Indians are a diverse set of people; this diversity is what defines India. With great diversity come great differences. Difference in thoughts is what gives strength to a democracy. Difference in opinion is the central thread which ties together the various facets of democracy. But running parallel along with this thread is the thread of respect. No matter how different the opinions or thoughts are; a mature society needs to learn the importance of respecting these differences, if it is to thrive for centuries to come.
I am 26 years old and by the year 2050, may be my kids will be almost of the same age as I am today. So, my vision for 2050 is neither political nor apolitical, it is neither GDP centric, nor technology centric, it is neither patriotism driven nor intellect driven. In fact my vision for 2050 is reflective of my innate human desire to be free to choose my way of life and is driven merely by my desire to lead a happy life.
So, I’ll not talk about the government’s plans and policies for years to come, or about the different projects that corporate giants will be undertaking in decades to come, or about the way technology will be changing the face of our nation, and I’ll definitely not ponder upon the possibility of India emerging as a super power by 2050. Because I believe all of the above things are rather driven by individuals who are very much a part of the same society, which we are a part of. So I will talk about a few random and regular but important things.
Yes, I agree there are a few setbacks and there will be more. Honour killings are still happening, so is female feticide. Homosexual relationship is still considered an offence and consensual pre-marital sex between adults is still frowned upon. Illogical bans are still a common phenomenon so is corrupt use of political power. Many of the media houses still act irresponsibly and so do many celebrities and leaders.
But I am optimistic. The good news is we are already on the right track, we have come a long way from caste, and community based coalition governments to a single party majority government. A lot of progress has been made in the field of women empowerment. Trans-genders are gaining prominent positions of respect based on their merit and talent. Many young entrepreneurs are making their mark among the biggies with their innovative start-ups and business ideas. People are using social media as a powerful tool to voice their opinions. Things are changing, and things are changing for good.
Marshal McLuhan, a great philosopher of communication theory had rightly said, media is an “extension of man”. Media encompasses both the reporting media as well as the social media, and its role in shaping a society is essentially a function of how the society wishes to use it. In recent past, we have seen how capable media is of swaying people’s opinion, may it be the case of rohtak sisters, or the case of Jasleen kaur, we saw the frustrating face of Indian media houses and the judgmental face of social media users. If India wants to change, its media has to change. National goals and objectives can be worked upon, nurtured and achieved through wise and matured use of media. People using the internet should be more careful about what they say, interpret and forward. Digital maturity is extremely important if we want the Indian culture to evolve along with the other cultures and face the wrath of time up to 2050 and beyond.
Moral policing is another facet of Indian society! We often try to pass judgement and enforce it purely based on our own assumption that we are correct, we use flawed data and a few personal experiences to arrive at the ‘absolute truth’. In some cities, couples are afraid even of holding their partners hand in public. Let’s not even discuss the matter of sexual orientation and gender fluidity, in a country wherein many states have food items and beverages banned because of certain community taking offence. India definitely can’t be a super power in 2050 if the rate of people getting offended due to harmless acts of others does not reduce! I hope the future generations have more forbearance, more tolerance than we have.
Nelson Mandela believed: “Education is the most powerful weapon which can be used to change the world”. Post our independence, our fore fathers did a great job right from formulating our constitution up to framing policies and laws, and brought our literacy rates from a mere 12% in 1947 to a whopping 74% in 2011. Experts Say we will reach 100% by 2030. And In deed we will be a different nation by 2030 when each one of our brothers and sister would be able to read and write. Add twenty years to that and by 2050 we can be the most formidable nation on the face of the world.
Our generation is thriving on and sustaining on what our fore fathers left behind for us. Similarly our future generations will live on and build upon what we will be leaving behind for them. This is how any society, any civilization works. Government will do its job, let’s just take care and see that we vote for the right kind of government. Leaders will try to divide us for vote bank politics, let’s just be aware and stay away from such narrow politics! Media houses may try to fool us emotionally for TRPs, let’s be mature enough to take our own wise, well informed decisions. Religious fanatics will try to breach the communal harmony for their own goals, let’s stay united as Indians and concentrate in building our nation. Let’s come together and pave the way for future generations, making India a better place much before 2050. Let’s face the future with a smile.
Jai Hind !
Every country needs a vision statement which stirs the imagination and motivates all segments of society greater effort. It is an essential step in building a political consensus on a broad national development strategy, which encompasses inter-alias, the roles and responsibilities of different agents in the economy, such as Central, State and local government, the private corporate sector, the small and tiny sector, people organizations etc.
It must identify the potential risks and bottlenecks and their possible solutions in order to mobilize efforts in a focused manner. It is clear, therefore that to meet these objectives, a vision statement has to operate at several levels of generality and specificity. India in 2020 - A Vision It has always been the dream of every citizen of an economically backward and poor country, to see that the country developed with no negative systems or ideas or beliefs. It is my dream also to see India as one of the most developed nations.
2020 is a good deadline for seeing a developed India. One always feels sad when we see someone begging on the streets or when we see dirty, broken roads in shabby slums. One also feels jealous when we hear about the United States advancing in every field. By 2020, India will be on the same platform on which America is now. The first and foremost thing I see in India 2020 is 100 percent literacy rate. Every citizen in the country will be able to read, write and understand any one language including the farmers and slum-dwellers.
India will not have any unemployment. The people will earn their bread and there shall be none called 'beggars'. The beggars will also be employed at least as sweepers earning a small but a salary of their own. The people shall be above the poverty line. Education is the second main thrust area of this document.
Greater coverage and better quality education at all levels from basic literacy to hi-tech science and technology is the essential prerequisite for raising agricultural productivity and industrial quality, spurring growth of India's budding and biotechnology sectors, stimulating growth of Manufactured and service exports, improving health and nutrition, domestic stability and quality of governance. The report calls for concerted efforts to abolish illiteracy, achieve 100 per cent enrolment at primary and secondary levels, and broaden access to higher education and vocational training through traditional and non- traditional delivery system
India in 2020 will not have recognition in the world as a developing country but a name as a developed country. India will be far advanced in the fields of science, military, technology. India will stand up and say I am the world leader and I don't take orders from anybody be it USA, Russia or anybody else for the matter. I will decide my own decisions and will stand to it. And also India will take an active step in the development of other below par countries and strive for their development.