It’s Up To Us Now – Part 2

When India became politically independent in 1947, it started off with major handicaps such as high poverty, low literacy, inadequate infrastructure, and indifferent leadership. But India also had the necessary ingredients for overcoming those: adequate natural resource base, the goodwill of foreign nations (consequently aid from them for development), large labour force, a large number of sufficiently educated citizens to create the hard and soft infrastructure, etc.

But even after 63 years, India is in many senses worse off than it was in 1947. We have to understand the whys and hows of India’s failure to develop. That’s the unavoidable first step to putting India on a path to recovery. We cannot fix problems that we don’t understand the causes of, or worse yet, if we don’t even admit that we have problems.

Here are a few questions we have to answer to get an understanding of what went wrong and why.

  • Why is India still poor?
  • Why have the numbers of Indians below the poverty line doubled to more than 500 million since 1947?
  • Why doesn’t India have a decent education system?
  • Why are 70 percent of Indians still stuck in tiny villages in the 21st century?
  • Why is 60 percent of the labor force involved in agriculture?
  • Why is India’s industrial base so small?
  • Why doesn’t India generate sufficient electrical power?
  • Why doesn’t India have a modern rail network?
  • Why doesn’t India have a serviceable road network?
  • Why is India so unfriendly to business and entrepreneurship?

The search for these answers is the start for the path to reclaim India. Our so-called leaders have failed us. It is up to us now to change the course of our nation.

Continued tomorrow.

4 thoughts on “It’s Up To Us Now – Part 2

  1. Rajesh,

    The FBJP is a fairly useless organization that has been doing blogging about supporting right wing organizations who are hell bent on dividing India on communal lines.

    Almost all the blogs that you wrote on that site were useless and so is the party (BJP) which is struggling with a severe leadership crisis.

    Suggest you focus your blogs on apolitical issues and brilliant ideas that you have kept talking about (network computer) but which I have been anxiously waiting to buy / try but never got a chance to, presumably because you’re stretching yourself too thin.

  2. Mr Dude:

    You’re trying too hard to get into the good books of the Congress. Nice try, I must say, but it’s not enough. It’s a long line of people, and between you and Mr Singh there are — let’s see — about 54,732 other party faithfuls.

    You’re behind Mr Manmohan Singh who has famously said that minorities have first claim to India’s resources. When it comes to dividing India along religious lines, Mr Singh is King. What can you — or anyone else — say that can trump that?

    Reservations for this or that favored religious groups? Yes, the Congress has seen to it. Nope, you are too late to the party. That party started many decades ago.

    BJP useless, you say? But the BJP can’t hold a candle to the Congress party. Rajesh Jain has listed a bunch of questions. Not one of them can be answered without reference to the Congress and their mismanagement of the economy.

    The Congress has starved India — half of India’s children below 5 are malnourished. The Congress has made India illiterate: even among developing countries, India’s illiteracy rate is horrifying. The Congress has impoverished India: 700 million people live on less than Rs 50 a day.

    One will have to wake up pretty early in the morning to ever think of matching the grief that the Congress has heaped upon India.

    The only thing that the Congress has done most effectively is to brainwash people into believing that India can progress under the Congress. These people are zombies — the walking brainless that have no awareness of the world around them.

    Good luck Mr Dude.


  3. From Part I – Yes I agree we’ve become immune to corruption and that’s something but ‘Obvious’ if I’ve the money to cut the Q and get it done now then why not? I’ll rather do that as taking a leave from office to pay my property tax (for e.g.) is impossible. On the contrary, I can pay 500 bucks more to a broker and get it done by just sitting at home. BUT now you can pay property taxes online (in b’lore at least) therefore slowly but surely we are putting systems in place to cut the corruption. And I’m happy about it!
    For Second part – @ Mohit – you are damn right about Congress and though I’m not a party fanatic – I’d still say do you know how qualified and vastly experience Mr. Singh is? “He said famously said that minorities have first claim to India’s resources” What has BJP done in Gujrat? and in Ayodhya? Blame BJP for giving birth to this communalism and along came BSP. You might think I’m supporting Congress when I’m actually not and my point is all of them are crooks.
    @ Mr. Jain – I’d say the things are improving but are at a very slow pace, look around you and you will surely agree with me. All we can do is either wait or do our part to make things move faster to reboot the system 

  4. Dera Mr Jain

    The answers to your questions have been addressed in the book, “Breaking Free of Nehru” (

    One solution is for good leaders to contest elections under the banner of freedom and good governance. A group called Freedom Team of India ( is assembling precisely for this purpose. If you are interested, pl. join. Else such writings won’t matter. The country needs a jolt of good leadership. It is moribund and god-forsaken; its most corrupt people join politics/support current political forces. Are you and others leaders? If so do something, not just write.

    Sanjeev Sabhlok