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This Independence Day Free Us From Undue Interference

On this Independence Day, we commemorate the memory of all those who laid down their lives for the country and countrymen. Why did they make the supreme sacrifice? Because they treated this freedom as a huge responsibility – a shared responsibility

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Freedom is all about responsibility. Those who are responsible can exercise freedom judiciously. Those who think freedom is just another right will want to misuse it.

We, at Patanjali, think freedom is a huge responsibility, bestowed upon us by the founding fathers of the Republic. When we take a business decision or any other decision, we keep the well-being of the countrymen at our core.

On this Independence Day, we commemorate the memory of all those who laid down their lives for the country and countrymen. Why did they make the supreme sacrifice? Because they treated this freedom as a huge responsibility – a shared responsibility.

Look around – what is the problem afflicting our nation? The poor thinks that the rich have got rich only through ill-gotten means. The rich think they must get there through whatever means. Both the approaches are faulty. We need to be understanding of our larger parivar – the extended family that India is. We need to be empathetic towards each other’s concerns.

We think that the country is a family, an extended network of close-knit bonds. We don’t subscribe to the theory that India is a market, as many of our rivals do. We want to impress upon them that India is a family. I am sure with our actions, philosophy and campaign, we will make them – our rivals – understand that India is indeed a family.

Yes, there are freedoms that Corporate India can do with. To begin with, there is an issue of undue interference. Today we talk of ease of doing business. But many a time, there’s an undue interference from the authorities. The reasons could be many. We need to put an end to this. Those working towards the national cause must not be hindered in any manner.

People ask me if there has been an increased tax terrorism in the wake of GST. Let’s look at the larger issue. I call it the issue of “neeyat” – the intent. The powers that must be on the same page with the corporate leaders, the ones I call nation-builders. We must not have a case where the very intent of the decision-maker is questionable. 

As I said, it’s the project of nation-building that we are engaged in.

We should, therefore, respect each other, and ensure that our potential is utilized to the fullest.

On this Independence-Day, let’s rededicate ourselves to the family that India is. On this Independence Day, let’s also have the freedom from undue interference and intent that is questionable.

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Independence day 2018 Magazine 18 August 2018

Acharya Balkrishna

MD, Patanjali Ayurved Ltd & co-founder, Patanjali Yogpeeth

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