The new millennium may signify many things, but what it should signify to Indians is that there is very little life to read the writing which is clearly visible on the wall supposed to introspect or otherwise the future as you want it to be can never be yours.
Though India is the largest democracy. We can derive satisfaction about the fact that we have retained our unity and sense of nationality in spite of often bewildering diversities. The self- sufficiency we have achieved in food is also no small feat. We can also legitimately be proud of some of our achievement in the frontier areas of science and technology. All of these are important element in Assessing the strength of the foundation on which we hope to build the edifice of our future.
However there is something contrary to the feel good picture. we must look beyond what we want to see, to see what the reality is. The reality is disturbing. indeed it is so disturbing that it should infuse in us an imminent sense of crisis 55 years after independence we have over 300 millions of people who live below the poverty line and go hungry to bed every night. This means that the entire population of India in 1947 is student living in poverty . which is by any standard the starkest definition of deeper interpretation it is a matter of considerable shame that in our Rajdhani Delhi , as many as 46% of the people are illiterate. The situation in the field of primary health care should also give us sleepless nights. Every three minutes a child in Indian die due to diarrhoea. A slogging 50 % of the children below the age of five years are victims of malnutrition. There are another indications which are deeply shocking; Almost 30% of Indian population have no access to safe drinking water, 57% have no access to electricity, 59% do not have even ‘pucca’ house to live in , and over 70% have no access to toilet.
In visualizing, therefore the future of India the one truth we must understand is that it is no longer possible for a part of India to progress and become globalized while another part of India (which is numerically greater) continuous to be deprived. The successful can not an secret any aspiration to do so will fail.
Many people especially from the middle classes, believe that the solution to all our problem is to reduce the size of unwashed masses. They would be more than happy if some method could be found to castrate the poor, so that they don’t continue to, as is the common believe, marry and multiple like rabbits. The problem, of course is that we are functioning democracy. And the truth is that those whome we castrate visit the ballot often. An attempt was made in the past to sterilize people with the help of force. It did not work Without doubt the increasing population of India is very serious matter. The answer of population control lies in education.
There is little doubt that India has a future in the new Millennium. The future can be greater than ever before but for that to happen we will have to grasp our very own bull by its horns that there are blinkers on our eyes that prevent us from seeing the truth, Hypocrisy creates gap between substance and image but now the time for such a sterlize dichotomies is over. The future of the India is in this new Millennium will be determined solely by the unity of citizens to forge the inter integral vision that inspire us to think and embrace the gods of all Indians.
I have always been against Glorifying Over Work and therefore, in the year 2021, I have decided to launch this campaign “Balancing Life”and talk about this wrong practice, that we have been following since last few years. I will be talking to and interviewing around 1 lakh people in the coming 2021 and publish their interview regarding their opinion on glamourising Over Work.
If you are interested in participating in the same, do let me know.
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