The literacy rate of India increased to 65% was @15% during Independence. What we learned seems entirely wrong. If you dig deep it will be evident that we learned mostly how to copy. We copied the British education, lifestyle, and their Governance but didn’t bothered to modify it to fit for intended purpose. All other British colonies adapted it too but modified as time passed by to fit their needs, culture and environment changes. India adapted it very well and as time passed by we just twisted it to benefit the Power mongers.
GDP of India was 8.9% in 2010. There was a steady growth in the GDP after 1980.
The people living below the poverty line reduced from 65% to 25%. This means that the living standards had been improved. But the poverty line is based on the IMF cut-off income which is not realistic. If a realistic number is used (based on the monthly wage of the Govt. clerk @ Rs.5000/month or US$3/day) then the number will be around 75% or higher.
Thus it clearly shows that though there was an increase in the literacy rate and GDP, the realistic poverty is still prevailing at a whopping number. As per the Government of India, poverty line for the urban areas is Rs. 296 per month and for rural areas Rs. 276 per month, i.e. people in India who earn less than Rs. 10 per day. As per GOI, this amount will buy food equivalent to 2200 calories per day, medically enough, to prevent death. Are they (Govt.) serious. At this level of earning, even in a poor country like India, survival on Rs. 10 per day is a nightmare. The analystics need to take a better look at the reality.
One thing that definitely improved is corruption. Before it was practiced by the high govt. officials and behind the curtains. Now, it is prevailing openly at all the levels, from the school clerk to the Minister who is a representative of the very people and the society. It is even taught at the Business schools too. People of India think that there is nothing bad in corruption. It is a win-win situation. But take a step back and see what it is doing to India and the society at large. It is creating a big rift between the rich and the poor. The people who can afford to bribe are getting privileges to advance towards the riches and the one who cannot afford are losing the edge. Secondly it is enforcing the habit in the individuals to circumvent the rules and disobeying the laws. It is strongly sending a message that the laws are only for the poor people. Rich people do not need to worry.
When I see the poor people, they seem satisfied with what they have. They are happy in their little world irrespective of the undue challenges and circumstances. It seems as if all this is a part of the life, the corruption, pollution, poverty, illiteracy, terrorism, criticism, mockery, indecency, ……Though people whine about it, as a gesture, but live with it, as if it is not so serious.
During my childhood I use to think that I need to have powers of Lord Krishna to deal with this social imbalance. This thought is still prevailing in all of us to date. Once I asked a Sadhu why this imbalance in India, though we are more religious and God fearing. We pray for well being of others and celebrate all the festivals for a good fortune and harmony. Sadhu replied, its all PRABHUs maya. He created it and it HIS duty to fix it. One day….., he will fix it. And we kept waiting. Days became years, years to decades and we are still waiting.
Don’t you think we are missing something. If there was an increase in literacy rate and GDP growth and improvement in the living standards then why India is not there where it should be?
What is your take, do you think that India really need to take a step back and retrospect on what went wrong?
You can change this if you are willing to. What it takes, you know better then me, joining hands who want to change the face of India and carve a better path for the future generations.