While I have read many inspirational books, there is one amongst them that holds a special place for me, being the most motivating of all the books I have read so far. ‘As a Man Thinketh’ is a classic literary essay written in the early 1900’s by James Allen, a British philosopher, writer and a pioneer of the self-help movement in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
The thing that impressed me most about this book is how the writer perfectly illustrates the dilemmas of modern man and guides the reader towards a healthy, prosperous and fulfilling lifestyle by addressing the issues. ‘As a man thinketh’ underlines the fact that a man is both made or unmade by himself! It is the thought or mindset of a person which eventually determines his/her destiny.
In the race to create a better lifestyle, secured economy, and progressive social structure, a handful of countries have fared better than the rest. The reason behind could be the impact of the industrial revolution, natural resource availability, social awareness, or plain and simple agile business tactics. But, the result definitely sets countries like US, UK, Germany, Japan, apart from the likes of India, Africa, Brazil, Indonesia.
2016 has been a progressive year for Indian solar industry. The leap from 5 GW in 2015 to around 9 GW grid-connected solar capacity was an incredible growth indeed. Rooftop segment has also flourished with the support of Government and rising awareness in the country, surpassing the 1 GW mark, achieving 113 percent growth rate in the last 12 months. The idea of solar park installations has also seen improvement with the Government approving 34 solar parks in 21 states. Although these indicators are pointing towards progress, it is important that we try to evaluate if the current growth rate can translate into success by reaching the 100 GW mark by 2022.
The primary idea powering the Indian solar vision was energy sustainability and initiating internal industrial growth to control the nation’s own solar future. Approaching investors, drafting policies, and getting multi-billion-dollar financial aid to install solar panels in the country are obviously increasing the energy generation rate, which stands today at 8.06 GW. But, it doesn’t actually build industrial infrastructure required to claim a portion of global solar market or to provide sustainability.