Posted by: tanujit | August 31, 2007

Another day gone by….

Another day gone by, been busy with work as this project is almost done, whenever this sort of situation comes, makes me feel a bit happy and sad at the same time…ever got that feeling, when you want to hold on to something and at the same time let it go in anticipation of the better things to come …. happens to me all the time … guess that’s me !!

On other things read this article by Randeep Ramesh in the New Statesman about the troubles in India and the irony that India is .. excerpt follows

…There is little doubt that India is experiencing a rapid and sustained rise in living standards for the first time in centuries. Growth has averaged 8 per cent since 2003, second only to China. According to the investment bank Goldman Sachs, India’s young population gives it the potential to grow faster than China in the long term.

For many Indians this is exhilarating stuff: in the 1970s the country threw out Coca-Cola and IBM and sealed itself off from the outside world. Heady stuff, but ultimately economic folly. Growth slowed to 1 per cent a year – at that rate it would have taken 70 years to double incomes. Tentative reforms began in the 1980s, but it took a balance-of-payments crisis in 1991 for the government to usher in unexpectedly brave changes. Today, India’s outward-looking, hypercompetitive policies as well as the trend towards smaller families mean incomes will double in a decade.

Yet it will remain a poor country. Last month, government figures showed that malnutrition is endemic, with about 46 per cent of children aged three or younger underweight and almost 80 per cent anaemic. Less than 50 per cent of women can read or write their name. Only a third of homes have a toilet. The country is probably the world’s largest Dickensian paradox – having both the best and the worst of times.

The puzzle is that India is economically confident, yet sunk in interminable poverty. This is because most Indians live in a vast rural, feudal darkness and only a lucky few are part of the shining new future. Services, essentially white-collar work, makes up more than half of national income. But this does not mean that tens of millions of Indians sit behind terminals talking to someone in New York or London. Information technology, the poster-boy industry of India’s economy, employs just 1.5 million people – a mere drop in the labour pool of 470 million.

Even worse, only 35 million people in India have any sense of job security and 20 million of those work for the government. The rest of the working population – some 435 million people – are part of “the unorganised sector”: toiling on the land, or driving a taxi, or running a chai stall, or working as menial household labour.

Just repeats the problems that are brewing in the bloated Indian economy, sometime makes me wonder, all the “India Shining” publicity in the mainstream Indian media causes a lot of problems among the not so fortunate in India, the glaring economic disparity must be causing a lot of bitter feeling with may surface as a bigger problem of a social unrest, rising crime rates (which are already beginning to show). It is high time that Indian begins to think about meeting the basic needs of all the Indian people, if the much hyped super growth rates can be maintained and “India” can regain its true position among the world nations. Somehow always reminds me of this great poem by Rabindranath Tagore….

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls; Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action
                      — Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

             — Rabindranath Tagore.

Just hope that this dream comes true one day.


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