My passion is inclusiveness.
We all talk about making India a super-power. A super-power, in my terms, is NOT the one which behaves like a street rogue, threatens other countries, follows a divide-and-rule policy, and sell weapons against each other.
A super-power is one, which has love in its heart, has so much to offer through its citizens, a nation with abundance, and willing to help through diplomacy and philanthropy. A super-power is one which can show that little bit of fire in times of need, when a rat’s tail becomes longer than its body and wags. As you can see, India has many of these traits already built-in. It’s ready to take on, with its majority young population of 1.2 billion, which is almost 19 percent of the world’s population, just that we need to build a few things to make that happen.
Famines and foreign invasions created a havoc in the country. In 1947, the average life expectancy was 26 years in India. We didn’t have proper food, clothing, shelter and nothing to look forward to. In 2013, today, that’s not the case. We are in a stage, where medical, technological and engineering advances have been imported, and our average life expectancy is 63 years. We are doing okay with food production. But, still there are several major gaps.
While the 30% of the India’s population that live in cities and major towns enjoy the fruits of economic well-being, 70% still live in villages and depend on agriculture. These 70% live in poverty conditions (if not ‘extreme’ as per the government wordings), don’t have a single good food a day, divided by languages in education, thus cannot go work or do higher studies in another state or a foreign country, and reproduce for generating labour force for the family for income. This is insane.
Our laws are out-dated and tax regime is in shambles.
We have enough political parties to satisfy each and everyone’s egos, now it’s time to look at what really needs to be done to make this country a super-power.
We had been clerks and accountants and xxx-dars for the British government. We maintained files and offices and provided transportation arrangements for the British officers. We are not doing anything new these days. We have not matured to respect various professions, and still look out for the job that gives the highest salary.
People from central Indian states like Bihar, West Bengal, Chattisgarh travel to other states in trains to find jobs in real estate sector in states like Kerala – leaving behind their agricultural lands, family and culture. Are we really thriving?
So, let’s look at the solutions.
As a nation, we need to make significant progress in rural (remember, 70%) primary education where the ability of the students to study, wonder and ask questions to broaden their perspectives. This will generate the next generation scientists, mathematicians, geologists, historians and any other field experts, who can wonder and awe the vast expanse of this universe and make significant advances in these fields. Isha Vidhya (http://www.facebook.com/ishavidhya , http://www.ishavidhya.org) an NGO, works tireless on educating the rural children of India through its English medium schools with integrated computer education for the most economically backward children. Take a look at their website, their methodology of education, their management and other details.
We need leaders who inspire leaders in every field, not just politics. We need entrepreneurs who take social problems and convert them into viable businesses. We need people who question status-quo, and suggest improvements. We need people who can take initiative in suggesting modifications to the outdated law and enable it to take it to the parliament (long shot, yes, can we do it? Of course yes, just need a bunch of committed people).
And yes, we have enough people. All it takes are hearts. Only if you could spare yourself and work on what is required to be done within your circle of influence (and you need to keep expanding this circle of influence), we can make this country shine and become a super-power. If we don’t, we don’t have the right to blame it on politicians and bureaucracy and corruption. Not anymore. It’s on us. Let’s make it happen !
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