‘Compassion is the understanding or empathy for the suffering of others.’
Wikipedia reads as – ‘Compassion is often regarded as emotional in nature, and there is an aspect of compassion which regards a quantitative dimension, such that individual’s compassion is often given a property of “depth,” “vigor,” or “passion.” The etymology of “compassion” is Latin, meaning “co-suffering.” More involved than simple empathy, compassion commonly gives rise to an active desire to alleviate another’s suffering. It is often, though not inevitably, the key component in what manifests in the social context as altruism. In ethical terms, the various expressions down the ages of the so-called Golden Rule often embodies by implication the principle of compassion: Do to others what you would have them do to you.’
INDIA – as a country is my homeland. And there is no great sense of patriotic feelings about it. I chose and like to live here. I did not like it elsewhere so I am here and yes .. I have jumped at the right opportunity to return home whenever I was abroad. I know very well .. we get what we seek to find ! Many equally talented people in India have similar affection for INDIA like I have ; while only the few decide to run away from here. And the worst, these NRIs keep complaining and incorrectly comparing INDIA with the developed world. Then, why do they hold on to the Indian passport without relinquishing it ? Is it because .. they can return to their homeland if they are required to do so in future. Which other country allows keeping dual passports ? Most of them do not.
In my country, 70 percent of the population live in the villages. The hidden treasure of individual talent and ample natural resources lies in the un-tapped villages of India. Un-fortunately, we are still to have the best political leaders since our Independence to lead the country to prosperity quicker that what is happening. I know it cannot happen overnight. While the rich and the educated Indian citizens were trying to meet their personal ambition, personal needs and their business growth needs, the mass ‘illiterate and uneducated’ society selected the wrong MLAs, MPs and ministers to govern us. Yes. There is ample poverty, illiteracy at the grass-root level, too many morally corrupted political opportunists and gross lack of infrastructure in my country. Education continues to be the greatest challenge in India. But, I am quite sure that most of the developed countries went through similar (if not the same) phase before becoming what they are today. What I expect .. is genuine compassion from these NRIs for their own homeland. Not just finding faults with her.
‘I LEAD INDIA’ COMPASSION DAY 28TH JUNE 2013 – CHARTER !
The Charter for Compassion is a cooperative effort to restore not only compassionate thinking but, more importantly, compassionate action to the center of religious, moral and political life. Compassion is the principled determination to put ourselves in the shoes of the other, and lies at the heart of all religious and ethical systems. YOU CAN READ THIS CHARTER NOW AND SIGN UP !!
This compassion effort will help you realize that INDIA is getting together and trying to be developed. I may not see her fully developed during my lifetime, but the next generation will see her to be a better place to live in and a ‘developed country in the making’ !! So till then, why don’t you look at what is good about INDIA ?