Every Experience is a lesson, every loss is a gain Every Experience is a lesson, every loss is a gain

 

(GS PAPPER4, Attitude

Source- The Hindu, pib, Indian Express)

The constitution of India is often called a living document. It has stood the test of times and kept our country united and democratic. This has been possible due to the knowledge and wisdom of our constitution framers who learned from their struggle during the freedom struggle and used that experience to create a solid constitution for the benefit of the country. It is often said that failure is the best teacher and those who refuse to learn from it often fail to gain. Similarly, experience is the best guide, be it of self or of others. Such valuable lessons should never be wasted if one has to move ahead and be happy in life.  This world is filled with examples of people who have used experience and failures as a stepping stone to their success. Our late President Dr. Abdul Kalam is one such example, in his early years at DRDO while developing the missiles he used to face continuous failure, criticism day in and day out. But he continued to learn from such failures and also documented all the reasons, shared his experience with others, and took advice from others. In the end, the result was the astonishing success of DRDO in developing various missiles such as Prithvi and Agni. Today, Dr. Kalam is remembered as the missile man of India.  A similar example is of Gandhiji, who learned from his experience in South Africa, Champaran satyagraha and Ahmedabad Mill strike, and Kheda Satyagraha. He used this lesson to create a larger pan India movement and launch Non- cooperation movement in 1919, the Civil Disobedience movement in 1930-31, and the Quit India movement in 1942. Gandhi also never wasted a chance to convert loss into again. When British judges ordered Gandhiji to leave the Champaran district in order to make the movement a failure, Gandhiji disobeyed the court orders thus gaining more popularity and widening the movement.  Internationally, the example of Rwanda is often discussed that how a country that was torn 25 years ago today has one of the highest human development indexes in Africa. The reason is simple, after the experience of decolonization from Belgium and facing failures such as poverty, hunger and civil wars. The leaders of Rwanda began to create a society that was based on merit, respect the rule of law, and free from corruption. They did all this due to their experiences and lessons from the past.  A similar example has been of Indian military planners. After a humiliating defeat by China in 1962 and the suboptimal performance of the Armed forces in the 1965 war against Pakistan. The Indian military went back to the drawing board. The military reduced its vulnerability, increased the jointness of all three wings (land, sea, and air), and optimized itself. The result was shown in the 1971 Indo-Pak war, where within 14 days India was able to obtain the unconditional surrender of East Pakistan forces, and hence a new nation named Bangladesh was born. Actors such as Rajkumar Rao and Nawazuddin Sidique are living examples of people who have come from top to bottom because they had the patience and courage to learn from their experience and to convert their loss into gains.  The present Covid-19 crisis presents to us a similar situation where we have to make sure that every experience becomes a lesson and every loss is converted into a gain. The government has brought a series of reforms in sectors of labour , agriculture and banking to ensure that India emerges much stronger and resilient from this crisis of Covid-19. Because if we do not convert this crisis of Covid-19 into an opportunity then we will be making the same mistakes we have been making in the past, such as over-reliance on subsidies for growth or government spending-led growth rather than investment-led growth. History is ripe with examples of people, communities, and countries who do not learn from experience and do not use mistakes as a stepping stone to gain success.  The communal violence present in our society is one such glaring example, where we as a country should have emerged more united, but with each clash, we become more divided as we don’t learn from the past and don’t care about lessons we have suffered.  A similar experience is of traffic accidents where every accident must provoke thought in society, where more than 3 lakh deaths per year on roads must call for stricter laws and better building procedures. But rather what we have is a greater number of minors on the roads, more and more pot-holes on the roads, and an increasing number of youths who are over-spending on drinking and driving. The same is the case with urban planning, year after year a crisis is wasted to learn something new and the crisis repeats itself. The best example is the regular flooding of Mumbai during the monsoon. Internationally we can see USA which has invaded one country after another be it Vietnam, Iraq or Afghanistan and it has failed in its original objectives due to the simple reason that it has refused to learn from its experiences and has not properly assessed its failures so that it can use them to better its experience. Pakistan is also a basket case, the country has used hatred for India, terrorism, and drug smuggling to fight its proxy war. But in the end, it has only destroyed itself. Today it has become a global outcast and has been grey-listed by FATF, but still, the country continues to engage in these uncivilized measures thus going further down with time. Because the country has not learned its lessons, be it from the attack on Peshawar school or various bomb blasts in the country. The constitution of India is often called a living document. It has stood the test of times and kept our country united and democratic. This has been possible due to the knowledge and wisdom of our constitution framers who learned from their struggle during the freedom struggle and used that experience to create a solid constitution for the benefit of the country. It is often said that failure is the best teacher and those who refuse to learn from it often fail to gain. Similarly, experience is the best guide, be it of self or of others. Such valuable lessons should never be wasted if one has to move ahead and be happy in life.  This world is filled with examples of people who have used experience and failures as a stepping stone to their success. Our late President Dr. Abdul Kalam is one such example, in his early years at DRDO while developing the missiles he used to face continuous failure, criticism day in and day out. But he continued to learn from such failures and also documented all the reasons, shared his experience with others, and took advice from others. In the end, the result was the astonishing success of DRDO in developing various missiles such as Prithvi and Agni. Today, Dr. Kalam is remembered as the missile man of India.  A similar example is of Gandhiji, who learned from his experience in South Africa, Champaran satyagraha and Ahmedabad Mill strike, and Kheda Satyagraha. He used this lesson to create a larger pan India movement and launch Non- cooperation movement in 1919, the Civil Disobedience movement in 1930-31, and the Quit India movement in 1942. Gandhi also never wasted a chance to convert loss into again. When British judges ordered Gandhiji to leave the Champaran district in order to make the movement a failure, Gandhiji disobeyed the court orders thus gaining more popularity and widening the movement.  Internationally, the example of Rwanda is often discussed that how a country that was torn 25 years ago today has one of the highest human development indexes in Africa. The reason is simple, after the experience of decolonization from Belgium and facing failures such as poverty, hunger, and civil wars. The leaders of Rwanda began to create a society that was based on merit, respect the rule of law, and was free from corruption. They did all this due to their experiences and lessons from the past.  A similar example has been of Indian military planners. After a humiliating defeat by China in 1962 and the suboptimal performance of the Armed forces in the 1965 war against Pakistan. The Indian military went back to the drawing board. The military reduced its vulnerability, increased the jointness of all three wings (land, sea, and air), and optimized itself. The result was shown in the 1971 Indo-Pak war, where within 14 days India was able to obtain the unconditional surrender of East Pakistan forces, and hence a new nation named Bangladesh was born. Actors such as Rajkumar Rao and Nawazuddin Sidique are living examples of people who have come from top to bottom because they had the patience and courage to learn from their experience and to convert their loss into gains.  The present Covid-19 crisis presents to us a similar situation where we have to make sure that every experience becomes a lesson and every loss is converted into again. The government has brought a series of reforms in sectors of labor, agriculture, and banking to ensure that India emerges much stronger and resilient from this crisis of Covid-19. Because if we do not convert this crisis of Covid-19 into an opportunity then we will be making the same mistakes we have been making in the past, such as over-reliance on subsidies for growth or government spending-led growth rather than investment-led growth. History is ripe with examples of people, communities, and countries who do not learn from experience and do not use mistakes as a stepping stone to gain success.  The communal violence present in our society is one such glaring example, where we as a country should have emerged more united, but with each clash we become more divided as we don’t learn from the past and don’t care about lessons we have suffered.  Similar experience is of traffic accidents where every accident must provoke a thought in society, where more than 3 lakh deaths per year on roads must call for stricter laws and better building procedures. But rather what we have is a greater number of minors on the roads, more and more pot-holes on the roads and an increasing number of youths who are over-spending on drinking and driving. The same is the case with urban planning, year after year a crisis is wasted to learn something new and the crisis repeats itself. The best example is the regular flooding of Mumbai during the monsoon. Internationally we can see the USA which has invaded one country after another be it Vietnam, Iraq, or Afghanistan and it has failed in its original objectives due to the simple reason that it has refused to learn from its experiences and has not properly assessed its failures so that it can use them to better its experience. Pakistan is also a basket case, the country has used hatred for India, terrorism, and drug smuggling to fight its proxy war. But in the end, it has only destroyed itself. Today it has become a global outcast and has been grey-listed by FATF, but still, the country continues to engage in these uncivilized measures thus going further down with time. Because the country has not learned its lessons, be it from the attack on Peshawar school or various bomb blasts in the country.

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