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What ails India?

Posted on: August 14, 2015

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The other day one of my friend, frustrated at our Indian system which didn’t provide him whatever befits his capability commented “Ours is a hundred crore plus anarchy.” Being a respectable man and someone whose opinion I greatly value, I sat pondering over his statement the next few days. The birth of this piece has taken place from those musings. Frankly speaking, I am not an authority on politics. This can just be considered as a view of a concerned citizen. I’ve outlined whatever I feel is some of the grave problems that besets our country at this juncture.

Foremost, I feel we should inculcate a feeling of oneness amongst us. It will materialise when the laws would be the same for each and every citizen. No two citizens of the country is treated differently. Uniform civil code is mandatory to create a sense of true Indianness.

Secondly, thrust should be on Education for all. High illiteracy is the root cause for many of the problems that plague our country. Once education spreads, there’s bound to be all round development in all areas. The present education system which hardly allows a student to creatively explore his field needs to be changed. Memorising the contents for examinations and obtaining good marks seems to have become the only purpose of education these days.

Thirdly, reservation needs to be done away with once and for all. Unfortunately with each passing year reservation seems to be on the increase. Merit should only be the governing factor in choosing a candidate for job/promotion. I was witness to many a student from reserved categories who are admitted to prestigious colleges and courses, and unable to meet the standards of the required course, and eventually find themselves in a difficult situation. To uplift the poorer/neglected sections, more schools can be opened, teachers can be recruited to teach at these schools, education can be subsidised, but reservation? Nah! There’s hardly any point in producing more Doctors, Engineers and other professionals at the cost of lowering the standards of these respective high skill demanding jobs, something a student who comes from a reserved category is most likely unable to achieve.

Fourthly, all the major Indian languages should be treated equally and can be accorded a “National language” kind of status. Present policy of promotion of our existing National language i.e Hindi is perhaps resulting in inadequate promotion of other rich Indian languages. Promotion of a commercial-Hindi-film-type-of-entertainment -culture by the Govt. in the media is poisoning the atmosphere for development of creative art. For instance, with programmes like Kaun Banega Krorepati becoming popular and several similar such programmes already in the pipeline, it’s ushering an unhealthy trend. The most annoying section in Kaun Banega Krorepati is the entertainment based questions, which invariably revolve around Bollywood. And not on good Indian art, which have brought the country acclaim at an International level. Recently, the undesirable ban of Hindi films and entertainment in Manipur, or the massacre of Hindi speaking businessmen in Assam by regional militant groups is possibly an indication of the rising intolerance of some sections against pro-Hindi group.

Corruption seems to be everywhere in our country. Strict enforcement of laws and severe punishment for anyone found guilty in corrupt practices can reduce the menace to some extent. A good value based education will further help in removing corruption from our society.

Gender Inequality is another blot that need to be whitened. As on date, the workplace is highly skewed and in many important jobs there are very few women in comparison to their male counterpart.

Family planning and its implementation should be undertaken on a war footing. Population explosion has to be controlled. The Govt. can also announce special incentives for small families. Like in Denmark, where the education of a child is free if he/she is the only offspring in the family. This will certainly help in controlling the population, as people will try to avail of such benefits.

Also Politicians who are responsible for the welfare of the common man should possess some basic education. How about making it mandatory for politicians to undergo and pass a reasonably tough course on Indian Philosophy and Culture? If the leader himself is an oaf, one can imagine where he’s going to lead his subjects.  This is absolutely imperative for a country such as ours, where politicians with criminal records or having no education at all are controlling us most often with disastrous results.

Proper equitable development of all regions of this nation should be ensured. This will ease the migration of skilled workers from their region to other regions where the grass seems to be greener. For example, most of our software companies seems to be located in Hyderabad and Bangalore. Certain factors conducive towards an industry growing in a certain region must unquestionably be better in these places, but there ain’t any reason why certain other Indian cities can’t become the hub of Industrial/Software activity too.

Above all, Education should stress on all round development — mental, health and spiritual aspects. Sports and games should be encouraged, as well as other creative arts. It would help inculcate a sense of responsibility amongst us caring for our environment etc.

Thanks for reading. Jai Hind!

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(HAD WRITTEN THIS AROUND 12-15 YEARS BACK ….)

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