Shri Subhash Chandra, on Monday, participated in an interactive session organized by Ladies Study Group in Kolkata.
Speaking about his success mantra he said, “It is a truth that we all know but often don’t recognise i.e. the importance of living in the present. ‘Bhootkaal vyakul kare, ya bhavishya bharmaaye, vartmaan mein jo jiye to jeena aa jaaye’.”
In the question and answer session Subhash Ji was asked what motivated him to start the Subhash Chandra Show. He recalled the conversation he had with his father a few years ago. He said that it is tradition to give ten percent of one’s profit to charity, which like him many follow. “My father asked me, but what about the knowledge and experience that you have collected over the past 5o years? That is the intention behind the show. To share with others what I have learned in all these years of my career,” he added.
On the subject of the current state of education and learning he said that we need to go back in time to understand education. “Each of us is born with a unique talent. In our traditional methods of learning in India, education was given according to this talent. Gurukuls used to do that but the British demolished this by making education uniform. But ‘one education for everyone’ does not work, there is a mismatch between talent and teaching,” he said.
“Experience can be gained, knowledge can be acquired, but talent cannot be transferred. Everyone has a particular talent, you just need to identify it,” he said, adding that “Another thing is that now-a-days kids are sent to school too early on in life which keeps them away from learning from the elders at home.”
He also spoke about the power of belief. He cited the example of why the union strikes in West Bengal in the seventies did not take place in any of the factories owned by the Birla group. He explained why the owners always build a temple in the factory grounds and told the workers that ‘while their salary is given for the effort and work at the factory, for anything else there is the temple’.
Using this Subhash ji elaborated on what the power of belief can do, and how having the confidence that things will get better, indirectly helps one to solve the seemingly unsolvable problems in life.
When asked about the differences between being a manager and being an entrepreneur and how does one cross over to the latter, he said, “A manager can also be an entrepreneur, I call them entra-preneur. There are many managers that are enterprising. The difference is that a real entrepreneur is taking risks with his own money, his own assets with his own money, and with his own future. A manager or an entrapreneur is using the resources or the organization and yet is taking risk and becoming an entrepreneur. A pure manager will only be executing whatever the boss is saying. They will not go beyond that.”
Touching about what philanthropy means to him, Subhash Ji said, “There are many people here who know the joy of giving but there are also many in the world who know only taking and are deprived of this pleasure. The idea of philanthropy is different for different people. Some would like to donate at dharmic places, some to social causes like education or health etc. Whichever act of giving gives you joy can be your idea of philanthropy. You can’t direct a giver about how he or she can give and in what way he or she can give.”
Speaking about his foundation and the work it does, he added, “At the Subhash Chandra Foundation our philosophy is to build the capacity of the society on how to face the challenges of this world. For example, when we give a scholarship to someone we tell them at when they get educated and begin earning they will pay the good deed further by extending help to three more deserving students. And so on. We should together do something to build capacity of the people rather than giving money and making them dependent.”
Talking about talent he said, “Recognise your child’s talent. Observe it, whatever they feel like doing again and again is where their talent lies. Among every thousand children born, two or three of these are prodigy children. But not only parents fail to understand their child’s talent, teachers and our education system also doesn’t recognise it. This leads the child to become a problem instead of a prodigy for the society. He or she behaves very differently, and we take t very differently. We fail to realize that they have something very special in them.” He urged people to recognize the potential that each of us has and identify their unique talent.
The interactive session saw audiences in large numbers. The Ladies Study Group in Kolkata has, for over five decades, been working for the empowerment of women, aspiring women achievers especially women entrepreneurs.