India : The road ahead


India, as we know, is the largest democracy in the world, mainly because of its population. India is often hailed for its diversified and multi-cultural society. It is officially known as Republic of India and achieved independence on August 15, 1947, ending the rule of the British. Since then, India has reached many heights and there is no stopping. From merely just another nation, India has become a vital contender of global superpower.



As they say, with great power comes great responsibility; the same goes for India. It has all the resources that a nation needs to blossom, but it needs to be managed properly by the leaders of the nation. Since Independence, India has had many able leaders, but still, India has not developed as per its ability. However, leaders of India have shown from time to time, that they have what it takes to make India shine. But somewhere down the line, these leaders did not deliver the desired results. In my view, the leaders of India lack boldness and risk taking ability like the leaders of the US. Though there are times when our leaders seemed bold, for instance PM Manamohan Singh’s favor of N-Deal. If more bold steps like that will take place, then that day is not far when India will be in a dominating position in the world.


The word politics gives a different perception in India. It is always synonymous with corruption. People view politics as dirty game of manipulating. With that, a lot of people don’t respect politics and due to this fact, many voters don’t show up to cast their votes. We have very few charismatic leaders that who can win the respect of common man. We need leaders like Barrack Obama, who can create the atmosphere of trust among the masses. With trust comes the interest of people in politics that in turn, makes people realize their voting responsibilities.



Just a decade ago, India achieved economic prosperity, thanks to the economic policies that allowed foreign investors to invest in India’s economy. Despite this, 28% of the people of India are still below poverty line. This is the result of bad management of human resources. India could have used its man power in fueling the exports instead it allowed foreign players. But this proved good on other side, as India has large pool of educated English speaking people, which made India a hot destination for outsourcing work and as a result, the employment rate went up a bit.



Over the years, India has witnessed a phenomenal growth in every vital sector. India’s GDP is growing at around 7%. The Indian economy, though a bit fragile, because of foreign investment is robust in its core. The mentioned advances can catalyze the growth of India, if managed properly. India has also become the biggest exporter of financial and technological services. And these advances throw light on the development made by India in past decade or so. What India needs to focus on at this time, is towards investing in the education and agriculture sector so that more educated labor is available and Indian exports exceed imports.



Today, India is on the verge of becoming a super power. With the US feeling the heat of recession, India will continue its good run because its economy is largely driven by the manufacturing and service sectors that are untouched by this slowdown. If India plays this period of time well, keeping the future in mind, then I am sure that India will stand toe to toe with other powerful nation. As the former president of India, APJ Abdul Kalam has also said that the world will respect us only if we have power. So with that in mind, we as a nation need to make ourselves self-reliant and powerful. This can be possible only if the leaders of our nation take some revolutionary steps.



Prateek Jain







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