Kangana Ranaut Slams 'Western Brainwashing:' Indians Can't Afford To Be 'Bored And Lazy' Until We Become Developed Country

Bollywood star Kangana Ranaut has made a case for an “obsessive work culture” in India.

What Happened: Ranaut, who was elected to the Lok Sabha from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh, expressed her views on India’s work culture. She suggested that the country should adopt an “obsessive work culture” to accelerate its development.

The actor-turned-politician shared a video of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first address to his team in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO,) where he emphasized the importance of a strong work ethic for the nation’s development.

Ranaut wrote in her Instagram post, "We need to normalize obsessive work culture and stop with the waiting for the weekends and crib about Mondays memes."

She added, "That’s all Western brainwashing, we are not a developed nation yet, we can’t afford to be bored and lazy at all."

Image Credit: Kangana/Instagram

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Why It Matters: Ranaut’s comments come in the wake of a broader debate in India about work culture.

Industry leaders like Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy have suggested that working long hours is essential for India to compete effectively on the global stage.

In 2023, Murthy’s suggestion of a 70-hour work week for Indian professionals to compete on a global scale stirred up controversy online, with many supporting his reasoning and several critical of the stance.

This was followed by another tech leader, Shantanu Narayen, the CEO of Adobe, who encouraged young individuals to do what suits them best.

More recently, Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Company’s Managing Director Nilesh Shah suggested that for India to grow more rapidly, a generation of people needs to embrace the 12-hour workday culture, which is common in China, Korea, and Japan.

Shah mentioned that the 84-hour work week would “accelerate the country’s growth” and would help people to transfer to “middle and upper-income levels”.

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