I want to support Indians coming together to drink cow urine to heal the virus. It is not the cow urine that I am supporting per se, but the coming together. If Indians come together regularly to drink cow urine or drink rum or sing the Hanuman Chalisa, they are going to find the solution to their problems.
Indians problems, both in India and its diaspora, is the curse of individualism. The competitive education system that stresses individual excellence have seen Indians excelling and in the long run alienating themselves from those of lesser intellectual competence. Education has made the average Indian with some academic papers a rakshasa-demon-a Ravana on the prowl.
In the Indian middle class families, a child dare not dream of becoming a mechanic or fashion designer, far less a police. The child must aspire to be a doctor, a lawyer, engineer or accountant. Not surprisingly, the Indian community is awash with graduates in these professions who cannot find work. And mind you, they would not seek work to pack shelves in a supermarket or drive taxi as many unemployed graduates do in the US and UK. The parents prefer to take care of them until this ‘great jobs’ falls come their way.
I have before me the 2019 Annual Report of Teachers Credit Union. The total assets of this Credit Union is $1, 356,914,237 ending March 2020. Who are the officers guiding this ship? Among the Board of Directors (8), there is only 1 with an Indian surname. In the Credit Committee (10), I discern 2 Indian surnames and in the Supervisory Committee with 7 members there is not a single officer with an Indian surname.
TECU Credit Union has an asset base of $2, 213,500,000 (2019). Among the Board of Directors (12) only 2 had Indian surnames. There were two alternates, one appears to be Indians though not carrying an Indian name. I am not bothering to go into the ethnic breakdown of the other committees.
I guess the same will be found for Eastern Credit Union, PSA and other Credit Unions. But there is a newly registered Hindu Parivar Credit Union. I would not take the liberty to do any analysis of this credit union. What I can say though is that whenever I invite a Hindu to join it, his typical response is- ‘Boy, I ‘fraid Hindus and money.”
A credit union is not only for buying shares and taking loans but also to have a social outreach component. Part of the dividend of a credit union is assigned to an Education Committee for social programs such a book grants members’ children who were successful in the SEA.
A credit union also provides loans so that members can improve their living standards. Hundreds of members of credit unions would share with you that they have built homes, owned cars, sent children through school and university with laons from a credit union.
And a credit union also provide jobs. Don’t Hindus have the duty to provide jobs to others? And yes, they do. They hire and fire at will. They are sole proprietors and have to account to no one. They like to keep the number of workers small. For example, a lawyer would need only a secretary and a janitor but more than likely, the secretary will act as janitor. The secretary may also deposit cash in the bank, picks up the lawyer’s child at kindergarten and the range of duties remains unlimited. Nevertheless, the Indians ensures that he had unbridled power at his disposal.
But I would not talk about the Hindu Credit Union and why it failed. I guess some may prefer that I beat up on the PNM, make it our scape goat to escape our failings, incompetence and outright selfishness. And yes outright selfishness! In the midst of the Indian pandemic when Indians are dying, the Arjuna in India’s fight against the corona virus has fled the battlefield. The Indian government has given to the Serum Institute of India millions of dollars to ramp up production of vaccines and in the midst of the pandemic Adar Poonawallah has fled to the UK for his safety. And I guess he is right because if a survey of this act is done among Indians, 80% Indians would agree with Poonawallah’s flight to save himself from threats to his life.
If appears that Hindus are awaiting Bhagwan Vishnu taking avatar to save Hindus from their woes. If I may recall correctly, Sri Krishna did say that he would return when his devotees are in distress. And yes! Indians are in distress!
How do we account for the price gouging and black marketeering that is taking place in India amidst this crisis? Such behavior is the norm for a large segment of Hindus whose minds are always in crisis-wanting more and always hoarding.
But such fear can be put to rest when we begin to act and think like a team-putting the welfare of all before self. That is the solution to the COVID 19 pandemic…teamwork!