After years of wandering the less travelled roads in that historically forgotten
region of Shekhavati, my father said to me “There must be something about the water
of that land, for whosoever has drunk it has really gone places!” He was referring
to the formidable Marwaris. Later, observing the wisdom of his comment,when the
research was done and the first book on Shekhavati, published at our singular initiative,
I could add a rider to that statement: “But only those who drunk its water and migrated,
were twice blessed. Those who stayed remained like the rest!”
The much-maligned Marwaris have all the historic traits of genius that make a community successful and thereby coveted. This brings both envy and jealousy for those who sit about without using their sixth sense and letting opportunity pass like an invisible breeze. So, given the same circumstances of a semi-arid and hostile countryside, with an acute shortage of water, the sun beating down mercilessly for some eight months, you would hardly expect the rise of a community, which the American scholar Timberg calculated, controlled 60% of the assets of the modern sector of the Indian economy. No mean achievement that, if one considers the size of that historical region which forms 1/6th of one of the 30 states of India.
The lessons of history from the early years of Marwaris on the make:
1. Austerity. When less is ‘more’, more can only be a bounteous plenty
2. Simplicity. This keeps unhealthy competition and competitiveness at bay
3. Sharing. No one can take from you that which you have the power to create constantly
4. Lack of insecurity. To plough back and not hoard so that all is used constructively
5. Forsaking immediate greed. This builds trust and sets up long-term relationships of mutual benefit.
6. Giving back to society. For how much can one consume? More...