CHENNAI: On India’s 66th Republic Day this year, let us reflect on our country’s past and think about what we can do to brighten its future. Since Independence, India has witnessed increasing economic growth, improved literacy rate and substantial improvement in various sectors. India is among the fastest growing economies in the world over the last couple of years. The country is richly blessed with natural and human resources; if we move ahead in the right direction with appropriate strategies, the future of India is bright.
The Republic of India has the potential to be a superpower in the near future. Over the years, India has taken tremendous strides to fix various issues and has remained steadfast in maintaining the world’s largest diverse democracy which is historically unprecedented. As one nation, we have to think big for India with innovative ideas in every sector and be consistent in execution and implementation of the same.
India’s service sector has largely contributed to Indian economic progress. It accounts for around 60 per cent of India’s gross domestic product and has grown considerably in the last few years. It indicates progress; however we need to further focus on education, healthcare, infrastructure building and investment in human resource capital with greater emphasis on manufacturing, industry and agricultural development. India has to create jobs for its young population and expansion in manufacturing will definitely help and in view of this, our Prime Minister’s Make in India is a laudable concept. Job creation in both manufacturing and service sectors is a must for India. To prepare the Indian youth in both urban and rural areas, education is the answer. Providing education with technology integration and hands-on learning experience will equip our youngsters to be prepared for the industry demands.
If food and agriculture is given due importance, it will give food security, create employment and contribute to the economic growth. We see that there is a mass exodus of educated rural youth seeking employment in the urban areas. This gives rise to housing and other youth related problems in the cities, putting them at risk. Reaching out the rural youth with quality education and implementation of development projects at the Tehsil or Taluka level with emphasis on agriculture, agro industry and rural services will retain them and prevent their migration. Technology interventions into farming, making it a profitable sector, will attract the youth and will lend to the overall growth of the rural population.
India needs a holistic approach towards progress and development with rapid administrative reforms at all levels. Let us rise up and think big for a new India where everyone will be free from every negative aspect and will have true freedom to grow and flourish. I wish you a very happy Republic Day. Jai Hind!