THOUGHTS ON 75TH INDEPENDENCE DAY
HARD WON FREEDOM
Our forefathers got us freedom
After struggle so unmatched
Against the foreign rule
The rulers who ruled
With an iron hand
Handing out punishments severest
For the filmiest of reasons
The rulers destroyed the traditional industries
To popularize their brand of products
Even education was devised in a manner
Which produced only chair-borne jobs
The sordid massacre of Jallianwala-Bagh
Wherein thousands were gunned down
Amongst other incidences
Which left a trail of executions
And jails to many of the freedom fighters
Even in Cellular jail (Kala Pani) in Andaman and Nicobar
They withstood everything without much remorse
Finally got freedom from foreign repression
With a sacred pledge to create the good impression
Amongst diverse groups of people with diverse ideologies
Thereby to live in harmony
On the principles of unity in diversity
And assiduously maintain this hard-earned sovereignty
By removing the spectre of poverty
Hunger, difference based on regionalism and hostility
And narrow parochialism
And ultimately enjoy the fruits of freedom.
15th AUGUST – INDEPENDENCE DAY (HEARTIEST FELICITATIONS)
MY WISH LIST FOR INCLUSIVE GROWTH
Keeping in view the sacrifices made by our forefathers for the independence of our country, I pray to Almighty God that our country should have inclusive growth and development, of course despite notwithstanding. My wish-list for this ‘Independence Day’ and the coming ones is a mix of inter-faith harmony, ensuring economic upward trend impacted by lockdown due to coronavirus pandemic, hopeless politics which has really reached to Nidar, reflected by the rude behaviour in the holy temple of our democracy (Rajya Sabha), probity in public discourse, while working within the ambit of our Constitution, ensuring law & order besides facing the realities of our times including the specter of terrorism, extremism, violence and of course ensuring protection against Covid-19 pandemic (all should get vaccinated to attain herd immunity) etc. My wish list is long but brevity should serve the purpose.
IMPLICATION OF CLIMATE CHANGE
It has been observed that rapid climate change has impacted the eco-system to a maximum extent. The effects of rapid climatic change, especially rise in temperature due to carbon emissions has resulted in dry spells (droughts) in which there were scanty rains and more than average rains besides cloud bursts in many parts of India resulting in excessive inundations and land slides in which deaths and destruction has resulted. What happened in Himachal Pradesh (kinnaur) on 11th August 2021 is an eye-opener for us all. If we do not act now to alleviate the situattion by reversing the trend in rise in temperature by reducing the carbon emissions otherwise we would be leaving a legacy of uncertain future for the nextgen. As we’ve got our freedom by sacrificing in men and materials, therefore, there is necessity for us to contribute our mite for safeguarding either by planting more trees as they become agent to suck in Carbon besides holding the earth with their roots or reduce carbon emission which results due to burning of coal, mineral oil and its products etc.
Heavy monsoon rains have resulted in deaths and destruction including destruction of standing crops and live stocks in many parts of India. Most of the rivers are flowing above danger mark thus inundating the areas in their vicinity. The states severely affected in the North are Bihar, U.P., Uttaranchal; North-Eastern states, Maharashtra (Mumbai particularly). In the South, Karnataka and Kerala have been severely affected. Immediate steps should be taken to safeguard the lives and properties everywhere. I want all the states adversely affected by current floods should be protected on war-footings. Till such time we keep our internal situation stabilized and protected from natural calamities.
ENSURING HOLISTIC GROWTH IN COVID-19 PANDEMIC SITUATION
We all including Centre and the States should ensure vaccination jabs are administered to all without bias of any sort till such time herd immunity is attained all over the country. Then, all of us should adhere to Covid-19 pandemic related protocols such as keeping adequate social distancing, wearing face masks, ensure sanitation of hands and surrounding etc. We should also take proper diet and regular exercises or Yoga for keeping our body healthy. If our countrymen are healthy, they would be able to put in their best to fructify the job in hand with more productivity.
PAYING MORE ATTENTION TO GAMES AND SPORTS
Both Centre and the State Governments should ensure that our youth participate in games and sports in a big way so that we win more medals in sports internationally. Indian players won seven medals including one gold medal in javelin throw by Subedar Niraj Chopra. May we win many more laurels for our country. This will happen when we give more stress on games and sports in our schools and colleges.
ENSURING VACCINATION OF OUR COUNTRYMEN
The second wave of Covid—19 pandemic has taugh
t us some lessons; we should always be ready to meet the challenges of health hazards posed by the virulent virus which has not left as yet, If we do not follow coronavvirus related protocols for safety of our people, we can be engulfed by this disease again. We should ensure that almost all are vaccinated to attain herd immunity. Besides, we should also follow social distancing, wear face masks while in the crowd, keep ourselves sanitized besides keeping our surrounding near and clean.
ETHICAL BEHAVIOUR BY OUR POLITICAL CLASS
It is an undisputed fact that we choose our representatives so that they represent us in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and solve our problem by legislating new bills through discussions and discourses. But the ugly behaviour showcased by some of MPs in Rajya Sabhas has inculcated a feeling is dismay and disappointment. The way they behaved; standing on the table and throwing the Rule Book towards the Chair, manhandling the marshals, who are in fact for their protection only and worst of it all snatching a paper from the Minister and subsequently tearing it. All these ruckus has really lowered the image of the MPs in the Upper House!!! I want my elected representatives to present a fine example so that our future generation learns from them how best to legislate while they enter the political arena.
ABROGATION OF ARTICLE 370 FROM J&K
After the abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of state into two UTs, it is in the fitness of things to usher in all round progress of all the three regions (Srinagar, Jammu and Ladakh) without any bias whatsoever.
DOWNWARD TREND IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AFTER SPREAD OF COVID INFECTION
We are aware that spread of coronavirus infection has impacted all walks of lives. It is due to job losses and business losses. Many companies have closed down due to persisting lockdowns due to which unemployment has increased. Address of Prime Minister at CII conclave to business community on 11th August 2021 is a step in right direction. I am of the firm conviction that there would be holistic growth and development in the country in which more jobs would be created, more growth in industrial and agricultural sectors are ensured. More goods and services are created partly for internal consumption and partly for exports. All the factors of economy of scale should be followed threadware so that our economy grows faster.
For this to be a reality, the Government has to take measures that will improve unemployment problem, the current NPA problems of the banks are looked, of course not forgetting the effects of global slowdown/meltdown environment.
It is a fact that respect is earned by our day to day behavior and demeanor. We have to earn our respect. It is not given to us on the platter for nothing. If I want that others should respect me, it is essential that I respect others. One who knows how to maintain self-respect knows the need of respecting others on the basis of quid pro quo. It is synonymous with: Charity begins at home. Even a small child will respond with respect if I treat that child well.
I WANT MY INDIA TO BE SENSITIVE TO THE NEEDS OF FELLOWMEN
The insensitivity and callousness that we show towards road accident victims is really pathetic. Our heart should feel pain when anybody is in pain. In order to get respect, we should respect others since it is based on reciprocity.
CHANGE IN THE MINDSET BASED ON CASTE, CREED, AND COLOUR
Previously the Varnas or caste system was on the basis of professions which the people followed. Now everybody is free to profess his/her profession, therefore, there should not be any need to give more credence to narrow thinking based on caste, creed and other considerations. Recent happenings in some parts of India are the blots on the society as a whole wherein the Dalits are beaten up mercilessly either by cow protection vigilantes or cold-shouldered even by the law enforcement agencies when approached by them for action. These incidences also echoed in the Parliament and all expressed their anguished on the sordid incidents.
TRADITIONAL MODES OF BEHAVIOR/VALUES SYSTEMS
It is a sad commentary that we are forgetting the traditional modes of behavior. The values which our forefathers attached to family and our cultural modes of behavior is being forgotten and in its place, narrow regional considerations are being given credence knowing fully well that these are neither beneficial to anybody in the society. I would like my countrymen to imbibe traditional values for which my Bharat is acclaimed since ages with the dictum, respect others if you want to get respect. It is never a one-sided affair. I want our offspring to imbibe the best value system.
SWACHCH BHARAT MISSION OR ABHIYAN
Swachch Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister of India Shri Narinder Modi Ji at Rajghat on 2nd October 2014 has paid rich dividends and it has become a campaign to make the length and breadth of India neat and clean. Neat and clean India is healthy India and healthy India is free from diseases. I wish that this mission succeeds by the participation of all so as to ensure cleanliness all around.
ECONOMICALLY STRONG COUNTRY
In this world of competitiveness, economic development of any nation is very essential. A country is respected only when it is economically strong and self reliant. For becoming economically strong, it is important that all the sectors of the economy; be it industrial or agricultural should contribute for the economic health of the economy. This can only happen when we have inclusive growth and development. Nothing happens in isolation should never be forgotten.
HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
Education of the masses is one of the important factors for the overall health of the country. Care ought to be exercised that students are taught the skills along with the general education so that they ‘earn while they learn’. Our youth should be trained in right skill so that they are able to earn while they learn, of couse in accordance with their capability. New Education Policy advocated by the Ministry of Education is in right direction; keeping in view the availability of rich in Human Resource in our country. We have to exploit this rich resource for our own benefit. This is also important to avoid brain drain which is presently happening. Our IITs and IIMs are churning out technocrats and management professionals of the highest calibre. Their talents should never go waste. Let our Government come forward in absorbing these talents for garnering benefits for our country.
A COUNTRY WHICH RESPECTS THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND GIRL CHILD
It is high time we respect our women folks. The Divine Trinity has his female counterpart; Saraswati (learning) – Lord Barmha, Lakshmi (wealth) – Lord Vishnu and Parvati (power) – Lord Shiva. All the rituals, especially auspicious ones, are incomplete without women being part of it all. Disrespecting women was construed as the disrespecting the God. All the relationships – mother, wife, daughter, sister, etc are essential for us all. In olden times these relations were considered very reverential. Without these, what is the status of the father in relation to mother, wife in relation to husband, daughter in relation to son, sister in relation to brother etc. A woman was supposed to be the manifestation of Goddess/Shakti and the male was supposed to be incomplete without the female (Shakti) with him. Lord Shiva is incomplete with His Shakti (Goddess Parvati) that is why it is called SHIVSHAKTI.
Even in Ramayana times, women used to choose their suitors – Maan Sita chose Lord Rama after he broke the Dhanush of Lord Shiva in a sacred ceremony called soBmbar. Even in Mahabharata Dropati chose Arjuna in a sobmbar.
In other words, those who want to subjugate women and refuse to give their proper place, they are hypocrites. A simple question: CAN THIS PROCREATION and raising of new GENERATION possible without women? Men and women are the equal partners and ought to be taken as such. It is, therefore my fond hope that women are given their right place and it should be our m9ission to protect the ‘girl child’.
CORRUPTION FREE SOCIETY
One of the impediments which is eating into the very vitals of our society is the hydra-headed corruption. We are aware of the scamps and corrupt practices that were used in allotting coal blocks, use of middleman in defence purchases, and currently, even the Judiciary has come under attack with some people tarnishing its image. I want a corruption free society where merit and fairplay are given more credence.
IF WE WANT TO PROGRESS, IT IS A MUST THAT WE ARE INTERNALLY STRONG
For this to happen, it is a important that we are economically stable, politically mature, militarily self-sufficient, a country whose opinion is taken with a pinch of salt diplomatically. I want my countrymen to help the needy when it is mostly needed.
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (R&D)
I am really very happy that our space scientists have made us proud by sending CHANDERYAN – 2 to the moon. DRDO should also endeavoured to chip in so that we may not have to rely on foreign countries for meeting our defence needs. Wish that our R&D matches with best in the world so that we do not be dependent on others for our defence needs or any other crucial needs.
HEALTH CARE OF THE GENERAL MASSES
The Government should take care of the health and well-being of the people in general. The hospitals should have adequate stock of medicines besides doctors and other para-medical staff to provide medicare to our citizenry. The private hospitals too should be within the reach of the general public for seeking medical care. Medical insurance should also cater to the needs of the general public.
PEOPLE’S REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD BE ACCOUNTABLE
We choose our representatives so that they pass various legislation and do everything for the upliftment of the society as a whole. Thiis Monsoon session was the least productive. The hooliganistic behaviour in Rajya Sabha is really saddening. The misconduct and rukus created by some of our MPs in Rajya Sabha is appalling. We chose our MPs for legislation and have discussions which is good for the country as a whole but their behaviour is disappointing to say the least.
HONOURING THE NATIONAL HEROES
It should be our endeavor to respect the dependents of those who laid down their lives for the freedom of our country. Not only freedom fighters but those who lay down their lives to protect the hard earned freedom. We remember our heroes only when some unsavory incident of terrorist happens but soon thereafter we woefully forget their valor and supreme sacrifices.
RESPECT OF BHARAT MATA IN THE COMITY OF NATIONS
We are connected with other countries of the world. Anything which happens in one part of the world has its reverberations/repercussions in other parts of the world. It may be economical deceleration, political upheaval, extremists/terrorists strikes/activities, all these have their effects on all the countries.
I would like all people with unquestionable integrity for upholding the unity and solidarity of India. This is the most essential asset for an individual. If it is in suspect then the very existence of ours is in doubt and a life with doubt is fraught with impediments.
RESPECT FOR EACH OTHER’s FAITHS AND BELIEFS
India has diverse cultural modes. Its different religions, castes, creeds, belief systems, languages etc. If we respect each others’ modes of behavior, then there would be cohesion and brotherhood amongst our countrymen. When we are united, then no power can subjugate us. For this to happen in the real sense of terms, it is important that we respect each other rights.
SPIRITUALLY ORIENTATION LIFESTYLE
One of my fondest wishes is that India may become progressive but with spiritualistic outlook, where people are awakened morally, culturally, aesthetically, progressive and more compassionate. Also keeping all along in that progress – leaving none while following a life of morality and fair-play.
INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT TAKES PLACE
Due to one reason of the other, the industrial development of our country remains almost stagnant or is below par. This is due to lack of resources. A country whose markets are being exploited by foreigners remains industrial backward is really bad. People buy and use Chinese made goods at cheaper rates without any guarantee of their use. Can India not manufacture the same goods for their own people and exploit the gigantic market – benefiting the industry and the people both. The profit earned by the owners of the industry could then be pumped for more production and increasing their capacities.
AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT IS ENSURED
Due to beggaries of monsoon, the agricultural production remains uncertain. The fear of scanty rain results in an increase in prices of food item/vegetables etc creating food inflation. This is especially so in rainy season. The prices of vegetables are skyrocketing. The people do feel a pinch.
• If water management is properly done, then, the deficit created by the scarcity of rain could be bridged.
- Ensure vaccination for all so as to attain herd immunity for good health and wellness of my countrymen.
- Due to change in climate due to carbon emission, temperature has soared which has resulted in wild fires at many places and rains and cloud bursts at many place due to which there are floods at many places in many states of the union. There is a need to minimize carbon emission.
- More emphasis should be given to games and sports so that we win more medals in the international arena.
• The Government’s project/ plan of connecting major rivers could do wonders in this regard. This would also help in reducing flood related deaths and destruction.
• Due to the persistent use of water for drinking, in agriculture, industry etc, the scenario of ground water available would be grim in near future. Maximum attention need to be given to the precious water resources so that this resource is not depleted.
• Pollution to be tackled on the war footings.
Infrastructure Development ought to be a continuous process.
• Imports / Export Policies oriented for improvement of imports and exports. More exports mean more foreign currency for the country. The more foreign currency could reduce the budget deficit which has become a number one headache for the country.
• Foreign Exchange Reserve to be replenished.
• Fiscal Policies revised as per the need of the hour so that the current rate/value of rupee does not fall as is being happened presently.
• IT Sector to be given the boost. India is potentially a soft power giant. But we have to exploit this resource to the hilt as is being done by other countries. Our IT experts are proving their mettle in other countries. We are thus losing our human resources and also the benefits which our country ought to have garnered.
• It should never be forgotten that other countries too are improving in the IT sector. It is a must that this Sector should be given more incentive so that it improves further and earns much needed Foreign Exchange for the country.
The above are some of our wish-list which every right-thinking Indian would like to have for the overall development of the Bharat of our dream.