Rajasthan is one of India’s less developed states. One could blame it on the desert-like terrain. Tourism is a mainstay for some of the cities like Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur with their palaces and historical relevance. But when I see the still parched land, I cannot but help think of how our government has failed the state.
As I spoke with some of the locals, it became clear that the biggest problem in the future is going to be that of drinking water. With inadequate rains common to many parts of India), the situation has worsened. We should have worked towards solving this problem 10 years ago, but we haven’t done anything. The repercussions will be dire.
Two other challenges that are common to much of semi-urban and rural India are the poor equality of education for the young, and the resulting lack of adequate skills for them to get a good first job which could set up a bright future for India to start reaping its ‘demographic dividend.’ We have school and college buildings but little education. Just like there are bridges but no water flowing beneath.