“Fighting corruption is not just good governance. It's self-defense. It's patriotism.”- Joe Biden
The battles that we hear in history are the sagas of the heroes that fought valiantly. India has seen many wars like these, in its history. The wars that tell us how one king won the territory of the other and how is overruled the other and what not. We do find many similarities in the past and in the present, which is that in the early battles the main protagonist was land and even now it is land.
It has always been the land and never the people who are living on these lands. Every king ever since he takes an oath wants to perform the 'ashwamegh yagy' and acquire land, don't we the history repeating itself.
With the advent of 2019 elections, the party of the parties has come to end and now they have restored back to their cunning politics of becoming the fox in the hide of sheep.
India may already be the world’s third-largest economy on purchasing power parity, but it ranks only 60th out of 148 countries in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index, indicating that there is greater potential waiting to be unlocked. With inflation high, growth slowing and a need to bolster investor confidence, India face seven key challenges.
- Education and skills. India has 487 million workers, but more than two-thirds of Indian employers report that they struggle to find workers with the right skills. India’s rank in the Forum’s Human Capital Report is 78th of 122 countries.
- Urbanization. More than one-third of Indians live in cities. It is estimated that, by 2050, as many as 900 million people will be living in urban centers. Meeting their needs while safeguarding the environment will require innovative models of urban development.
- Health. India faces the double burden of infectious diseases and a dramatic rise in non-communicable diseases, now estimated to account for more than half of all deaths. These include cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic respiratory conditions and type 2 diabetes, all of which affected over 63 million Indians in 2012 alone. Apart from causing individual tragedies, these diseases are also are a major economic threat. According to a study by the Forum in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health, India stands to lose $6.15 trillion due to non-communicable diseases and mental disorders by 2030.
- Sanitation. Many health challenges are linked to sanitation. Narendra Modi announced a special focus on this topic. Linking a clean environment to human capital productivity is an issue that should be looked at as an investment and not a cost. The challenge is to identify and implement the right way to provide 1.2 billion Indians with a clean environment.
- Gender. There is a need for India to closely examine the norms that allow violence and a broader pattern of gender discrimination to continue. The gender gap holds back economies all around the world. Any society that does not value women as much as men are not reaching its full potential.
- Water scarcity. India’s large population places a severe strain on its natural resources, and most of its water sources are contaminated by sewage and agricultural run-off. While progress has been made, gross disparities in access to safe water remain. The World Bank estimates that 21% of communicable diseases in India are related to unsafe water, and diarrhea alone causes more than 1,600 deaths daily.
- Transparency. The vast majority of Indians say transparency is their number one concern, according to polls before the recent election, with figures peaking at over 90% among young voters. People are right to be concerned. Transparency issues are not just a daily irritation; they are a drag on the whole economy, hampering competitiveness, growth, and development. For example, corruption in connection with border administration – and the associated inefficiencies, delays and lack of predictability – is part of the explanation for India ranking 96th out of 138 countries in the Forum’s latest Global Enabling Trade Report. India is home to 23% of the world’s population but sees only 2% of global trade.
If India’s 2014 general election was a vote for hope, then 2019 appears to be more about fear. So far, neither Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party nor Rahul Gandhi’s Congress Party has come up with a compelling reason for people to support them. But both the ruling party and the opposition can paint a vivid picture of why the prospect of their opponent winning should be viewed as a nightmare.
This all has become the vote bank politics for the nation’s land but not for the people. When will our politicians realize that we as the people need more attention than just being the organisms on the land? I am not trying to be politically correct; all I want to put forward is that no matter which party we choose, they will always remain the politicians who love the authority and the land more than the people. We do not want this to happen in the future, to avoid such consequences we as the citizen need to improve the inner conscience so that we could identify the difference between the right and the wrong.
BE THE CHANGE TO SEE THE CHANGE.