Thanks for reaching out and taking the trouble to write at so much length. Obviously you have given this a lot of thought.
But as @sta has pointed out, everyone is a novice, a learner, a practitioner and a senior at some point of the journey.
Your point is more about the perceived lack of hand-holding/active intervention by seniors or their lack of need of participation given the bull run underway. While that may be true for some folks you may know, its naive to assume that to be true for most of VP so called seniors. India and Indian businesses are at an inflection point. When we started out in 2010, it was a difficult to come across a great well-managed emerging business capable of taking on global competition and hold their own. Today we are astonished to find more and more companies have that belief in their capabiities, are doing an world-beating job (on top of execution), and there are enabling tailwinds in many sectors of manufactured exports from India, which are likely to be there for next 5-10 years at the least.
The more we meet such companies, the more this belief is getting strengthened in us (no matter all the struggles/logjam in domestic policy/law-passing, credit and capex cycle stalling) that the next 10 years is really India’s decade. There are hungry managements having the belief and the self-confidence, with execution skills and the required growth mindset - that are well-placed to harness the opportunities/rise up to the challenges in front of them. We are meeting many more such companies every year today, than we could find in 2010-11. So there is no reason for anyone to sit back on their laurels. Its about passion - its about the VP disruptive model - its about making a real difference in equity investing in India.
Those who are passionate - will prosper - with or without hand-holding from the seniors. They will quietly do the work themselves and actively seek out mailing/meeting/learning from the seniors. Out of top 20 contributors at VP in 2015, 9 have full-time active jobs, and yet they manage to do an exemplary job that energises others around them.
Its about putting YOUR hand up! Its not about being led by the hand by well-meaning seniors. Its about YOU. Its not about anyone else! The VP community and the Platform is the enabling environment for you. Are you among those well-managed sincere, hard working, laborious and hungry guys that will make the most of this platform - is upto you.
Its always very tempting to take the easier way out - (ride on borrowed conviction from others). How many work hard to go on to know even one business inside-out, so much so that they know the most about that business in VP. That is always my advise to new learners - on upping the learning curve. The Gurus have written everything, there is no need to re-invent the wheel. Its only when you work hard and try to apply (to your business that you are studying) that the real insights will be revealed to you. No amount of senior-talk ,or portfolio q&a, or accelerated-learning presentations at VP, or VP Public Portfolio can provide you short-cuts to upping the REAL learning curve - unless backed up by sincere hard, passionate work.
Like they say there are no free lunches in life!! Choice is Open to all.