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LIMITED PLACES. REGISTER NOW. FREE. Citizen brainstorm. 6 pm IST, Sat, June 19, 2021. (For aam aadmi, not for talking heads, hotheads.)

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Gasping for oxygen. Waiting for vaccines. Hoping for rescuers.

That's the India story today, in a nutshell.

After the COVID experience, can ordinary Indians envision, cooperate, collaborate and co-create a completely different, better society?

Can they write a new script, create history as well as a new future, so as to co-lead the world?

Such questions abound. Let's find the answers.

Problems galore. Let's figure the panacea.

It's time to think, reflect, introspect.

Let's reimagine society. Let's redefine citizenship.

To figure how to duck the coming perfect storm, join the citizen brainstorm.

FIVE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS:

1) Will educated, relatively well-settled middle-class people's continued

  • indifference or apathy,
  • inaction (in the form of not thinking about community / society; an attitude of "mind one's own business at all times" without factoring in the goings-on in community),
  • selfish approach to life and living, with overrated accent on survival (survival for what? To live like zombies in totalitarian dystopia?)
  • mindless conformism and spineless compliance with memes and herd mentality of the 'rat race' ...

... help transform India?

2) Isn't the continued irrational expectation that irresponsible, incompetent, indifferent leaders and officials should suddenly reform themselves, start making amends, perform and deliver true progress not only naive but impractical?

3) Is the presumption that some mahatmas, messiahs, intellectuals or reformers will suddenly, magically emerge to rescue India from the cliff edge a reflection of middle-class people's unrecognized wishful thinking? Or, is it a deliberate gameplan to somehow perpetuate a failed, flawed system, maintain the status quo and resist Big Positive Change?

4) If you just pay taxes, cast vote, make occasional donations in cash or kind, follow civic code like traffic rules and reuse of shopping bags, rant and rave on social media, share inane content on apps, conform to cultural traditions, "go with the flow", become part of the herd, follow the crowd ... if you do all that, does it make you a "good" or "model" citizen?

5) Outsourcing or delegating responsibilities of community, society and nation repeatedly to irresponsible, incompetent and indifferent leaders and officials, helping perpetuate a failed, flawed system, and avoiding review, reflection and introspection forever -- does it constitute wisdom?

In 'oxygen'-starved India, have the middle-class people lost the plot and drifting, clueless like zombies, full of vain hopes, delusional, in denial? Are middle-class people slaves of pop 'positive thinking', given to escapisms and fantasies? Or, are they just helpless? Or, opportunistic, remorseless, shameless, apathetic -- just biding their time to 'return to normal'?

Will India's middle-income citizens (nagrik) realise that the real, long-term OXYGEN is genuine, sincere and honest commitment to community and society? Can the middle-class people finally wrest back control of their own future?

  • "India is the greatest civilization"
  • "India is home to the world's most syncretic, most cosmopolitan, most secular modern culture"
  • "India is the greatest, largest democracy"
  • "India is the greatest technology / IT superpower"
  • "Indian brains are the most brilliant ones on this planet"
  • "Indian startups are about to transform India and make the nation the world's next economic superpower."
  • "India already leads the global 'cricket economy'. Franchise-based sports leagues showcase modern India. Entertainment industry encapsulates India's vibrancy. Malls, cineplexes, food courts are ubiquitous. 'India is shining'."

Are non-elite majority Indians (lower- and middle-income groups) slaves of popular myth-like manufactured narratives spun by spin-doctors, charlatans, conmen, "gurus", and scriptwriters of the media and entertainment industry?

Haven’t we had enough of 'BS' stories and yarn-spinning storytellers? Isn’t it time to give truth and truth-tellers a chance?

At an individual level, has the intellect of a typical middle-class Indian been compromised and corrupted beyond repair and redemption by sustained exposure to the domestic insular ecosystem (society, culture, traditions, institutions, topsy-turvy, truth-hiding discourse and smallness-inducing subliminal messaging in the media, entertainment and pop-spirituality spaces)?

Have people become incapable of grasping the Global Big Picture, the realities of hyper economic globalization, the brightening prospects for totalitarian-dystopian regimes of techno-feudals, the political class and the agents of crony capitalism, and their implications?

Is that the reason why the 'educated', relatively well-settled middle-class group prefer self-deceiving escapisms, feel-good fantasies and delusions of grandeur rather than boldly facing the bitter truths about today's India? Pray, what are those "bitter truths"?

Register for this FREE online citizen-brainstorm to share your views frankly and fearlessly. Enlighten others; also, expect to get enlightened and action-oriented.

By the way, remember that old story about the Emperor's New Clothes? Don't forget to click/tap the links at the end of this announcement.

We shall confront more inconvenient questions together:

Do India's middle-class people prefer status quo, "comfort zone", lies, half-truths rather than embrace Big Positive Change? Or, are they potential game-changers and changemakers?

Have buzzwords, phrases and cliches like "optimism", "positive thinking", and "all is well" become middle-class Indians' mental palliatives?

Should we, the vast majority of ordinary citizens (educated adults), simply watch on helplessly, indifferently, as ...

  • corrupt leaders,
  • incompetent officials,
  • compromised institutions,
  • profit-minded businesses,
  • anti-community markets and
  • flawed geniuses ...

continue to occupy the helm, jeopardizing our collective future, and driving the nation arbitrarily and unilaterally toward a cliff edge?

Or, even as COVID-19 rages on threatening to plunge the nation into long-term disarray, is there any smart, lawful, peaceful and risk-free way that we, India's majority ordinary citizens (aam aadmi and aam aurat), could still explore to stem the rot, aspire to make a difference, and try to wrest back control of our own and our children's future?

Friendly, focused online group discussion with a purpose. You would not want to miss this citizen-brainstorm on live video call via Zoom.

Cordial and informal atmosphere. Multilingual (mostly bilingual -- Hindi and English).

RULES

(to ensure this event does not degenerate into a slanging match of hot air like Indian news TV channels' crass , cacophonous panel discussions)

  • No trivialities -- serious topics, purpose-driven discussions involving real people, aam aadmi (and aurat) , not elitist experts
  • No rants, no rigid minds, no excessive emotion either.
  • Disagreements are welcome; discord and friction are not.
  • You are invited to have your say fearlessly, stir debate, make people think, reflect, introspect.

This webinar is open to all middle-class non-elite citizens of India residing anywhere in the world. That is to say, this online event is an open invitation to those middle-class Indian citizens who are now serious about stopping being passive, shy, non-committal, introverted, selfish, small-minded, timid, hotheaded or busy-busy audiences/onlookers, so as to join others and become one solid, united, purpose-driven, focused Force that will be active, proactive, creative, conscientious, civic-conscious, outspoken, articulate, fearless, well-mannered, punctual, disciplined, mature and professional-like. That's the grand goal of this citizen-brainstorm.

Starts 6 pm Saturday India time (IST) on June 19, 2021. Very convenient, online, on Zoom.

FREE event! Register NOW to receive log in details and other info. Thank you.

EXTERNAL LINKS

(to gain a quick overview of what's going on in the background):

Process of Self-Discovery: How a middle-class Indian can "know thyself" in 2021

Simply put, India has been in a state of complete disarray

When all sense of civility, dignity and community evaporates

Rural hospitals in India are unable to cope as virus spreads

Desperate wait for vaccines gets even longer in India

India's vaccination campaign hit by chronic shortage

Why the crackdown on social media amid COVID rampage, oxygen shortage?

Shameful, scary record in COVID-19 infections

Virus is swallowing Indian people whole as crematoriums overwhelmed

Bungling of oxygen cylinder plant bids

Paying costliest 'price' for inaction over oxygen cylinders

Why second coronavirus wave is devastating India

India sees world's highest daily cases amid oxygen shortage

Non-stop cremations cast doubt on India

The very relevant old story of the Emperor's New Clothes

How India failed to prevent a deadly second wave

Vaccines for all adults? But, where are the vaccines?

Can India's middle-class people become gamechangers?

Are India's middle-class status-quoists? Can they embrace Big Positive Change?

"System has collapsed. India has descended into COVID hell."

"India's middle-class has a selfish attitude."

Urban India has responded selfishly to migrant worker crisis

After migrant workers, India's middle-class will face the brunt of COVID

Neither tokenism nor panic can help counter this unique crisis

COVID pushes India's middle-class toward poverty

India's COVID surge affects the entire world

Desperate Indian patients turn to black market for COVID drugs

India's second COVID wave almost certainly the worst unofficially

Middle-class at risk during second wave, says official


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