More than 2200 years ago, The Chinese philosopher Hsun Tsu wrote: “When stars fall or a sacred tree groans, the people of the whole state are afraid. We ask “Why is it?” I answer: there is no (special) reason.... These are rare events. We may marvel at them but we should not fear them. For there is no age which has not experienced eclipses of the sun and moon, unseasonable rain or wind, or strange stars seen in groups ... but when human ominous signs come, then we should really be afraid. Using poor ploughs ... spoiling a crop by inadequate hoeing and weeding ... these are what I mean by ominous human signs.”
Han Fei Tzu, a contemporary of Hsun Tsu, wrote: “If the ruler believes in date-selecting, worships gods and demons, puts faith in divination, and likes luxurious feasts, then ruin is possible.”
We Indians are bogged down by both of the above problems. Replace the examples given by the philosopher with contemporary examples. We have contractors and engineers, for example, who construct roads or buildings that have very short lives. Our food is adulterated, our water is no more free, our air is unbreathable... The cow is more sacred than human beings. Our religious leaders demand sterilisation of people belonging to particular faiths. Human ominous signs are rampant putting us on our guard.
It is not the gods in the mythology or the heavenly bodies of astrology that control our lives. It is us. Especially our leaders who form the policies and shape public opinions. Quite many of our leaders are yet to acquire a fraction of the wisdom that some of our forefathers possessed more than 2200 years ago.