Circularity at the turning point

India, in-spite of being a 5000 year old civilisation, recently (last 100 years or so), post colonial rule we have been evaluating ourselves based on the western set agenda. The fact is that you can always be right depending on how far in history you go. What currently is been called the “circular economy” has existed in India, since eternity. Ancient books refer to vasudhaiva kutumbhakam (the world is one family). This phrase can been interpreted in many ways, from universal brotherhood to the love of all life. It is suggested that everything what is (every living/ non living thing), along with what is not; is what we call the “world”, which is woven together in a unique fabric, where every thread affects the entire fabric. The world itself is said to exist in infinite versions. Similar logic is been explored with curiosity by western science, theorised through thermodynamics, quantum and string theory. The interchangeability of mass and energy forms the basis of a regenerative view. As climate change starts affecting our lives with greater intensity every year, we are realising that our actions in one part of the planet, affect life on another part. India has for long worshiped elements of natural life such as the sun, water, trees. Although our strict traditions of conservation is translated into religion, we had stagnated and failed to nurture this high level philosophical thinking. We understand the reality about life, but forgot how we got there. America, built on the power of man & money, struggles today from the inevitable decline to the emerging multipolarity of geo-political systems. Maybe it was karma that Columbus, looking for Indian spices, found the land mass of America. As the world grapples with a Putinesque agenda, a new form of cultural awakening arises where people & peace, is synonymous with human & life. A turning point where concepts of man & money, people & things; will be replaced by something more valuable and lasting. Countries, if such a structure shall still exist, will not be judged on their trading capacity and size of the resulting economy; but on their resource richness and self sufficiency. This will also be a time when the word “civilisation” would be reframed in context of cultures and not the amount of concrete on the roads. A civilised man would no longer need to wear a western ideal of clothing (the tie and coat as a uniform for diplomacy) to prove his competence. India, will inevitably go back to its roots to look for solutions to the problems created due its romance with western cultures. The pandemic has already provide a lesson on what is essential for life. It would require enormous amount of effort to retain what is relevant, yet discover a fresh path. Cities will decongest providing the necessary opportunity for the rural communities. Many countries would align with others in their geographic vicinity, where common but forgotten cultural values would bind people together. This strong force of geo-socio-cultural assertion would give rise to what can ultimately be transformed into the circular economy. With this change on the physical level, the digital level, will coexist. The business models would thus emerge within this new order.

A vision of the circular economy which will arise alongside multipolarity.

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