Economy with a twist
‘The very basis of analysis is the paralysis.’ This is the statement which sparked off a debate between me and my friend while we were discussing economies last night.
He was making a point about the way Indian economy is progressing is satisfactory enough for the situation and there is no need to worry as we are going to be the world’s no.1 economy by 2050. I was not ready to believe it so easily and decided to dig a little deeper and put my knowledge to application here.
This statement made me think a lot and after some thoughts I realized quite a few nuances about the current trends.
India is slowly marching on the path or progress, this is proved not by the GDP growth rate, but by the social and economic issues it faces. No frog faces a competition when it’s in the well. India is hence out in the open and going strong to face issues such as inflation and corruption head on.
Maintaining a satisfactory growth rate among all this is a commendable task.
The real problem arises when we start comparing ourselves to china which in no way is a good thing to do. China’s history is as different from India as Africa’s from United States. China has been no doubts, going through this miraculous period of growth but it comes at a price. Almost 3 generations have been ruined there working hard all around the year, just to ensure that the products built in china are the most efficient and cost effective. Children have been virtually forced to take up sports in school so that they guarantee meddles in Olympics and world stage. This is not all. A survey of scientific literacy for 2010 by the China Research Institute for Science Popularization (CRSP) gave China a mark of 3.27 percent, meaning that only three out of 100 Chinese citizens on average possess scientific literacy, China Youth Daily reported.
This shows, that all has been not good for the nation now having the best nuclear program, manufacturing world’s best companies’ latest phones, gaining top spot at the Olympics and at the same time countering problems like overpopulation, a huge economy and wealth divide.
Coming over to India, Things have been comparatively good. The era where Chinese were losing their sleep and struggling for food was the era where culture was flourishing in our country. People were enjoying Bollywood movies, reading English novels and a few scientists were busy making their own missiles. Lack of interest in Indians to go for Indian army has also hampered our defense capabilities. This proves the fact, that even after there were internal conflicts, rising prices and corruption cases, we have had some smooth decades out there.
And right now, the struggle phase is catching up. We are having corruption, our sports are lacking behind, population explosion is at all time high, stock markets are highly volatile and the whole world is watching with glued eyes to see how we perform. It’s pressure at its mighty best, a great opportunity for us to shine. After seeing the unrest after an average union budget and the great applause to the refreshing rail budget I hold optimism that we really can go beyond all our past glories and current troubles. We can go to unseen heights and get unfathomable laurels.
It would just take an optimistic and daring attitude. Of not shying away from troubles, bearing the problems and finally making our mark when nobody else expects us to!
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – M.K. Gandhi
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