I know about poverty, illiteracy, corruption and not-so-up-to-the-mark politicians. Yet I remain confident in India’s future as a significant force on future world stage.
I am not saying “superpower”, because clearly US is already there and China is ahead of us in the race. The place on top is very small. Also being a superpower has it’s own price tags. Life in a superpower country is not always the greatest one. So let’s just be happy to be strong enough to protect our interests and achieve our objectives.
So inspite of all these problems and lack of chance to be the world dominant power, why am I so bullish on India’s future? Because we have paid the premium.
We have paid the premium. One entire generation of people who were born about the time we got independence has done nothing their whole life but pay this premium. We have laid solid structural foundations of our institutions. Democracy has taken deep roots and is not going anywhere. Private sector has found it’s nerve and is making progress inspite of lacking favorable policies in many cases. Educational insitutions have established their credentials across the country and around the globe. Press is indeed free and keeping an watchful eye on affairs.
Demographics is going to be in our favor for next 30 years or so. A large percent of our polulation will be in the productive range of 18 to 45 for coming decades. No resource beats human resources.
And biggest of all, we have leaders like A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who have capibility of projecting a coherent national vision encompassing science, economy, humanity and spirituality. Like United States, the future vision of our nation is based on scientific pragmatism.
Yet the road ahead is long and ardous. The beginning should be emptying our minds of age old notions that will not longer be useful. We must reinterpret the relegion and customs. We must readjust our expectations. We must find synergy and areas of common interest among ourselves and work to make these areas grow. We must introspect. We must let go some things. We must find creative solutions to our problems.
We must reinvent ourselves. We must change the world by changing ourselves.
The whole point is changing the world. I am just blogging to change the world.
🙂 🙂 🙂