Sunday, March 30, 2008

Does modern India have a mind of its own ?

In his Prime Ministerial tenure, Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, during a poetic consortium gave an elegant statement -- "development in our main aim ... it is another matter, how much and what kind of development is needed". The last phrase of his statement had poetic touch, in fact it has sensible essence, but this statement could not enter debate rooms, and I never found any serious national debate on this matter. The definitions of development has philosophical rhetoric but there should be well defined notions about it. Or, the issue of development is very personified, and a society or a country should not be bothered about this matter if it succeeds in granting full scope for respective development for its individuals. Perhaps, this will not meet litmus test of purists or even average analysts.
What are the potential candidates for the identification of development trends of a country? Is it finance, education, good moral value of public, religious purity, business, big industry, science, army, spiritual leadership or natural resources? May be, all of these. But how these ingredients have been mixed. Are we following US who looks for money everywhere, anywhere or Russia/China who do not believe in open debate, free open atmosphere for its citizen ? Or we should keep the model as it is, which is quite insensitive and unconscious about people ( Singur, fast urbanisation, corruption ) ? Are we making a consistent model of development and educating people about its norms ?
Does modern India have a mind of its own ? ... Else, we are borrowing everything, everything that we begged for ?

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