Purnima Tyagi Writes a Letter to the Prime Minister


Dear PM ji,

You are one of the finest students of economics in our country, and as the Finance Minister, India witnessed remarkable changes under you. However, since the time you have been appointed as the Prime Minister of India, we have hardly seen any remarkable change in our nation. Instead, we have witnessed evils like terrorist attacks, price hike, population growth and various other problems that hinder our nation’s progress.

I, being a citizen of India, have this right to express my thoughts freely; without hurting or offending anyone’s sentiments since according to Article 19(1)(a) of The Indian Constitution, every person has the right to freedom of speech and expression.

First, I will brief you about the problems hampering our progress and why we are still a developing nation and not a developed nation. The first major setback is population growth. If we look into the present census, the population of India is approximately 1,227,034,848 and is increasing with every passing second. The day is not very far when India will be the most populated nation.

“Prevention is better than cure”; an idiom better known than used. If the political parties cut down a little bit on their campaigning expenditure and spend it on spreading the awareness about Family Planning Measures, things might not get worse in future.

The ‘haves’ should provide the ‘have nots’ with knowledge and aid to implement it. The people living in interiors and most importantly the illiterate section of our nation should be targeted the most.

Another important problem which is eminent and is the one the main reasons for India still being a developing country is poverty.

Our census shows a rate of approximate 28%, but, with all due respect to the officials who conduct the survey, it is not so. Instead of paying the Indian cricketers obscene amount of money when they win a tournament (it is only valid for cricketers, for there is no flow of money in any other sport in India), if the government spends it helping people cross the poverty line, India will be much better off.

By cutting down a little bit, the government can make schools and colleges and encourage people for education which will not only help the poor in particular, but the country in general. Government can take measures to launch free workshops and make people aware about the importance of education in the 21st century. People will take interest if the government takes initiative and brings a certain ray of hope in their lives.

Another massive problem is crime. The crime rate is growing at a very high rate and reaching heights in our nation. Maximum instances of crime are being witnessed in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Our capital Delhi also runs the race. The government should both appoint more officials and make the present ones aware about their duties towards the citizens. The Indian Police should provide more security to the women and girls in order to avoid rape cases. Additionally, the ones convicted should be dealt with quickly because “justice delayed is justice denied”.

This can be highlighted by the famous “Dhananjoy’s Case”, where a small girl was raped until she was dead. The offender was kept in jail for 14 years after doing such an inhuman act. So, respected P.M. ji, this is just one case I am highlighting; there are thousand other cases that have not been dealt with or where the criminal goes scot free. It is, therefore, a request that you take steps for reducing crime and maintaining peace in our nation.

Another major problem is price hike in almost all spheres of life. Respected P.M. ji, I am not an economic student neither am I a master in it, but as a lay man I am suggesting you to implement certain policies to reduce price hikes and maintain reasonable prices. I am not suggesting you any policy plan because I am very well aware of the fact that you are one of the finest students of economics ,but just requesting you to use the knowledge you possess in making our  nation a better place.

In the end, I would want you to save the country from the constant terrorist attacks; both from outside India and within India (the increasing Naxalites in India).

Respected P.M. ji, the government should take steps to increase the remuneration of the army and military soldiers who are everyday fighting with death, just to protect the people, and nation from attacks by providing more remuneration, and facilities you will encourage the youth of today to join army. You will inspire them to do something for the nation and the citizens.

All you have to do is reduce the expenditure on juvenile things and invest the money into things that will help India grow as a country. We, as a nation state, need these changes to be at par with the developed countries. The United States of America has become a powerful nation and we can do the same, provided we do something about it and not let corruption, fame and power destroy us. We have to dream big, to be big. I hope you will look into the problems and more importantly the solutions.


Purnima Tyagi

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Disclaimer: The above article is the personal opinion of the author and not of the publication.