India is Shining…….India is Growing……India is Developing……
Yes, it all sounds nice. And I feel proud to hear such things. But is this really true, or are we forgetting the downturns in the the celebration of a few good deeds.
A few days back, I read articles (again) on how India is ready to lead the world, how it is going to be a major economic force etc etc. I am glad that even today we are able to create jobs and are facing somewhat favorable markets rather a complete downturn. Yes, you might call that growth. But, is that Development ?
I am one of those millions who travel daily by public transport. I have to see the thousands walking on the roads which barely have a walking space. I have to ensure that I leave office before it gets dark, becasue the city is unsafe. I have to walk through that dust cloud everyday which surrounds the office areas thanks to bad (and barely any) roads.
What we call the metros, are increasingly becoming concrete jungles. You can build number of blue and shiny buildings in Gurgaon, but what about the basic roads which are the links to all ! You can introduce all kind of low floor buses in Delhi, but what about traffic rules that are openly flouted. You can introduce as much of new schemes for poor, but whats the point when the concerned doesn’t gets a clue !
We are good, indeed amazing, at writing laws, policies, theories etc on how to “develop”. But development is not about those hundreds of pages in leather cover books, its beyond that. It is the life of a normal person. It is the ground on which we walk. It is the breaths of a city.
I am a proud citizen and I am happy of various good things like Metro, flyovers, more colleges, more offices and better incomes. Even then, these things are the “means” to development and not the “ends”. Those ends require much more work and much more dedication which I am sure we all have. I believe with more open dialogue, fast implementation, and better judgement we can reach that level.
Throwing away the poor to build a cement block is not the solution, but creating the jobs that result in societal upliftment is.
What do you think about it ?