What does India First mean?
Foreign interests are quick to dilute any initiative that tries to create a critical mass of Indians who think solely on behalf of India. For example, a lot of MNCs use the Make in India branding even if all they have in India is a subset of the product’s engineering team. Why they are allowed to do so is a good question to ask.
For an individual to be considered a India-Firster, the following criteria have to be met:
- Appreciates Indian identity and Indian values
- Treats all Indians as equals regardless of religion, caste, class, region, skin colour
- Views India as a global power that is not subservient to any other country/civilization
- Aligns career goals with India’s strategic goals
- Doesn’t work for foreign interests to the detriment of India’s interests
- Prefers and encourages products build by Indian companies
- Is obsessed with making India self-reliant particularly in technology & finance
- Is obsessed with up-skilling fellow Indians to world class standards
- Is a rational, independent thinker who focuses on India’s problems, not personalities or political parties
- Behaves as a role model for fellow Indians
India First 100
It does not require all Indians to be perfect human beings for India to be a global power. What’s needed is a small set of Indians to
- be driven by the sole ideology of India First
- align on India’s strategic goals
- work every single day to achieve these goals
It is our view that 0.01% of Indians i.e., roughly 1 Lakh in number is all that is required to change the destiny of this nation. The India First 100 list is the list of Indians who we believe can be good role models for the 1 Lakh India-Firsters. These individuals are a subset of the Indian Establishment which itself is a subset of the Indian Influencer Class (see How should the Indian system operate to achieve strategic goals?). Following the India First 100 list, we also have a India First Friends 1000 list.
Here’s the list in alphabetical order of first names. They are tagged with the specific association/body of work that inspires us to add them to this list. We don’t agree with all of their opinions; but we salute their love for India, their intellectual curiousity and the ideas that they bring to the table.
- Aamir Khan, Satyamev Jayate
- Alpesh Patel, Chalta Hai India
- Hardeep S Puri, Perilous Interventions
- Josy Joseph, A Feast of Vultures
- Krishnakumar Natarajan, Mindtree
- Muthukrishnan Chinnasamy, SFAL
- Nandan Nilekani, Imagining India
- Parag Naik, Saankhya Labs
- Prem Chand, MitKat
- Rajiv Malhotra, Infinity Foundation
- Sadhguru (Jaggi Vasudev), Isha Foundation
- Shakya R, Department of Telecommunications – GoI
- Shashi Tharoor, An Era of Darkness
- Sridhar Vembu, Zoho
- Sukhadeo Thorat, Indian Institute of Dalit Studies
- Tony Joseph, Early Indians
- Udit Raj, JNU
India First 1000
This is our effort to acknowledge the first 1,000 India-Firsters. The only qualification to be on this list is to read the above 10 qualification criteria and to make a self-commitment to honour the criteria. The only obligation for India-Firsters is to themselves and to no one else. Contact us with your First Name, Last Name, Location, Date of Commitment if you want to be on this list!
Here’s the list sorted by Date of Commitment.
- Dr Srihari R Patri, Warangal, 4 Sep 2020