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 India. 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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