Yes, Himachalis lack self-confidence. Himachalis lack self confidence to take risks. And Punjabis are the most in my opinion oozing with self-confidence. They know how to take risks and may be that’s why they are more successful than anybody else. I may also bring in Gujaratis here while referring to risk taking factors.
As far as Himachalis are concerned they lack the self-confidence to take risks, one may be because they are self-contended people and have a lot to lose. They want to stick on to what ever they have. You’ll see that only a very few people will invest into risks, whether be business, share market or anything else. We’ll invest with minimum risk and only if we are sure that we gain and not lose. And also let us not mix up education and self-confidence. It’s common sense and nobody needs to go into major theories.
One… lesser the education, the more options psychologically you have to do a work. You can be a labourer, peon, or anything else. The more educated you are, lesser the options you give yourself. The other options are still available but you rule out those options yourself. Ask a post-graduate or PhD to take up a job of a clerk, only a few will take it up. And another thing is, lesser the education, earlier you’ll get a job. In a sense that job won’t be of an officer, but a labourer, a peon, a helping hand at the local shop, dhaba, stall, mechanic. But ask those thousands of students in HPU who are jobless but enrol year after year in one or the other course to pursue HAS. They are not ready to take up any other job. And nor are they willing to be enterprising that they become entrepreneurs and venture out alone into a business.
I’ll give you a small example. On the Shimla Kalka Highway, there are many dhabas run by Himachalis. But all are unclean, unkempt and only a few visit them. Then there is Giani Da Dhaba at Dharampur. Why is it successful? All tourists visit him… why? Not because he is a Sardar… but because he is enterprising and just cleanliness and a few other things of being innovative and there you are with a successful business. Mind you Giani da Dhaba is not a restaurant but a small dhaba. In Sanjauli in Shimla, there are a few other eateries and dhabas, but all again unclean and catering to drivers or conductors or labourers. But if some others want to visit them, they shirk from going because of the uncleanliness. But in Sanjauli there is Himkiran Dhaba (also known as Pappi da Dhaba), he is successful again.
But I think I’m digressing again… Coming back to the point… we have to be self-confident to take risks, be innovative and not just be run of the mill… Chal raha hai toh chal raha hai. While avenues are open for the less educated… more avenues are open for more educated as they have the brains and they can be enterprising and entrepreneurship is expected from them. But Himachal as a fact lacks in entrepreneurship. If you look at economy development in Himachal, agriculture’s CAGR (Compound annual growth rate) is zero. Tourism’s growth rate is 2 per cent. Which is poor. Industry has been stagnant. I mean CAGR, and certainly don’t deny that there have been no industries. There have been but their growth rate has been negligible. Only growth has been in horticulture. And whereas the mainstay of Himachal’s economy has been tourism and agriculture. And if we need to develop tourism, we need more of Giani da Dhabas and Pappi da Dhabas. Not literally but metaphorically in all round development. Himachal has got the highest number of NGOs listed in India but then today its a profession not social work.
As far as language is concerned, yes its evolution, but the question here is not of evolution but of being ashamed. People think, pahari is inferior as many think for Hindi today. They prefer to communicate in English, because English is hep. May be its different in Himachal, but in Delhi ask all these guys how many marks they got in Hindi and English. They pass on border in Hindi and in English they score in 90s. It’s just a phenomena. Though we speak in Hindi but we don’t read Hindi. Same is the case for Pahari. Time is coming, when many of these hep guys have started thinking in English as well.