us today, what would he
be more astonished at? The skill of our dentists or the rotteness of our teeth?
The speed of our transport or the length of time and the discomfort incurred in
our travelling to and from work? The progress of our medicine or the
overcrowding of our hospitals’! Our ability to land man on the Moon or our
inability to find employment for people wanting work! The efficiency of our
machines or the inefficiency of our system as a whole?’

3 years 5 months ago

Dear Sreekrishna,

Namaskaramulu.

My strengths are
1. Enhance Quality of Learning inside & outside the classrooms
2. Helping business owners to take their business to next level

I am an Ishanga.
What I have done as a Teacher and Principal are similar to what Sadhguru has spoken about education.

I have studied in Telugu medium till 11th standard in Hosur, Tamilnadu. I am currently based in Bangalore.

How can we collaborate?

You can mail me directly at innergeniusmail@gmail.com My phone number is 08147092023

Please give me your mail id and other contact details.

Regards,
Anand

3 years 5 months ago

May there be no more farmers suicides shambho

3 years 5 months ago

Sree krishna, ofcourse we cannot make huge changes like policy level changes, but we interrnet users and english literates can do huge things than we can ever imagine in this era of social media. There are only simple changes needed to be done to make india into a wonderful place to live in. we just need to copy what germany has done. remember germany was in almost the same condition as us in 1945, around the same time we got independence. the first important thing is our constitution, with due respect to the forefathers our constitution as a product, produced after 2 years 11 months and 19 days is pretty meagre. too vague and lengthy. A German kid, of 4 th grade knows the laws of the road while walking in the pedestrian path. why not our kids ? sent a mail to our HR minister about this and prescribed a book for this, to make our kids to study the basics of constitution and laws. Every single implementation level problems in India, from electricity to drainage to garbage to street dog menace, water, etc are solely directed to article 312 of the constiution. The Constitution even after 90+ amendments since 1858, provides iron hand like powers to the govt employees which is what article 310 - 312 of the constitution is speaking about. a hong kong based survey reported that Indian bureaucracy is the worst in asia. We dont need to look at the reports, we just need to see our streets to understand this. A government should be seen as a company when giving a job and a government employee is an employee and not a servant. We called them as servants when the high command is the monarch. so a government needs to get its employees through skill based platforms for specific works just like a corporate firm does. the appointment of senior officials should be based on competence and accomplishments and should not be tenure based. this is what a corporate does and see the result in almost many western european nations, or in australia, canada etc. its wonderful ! things will change really from the grass root level. with free job market economy and monimally regulated market economy, poverty can be abolished within 10 years, its that simple. what are the uses of public sectors ? why should a govt stich clothes and bake breads ? A government should govern. business should be done by citizens, government should facilitate it and regulate it. we never had pandya govt textiles and chola govt public sector industries in our ancient times. govt doin business is an incredibly stupid idea. once we abolished poverty we can concentrate on education. the whole business of chaging india can be done in less than 20 years.

3 years 5 months ago

When foreign consultants were engaged to boost the growth rates, farmers' suicides became more.

3 years 5 months ago

Dear Sreekrishna,

I had not read your posts before posting my answers. Are you looking for solutions that you & I can implement? Then let us join hands and do it.

It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness.

Look forward to your reply.

Pranam. Anand

3 years 5 months ago

Mahatma Gandhi said
“The individual has a soul, but as the State is a soulless machine, it can
never be weaned from violence to which it owes its very existence”

3 years 5 months ago

exactly ! precisely ! why unemployment is caused in thr first place ? because none of our parties ( almost all ) seems to have understood about free society and free market economy. just because we have forgotten what form of govt we had in these 60 + years, this is the exact reason we are in trouble now. right ? To change that 70 % into 4 % a govt should not be running business ! A govt needs to concentrate on policies. this is crazy for a govt to stict cloths and bake breads. capitalism means more money, more money means more job, more production, more wealth, we can even help other nations like the western european nations do. socialism means collective poverty. Please read "Breaking free of nehru, unleashing india. by sanjeev sabhlok. The book which opened my eyes. its a free book, downloadable. please google it.

3 years 5 months ago

Stiglitz, the former chief economist of the World Bank
complains bitterly that the IMF has done great damage through the economic
policies it has prescribed that countries must follow in order to qualify for
IMF loans. As a result real human sufferings in countries that followed the
advices. Stiglitz argues
that IMF policies contributed to bringing about the East Asian
financial crisis as well as Argentine economic crisis. But our
politicians stand in queue to salute the officials of World Bank and IMF.

3 years 5 months ago

Let Tamil nad get a chief minister like this with your blessings Sadguru

3 years 5 months ago

Already, the growth targets increased to 15%. That means more destruction of the state.

3 years 5 months ago

on one hand you are speaking about 70 % of primitive agricultural population and the bad nature of it, on the other hand you are speaking against capitalism. i dont understand this. what exactly is your idea ? See I live in the Heart of European economy, i am very sorry your idea of capitalism is from 1700s, things changed in 300 years ! thats old version, thats why govt is for, to regulate it. you need to read more about how stabilised economies of the west functions.

3 years 5 months ago

The first question is - Whose responsibility is it to develop our country?

The typical answer from our people is - Government. People think that as our
governments are collecting taxes, naturally it is their responsibility to
develop our country. Does collection of taxes automatically give our
governments the power to develop our country? In practice, our politicians not
only spend our money in an irresponsible manner, but also take loans from
outside at high cost of interest. In 2014-15 Budget, India paid Rs: 6,43,301 Crores (24%) by way of debt servicing. If our governments distribute Rs: 100/-, only Rs: 10/- reach the beneficiaries.

So, with so much inefficiency, can the people of India depend on governments for
development? – Certainly not. But, we have to realize that the right for development was forcefully taken up by our governments because development is an attraction, passion, necessity or addiction to our politicians.

3 years 5 months ago

its not in the mindset surendra. people are jsut people everywhere. the system needed to be changed and for that we all need to address the core problems like socialism, free market economy, etc.

3 years 5 months ago

Mahatma Gandhi said “The best use we can make of
this government is to ignore its existence and to isolate it as much as
possible from our life, believing that contact with it is corrupting and
degrading”. This is true in the present context of the world.

3 years 5 months ago

There seems to be some ambiguity in our discussions. First, let us clear them now.

What I say is that after Globalization process which started in about 1992, the earning capacity of about 90% (common people) came down drastically. Do you
agree with it?

Let us compare the earning capacity of a common man in this aspect. About 25 years back, the salary of a fresh graduate was Rs: 600/- per month and price of a meal was Rs: 2.25. It means that one could buy 267 meals with that salary. Nowadays, we can take Rs: 8,000/- as an average salary for a fresh graduate and the price of a meal is Rs: 80/-. It means that one can buy 100 meals with this salary. Then, whose purchasing capacity is more? Actually, the standard of living of an average Indian has come down by about 2.7 times from the last 25 years.

When the process of “Globalization” started in 1992, the value of Rupee was Rs: 17/- to a dollar. Politicians told us there would be tremendous opportunity if we integrate our economy with the world. Now, they are saying that our growth rates are also improved, but my question is that if India is becoming strong, then why did our Rupee tumble to Rs: 63/-?

I am of the opinion that there is an all round decrease in our standards of living. It is true that in neo-liberal capitalism, about 90% people have to suffer. This is happening because of nexus between politicians and businessmen. This is almost like a jungle law. Survival of the fittest is the maxim. A 4-acre Indian farmer who is suffering from inferior quality seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, electricity etc. has to compete with a 10,000- acre well subsidized American farmer. All
over the world many are searching for alternatives. Already almost all South American countries rejected the neo-liberal capitalism blatantly and elected those who have socialistic approaches. This is because they were the first victims of neo-liberalism.

So, the question is on how to increase the standards of living of people of India without depending on the policies of our government? For my solution which can be implemented practically, please read my writing of 16 pages. I don’t know whether I can send that much of material through “Disqus”. You can contact me through email. My email – sreekrishna2011@hotmail.com

Warm Regards

K. Sree Krishna

3 years 5 months ago

Henry David Thoreau said – “That government is
best which governs least”

3 years 5 months ago

so is it okay to be the owners of our small plot in the back yard and eat half stomach every night before sleeping ? first let our people eat. Whats the probem with free market economy and capitalism ? can you please elaborate ?

3 years 5 months ago

What is the main motto of our governments?
– Development of our country!

When would more development takes place? –
If people work hard.

When do people work hard? – If they become
poor.

So, by making most of its people poor,
governments can achieve good development.

This is the hard reality. Governments think that more development is possible
only if many people suffer from scarcity of money and work more. If their
salaries or incomes are sufficient for their needs, then they would not have
interest to work more, then how would more development be possible?

3 years 5 months ago

(Same new reply posted in 3 places. Need to read only once)

There seems to be some ambiguity in our discussions. First, let us clear them now.

What I say is that after Globalization process which started in about 1992, the earning capacity of about 90% (common people) came down drastically. Do you
agree with it?

Let us compare the earning capacity of a common man in this aspect. About 25 years back, the salary of a fresh graduate was Rs: 600/- per month and price of a meal was Rs: 2.25. It means that one could buy 267 meals with that salary. Nowadays, we can take Rs: 8,000/- as an average salary for a fresh graduate and the price of a meal is Rs: 80/-. It means that one can buy 100 meals with this salary. Then, whose purchasing capacity is more? Actually, the standard of living of an average Indian has come down by about 2.7 times from the last 25 years.

When the process of “Globalization” started in 1992, the value of Rupee was Rs: 17/- to a dollar. Politicians told us there would be tremendous opportunity if we integrate our economy with the world. Now, they are saying that our growth rates are also improved, but my question is that if India is becoming strong, then why did our Rupee tumble to Rs: 63/-?

I am of the opinion that there is an all round decrease in our standards of living. It is true that in neo-liberal capitalism, about 90% people have to suffer. This is happening because of nexus between politicians and businessmen. This is almost like a jungle law. Survival of the fittest is the maxim. A 4-acre Indian farmer who is suffering from inferior quality seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, electricity etc. has to compete with a 10,000- acre well subsidized American farmer. All
over the world many are searching for alternatives. Already almost all South American countries rejected the neo-liberal capitalism blatantly and elected those who have socialistic approaches. This is because they were the first victims of neo-liberalism.

So, the question is on how to increase the standards of living of people of India without depending on the policies of our government? For my solution which can be implemented practically, please read my writing of 16 pages. I don’t know whether I can send that much of material through “Disqus”. You can contact me through email. My email – sreekrishna2011@hotmail.com

Warm Regards

K. Sree Krishna

3 years 5 months ago

More growth rates mean more sufferings for farmers.

3 years 5 months ago

correction : taken up by socialist form of governments. This is everywhere, not just india.

3 years 5 months ago

In India, everybody is
chanting the mantra of “globalization” to achieve good development. That means
India has to achieve the parameters of western countries fast. In India, about
70% of our population depends on “Agriculture” for their livelihood, but in
developed countries, it is 4% only. My question is that if people who depend on
agriculture are reduced from 70% to 4%, then how many new jobs are needed for
these people? Sooner or later, 66% of 120 Crores i.e. 80 crores of population
of India need to depend on new jobs. It is almost impossible to create so many
jobs through the present western economic models. The west's economic model is
broken. In future, we cannot deliver enough high-value work for our highly
educated workforce.

3 years 5 months ago

Blaming India over the last 60 years is not fair. It is after emergency in the late 1970s that Indian politics got degenerated and corruption increased manifold.The people of the new state, AP, have already seen their present Chief Minister during 1995-2004 as CM of the united AP. Expecting now that he would herald a new beginning for AP is highly misplaced. He is an expert in practising "use and throw" method. He wants to use the image of well-known people/gurus etc. and hype up his image in the short run. Not at all sincere about the purpose. One may say, why to be cynical when something good has been initiated. Yes, one need not be cynical. I will reserve my comments for future.

3 years 5 months ago

In India, everybody is chanting the mantra of “globalization” to achieve good development. That means, India has to achieve the parameters of western countries fast. In India, about 70% of our population depends on “Agriculture” for their livelihood, but in
developed countries, it is 4% only. My question is that if people who depend on agriculture are reduced from 70% to 4%, then how many new jobs are needed for these people? Sooner or later, 66% of 120 Crores i.e. 80 crores of population of India need to depend on new jobs. It is almost impossible to create so many jobs through the present western economic models. The west's economic model is broken. In future, we cannot deliver enough high-value work for our highly educated workforce.

3 years 5 months ago

Are, farmers are not eating well already. Why do we need the whole population to do farming like old ancient days ? why dont they wish to eat well and dress well ?

3 years 5 months ago

What do we call if the growth is relentless? - Cancer

3 years 5 months ago

The first question is - Whose responsibility is it to develop our country?

The typical answer from our people is - Government. People think that as our governments are collecting taxes, naturally it is their responsibility to develop our country. Does collection of taxes automatically give our governments the power to develop our country? In practice, our politicians not only spend our money in an irresponsible manner, but also take loans from outside at high cost of interest. In 2014-15 Budget, India paid Rs: 6,43,301 Crores (24%) by way of debt servicing. If our governments distribute Rs: 100/-, only Rs: 10/- reach the beneficiaries.

So, with so much inefficiency, can the people of India depend on governments for development? – Certainly not. But, we have to realize that the right for development was forcefully taken up by our governments because development is an attraction, passion, necessity or addiction to our politicians.

3 years 5 months ago

When the growth rate is more, inflation rate will also be more at the same time i.e. if the growth rate is about 8%, inflation rate would be about 8%. Inflation reduces the purchasing capacity of people. Nowadays, farmers are unable to get remunerative prices for their produce. In these circumstances, if the growth rate is more, their purchasing capacity would erode more.

Most of our farmers are in debt only. Even if they wish to eat well and dress well, that is not possible in the present days.

3 years 5 months ago

"Outer Engineering" is also very important