Strong India lies in developed and prosperous India by HC120929045439


									Strong India lies in developed and prosperous India

‘Strong India lies in developed and prosperous India’-there is no doubt as to the
truthfulness of this saying. We all know that the strength of a country is directly
proportional to its level of development and its degree of prosperity. In this essay, I
would like to touch upon India’s once prosperous and glorious past and then proceed to
analyse the present factors that have brought about the downfall of that golden past and
have become thorns in the path of the further development of our country. I would also
like to discuss ways to eradicate these factors so that India once again becomes the strong
nation that it once was ,and throw some light on how India is gradually changing. After
that, I would like to say a few words on how a stronger India will affect global, political
and regional patterns and the lives of future students of India. Finally, I would like to
conclude with an outline of the contributions I would like to make towards the
development of my country.

       I definitely believe that strong India lies in developed and prosperous India. The
proof of this lies in India’s past itself. India has long been a power to be reckoned in Asia.
This is largely due to the fact that ever since ancient times, India has been the cradle of
intellectual development in Asia and has been way ahead of other civilizations in terms of
other forms of development too. A glowing example of this is the Indus Valley
Civilization .As we now know, this civilization was one of the most developed
civilizations of the ancient times with well-planned cities, citadels, storehouses to store
food grains that they had already learnt how to grow in abundance, a great underground
drainage system and so on. But the most striking feature of all was that they had already
developed seals bearing images of deities and, most importantly, inscriptions. The
inscriptions bear testimony to the fact that even in those days, people had found out a
way to store and propagate knowledge. They had also developed a form of trading
system, namely, the barter system which enabled them to flourish and prosper as a
civilization. This speaks volumes of the intellectual capacity of the Indian people even in
those times. Then, as we gradually proceed forward in the chronology of Indian history,
we come across scholars and statesmen like Chanakya who, with their tremendous
intelligence blended with Machiavellian craftiness ,guided India to new heights of
success and prosperity.

      But in modern times, India has fallen into the clutches of demons like poverty,
population explosion and corruption, all intrinsically linked to each other and which need
to be eradicated as soon as possible. Poverty is one of the biggest challenges of India
today. A majority of the common people of India live in villages in remote corners of the
country, most of them below the poverty line. They don’t have access to primary
education for, either they don’t have primary schools in their villages or the village-
children trade their school-lives for earning money by working as child laborers in order
to sustain their ever-burgeoning families. This is where the interrelationship between
poverty and population explosion becomes apparent. Due to poverty and lack off formal
education, the poor people of our country are unable to fathom the disastrous effects that
population explosion can have for our country. They feel that more helping hands in the
family automatically means more money. They don’t realize that it also means more
mouths to feed or just ignore this aspect deliberately. Besides, due to lack of other forms
of entertainment, they often turn to unsafe sex for amusing themselves. All this has led to
India’s population crossing one billion in the last couple of years. The effects are all too
obvious to us. Overpopulation has led to straining of the available resources of India such
as food ,housing ,hygiene facilities, agricultural land e.t.c .Due to lack of sufficient job
opportunities, more and more people are being rendered unemployed. This ,in turn, is
causing many of them to look towards unfairv means of earning money and hence
opening the door to corruption. Once corruption enters the scene, it spoils the very
mindset of even the not-so-poor people. This is exactly wh at is happening in India. The
middle-class and wealthy people, on seeing their poorer counterparts survive on
corruption, are being tempted by the greed of money to do the same themselves although
they don’t have the slightest need for doing so. This is propagating from generation to
generation and is gradually spoiling the whole work culture of India. Today, as we know,
there are even instances of wealthy ministers and leaders of the country indulging
incorruption. This ,in turn, is setting a bad example for future generations and frustrating
the people who believe in living life honestly.

         Thus we see that corruption is a direct consequence of population explosion
which, in turn, is a direct consequence of poverty and each on e leads to the other
resulting in a vicious never-ending cycle.

          The only visible way to break out of this seemingly never-ending cycle is to
control the everbooming population of India. Once the population is under control, the
quality of life of the common people, especially those below the poverty line, will
improve dramatically with increased job opportunities on the financial front and better
health facilities on the personal front. For this to be possible, the common people have to
be taught the benefits of birth-control methods and persuaded to embrace them .In other
words, they have to be educated on this. So we come to the next most important step for
the development of India-that of spreading education. Education ,as we know, equips an
individual with basic skills to lead a healthy, happy and productive life. It opens the
world of knowledge to him ij the form of books and other educational material. Imagine
where India would have been know if every farmer in every remote corner of India had
undergone primary education! It would have made him adopt modern methods of farming
and would have enabled him to pass on this knowledge to his fellow farmers as well
leading, on a wider scale, to increased crop-productivity and consequently, a boost to
our economy. It would also have enabled poor farmers to efficiently manage their
finances and avoid falling into the clutches of unscrupulous moneylenders. Another
important aspect of education is its role in eradicating superstitions from the society.
Rural India is, even today, very much at the mercy of superstitions. Every other day, we
hear about satis ,dowry deaths, child-marriages ,girl-children not being sent to school and
so on. As long as superstitions are not eradicated, India can never become a global
superpower because equality, be it gender-equality or social equality, is the basis for a
strong democratic infrastructure.
      I am happy to be able to say that India is definitely changing for the better though it
will take time for a radical change to come about. Through the initiatives of some
competent political leaders and NGOs, lots of primary schools have been set up all ov er
the country where free education and food are distributed to the poor children. A stiff
resistance has been put up against child labor and appropriate laws brought into
existence so that the future of India’s children becomes brighter. Banks have started
schemes for distributing loans at lower interests for child education.

        As India continues to develop industrially and economically, more advanced
research centers are coming up all over the country where research in latest topics such
as space research ,cancer-related fields, computer science, semiconductors ,biotechnology
e.t .c are being carried out by extremely qualified and efficient scientists and researchers.
As a result, India today boasts of ultra-modern hospitals with latest medical gadgets ,its
own satellites, a highly developed software industry and many more technical
achievements. The agricultural scenario has also improved with highly sophisticated
indigenously built agricultural machinery and pesticides now being made available to the
common farmer at reasonable costs. Thus things finally seem to be falling into place for
         A stronger India definitely means more global authority for the Indians both at
the administrative as well as the economic level. At the administrative level, India will
not need to worry about each and every reaction of other foreign countries with regard to
the steps it takes to protect its internal policies as it will no longer depend much on those
countries for its military and other financial or material needs. This will earn India a
new respect in the eyes of its peers. Economically, a more industrially developed India
will attract more potential investors and customers worldwide lading to further industrial
development for India. Multinational companies will set up more bases in our country
leading to increased job opportunities for the Indian people. All this will affect our
economy positively.

       India’s internal political stability will increase too as once prosperity sets in, the
different states and regional factions will have lesser and lesser to complain about ,for
then it will be possible to bring about an overall development of all individual parts of
the country, the economic constraints no longer being much of an issue .As a result,
strikes and bandhs will gradually take a backseat and industrial losses caused by them
will become minimal. The central and state finances can then be channel zed towards
developmental projects rather than for deploying soldiers and arms to different parts of
the country to stop warring factions and to maintain peace in the country.

      Another area which, in my opinion, will receive a tremendous boost in a stronger
India is the tourism industry. India, as we know, has a great geographical and cultural
diversity. Geographically, it has a wide variety of climates and landforms ranging from
the snowy hills of Kashmir to the deserts of Rajasthan , the plains of West Bengal and
the backwaters of Kerala, to name a few. Culturally too, each state has its own rich
heritage, food habits, traditional dresses, language and festivals. At p resent, this great
potential of India as a tourist destination has not been fully tapped due to economic
constraints and internal upheavals. But once India becomes more developed and
prosperous and the aforementioned problems cease, I am sure tourism will become one of
the greatest sources of income for the country.
         Regarding the impact of a stronger India on the future students of India, I feel that
in future, Indian students may not need to come to the US at all in search of better
educational and research facilities and in search of a better life in general because this
will all be available in India itself. India will then be the home of state-of-the-art
academic and technical universities with hi-tech libraries and research facilities and there
will be no dearth of opportunities for students there. So the brain-drain problem will be
all but solved!

          Personally, I would like to help India develop by starting a number of NGOs to
improve the quality of life of the poorer sections of Indian society and also by donating
money periodically to non-profit organizations that look after orphans, old and mentally
and physically challenged people in India. I feel that if every NRI does this kind of
charity work on a small scale, the ultimate effort will affect India positively on an
unimaginably large scale Thus, I would sincerely urge all my fellow Indian students in
the US who plan to settle here to participate in these little acts of charity once they are
well-employed because one person’s act of kindness here can actually help build a
child’s life back in India. I am sure that Indians abroad, being a close-knit community
having very strong nationalist sentiments ,are well-aware of all the issues facing their
country and it would be sheer ignorance on my part to think that they are not
contributing to India’s development in their own small ways. Thus, I would like to
conclude my essay with the following words: Let all of us Indians pledge to contribute
to India’s development and prosperity in our own small ways in order to make her a
global superpower in the years to come for ,as the famous saying from the story of Robert
Bruce and the spider goes ,try ,try and you will succeed. Jai hind !

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