‘You must be the change you wish to see in the world.’ – Mahatma Gandhi wrote quite long back ! He was an advocate and pioneer of nonviolent social protest and direct action in the form he called ‘Satyagraha’.
As I watch the news channels now and then, I can realize well that the run up to the Lok Sabha Elections 2014 has got really heated up, as the polling dates draw closer ( Lok Sabha Elections 2014 expected to be around March-June 2014).
The task to govern India so as to lead her to wholesome growth and prosperity is not an easy one. Poverty in India is widespread, with India estimated to have a third of the world’s poor. In 2010, the World Bank reported that 32.7% of the total Indian people fall below the international poverty line of US$ 1.25 per day (PPP) while 68.7% live on less than US$ 2 per day. Startling facts, Aren’t they ?
Literacy in India will be the key for Socio-economic progress in India, and the Indian literacy rate has grown to 74.04% in 2011 from 12% at the end of British rule in 1947. Unfortunately, there is ‘still’ a wide gender disparity in the literacy rate within India: effective literacy rates (age 7 and above) in 2011 were 82.14% for men and 65.46% for women. The low female literacy rate has had a dramatically negative impact on ‘family planning’ and population stabilization efforts too. Studies have indicated that female literacy is a strong predictor of the use of contraception among married Indian couples, even when women do not otherwise have economic independence.
There are the ‘only’ two main problems to deal with, while governing India rightly – Population explosion and Lack of Education. Among the two, Education will play the major part, being a vital decision making variant because .. the moment our un-educated masses .. especially those in the villages .. get educated, they will develop themselves in all necessary spheres of life – by gaining employment, by owning the right state of mind that will help them grow well tapping the right opportunities and most importantly, then, they can chose the right leaders to govern their lives. Bringing about a social change is not easy at all. In contrast, complaining about lack of social change is very easy ! Our ‘claimed or not so claimed’ battle should be aimed at developing the right state of mind among the Indian electorate. This is the most sought after ‘aspect’ of development in the context corresponding with the prevailing situation in India. The Indian youth, that is the largest in the world, can get easily disillusioned if they are not guided well. In fact, I have professed earlier through this blog that ‘national interest’ and/ or ‘nation building’ should be made a compulsory academic curriculum subject to be taught and learned right from the school level.
About 25 years back, we as a nation were under-developed and isolated from the rest of the world. But, with the advancement in telecommunication, internet and increasing explosion of the media, the world has really shrunk to much smaller size. Now, nothing is so unknown to us as it was 25 years earlier! After having traveled across the continents in America, Middle East and Africa – I realize that the individual growth factors and reasons to be happy are the same everywhere. Self respect, Encouraging career growth prospects, Family relations or bonding, Sense of ownership vis-a-vis surrounding lifestyle, Social culture, Eating habits, Dressing style – cannot be ‘ever’ sacrificed at any cost. Settlements of varied ‘culturally driven’ populations develop to form individual societies wherever they are placed in the vast expanse of the world. We eat the same food, have the same beliefs or faith, dress the same way, safeguard the same values – wherever we go! In short, we become the change we wish to see in the world.
Why don’t we believe in this innate ability of ours while we are living in our own country ? Why don’t we become the change we wish to see in India? The least we can do to help ourselves and our country, we can vote and elect the right leaders in the forthcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2014! We don’t even exercise this basic fundamental right of ours, Why so? Think about this ! 🙂