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Helping Transform India’s Future – Part 13

February 3rd, 2011 · 2 Comments

This is what I wrote earlier this year:

People in India need to understand that things are not going well, and there is an alternate future that can be crafted – and which will not be created by those who are responsible for ensuring that India has still stayed poor more than 60 years after Independence.

We in India need to understand the poverty is not our birthright, and that is the result of flawed economic policies. India may have become politically free in 1947, but all we did was transition to a new Raj. There needs to be a drive for complete economic freedom, and that will not happen with the current set of rulers we have.

A narrative needs to be created around this theme, so it can be explained to people in a language and context they understood. This public education component will then get people to ask what is it that they can do. And that is where we need to come together with community organisations that get people together. Middle India, which for long has ignored the events in the country, has to become a platform for India’s political change. It has to now come together to deliver India’s Real Independence.

That is the movement that I wish to drive.

Continued tomorrow.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 StatSpotting // Feb 3, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Its a huge task.

    I remember, for our residents society meeting in our apartment complex, some 10 people turned up (out of some 400 residents). and the remaining ppl (including me) were glued to TVs/ facebook with no intent whatsoever to go there and participate.

    Somewhere in this attitude is the real problem. How do we fix this?

  • 2 Gail West // Feb 6, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Its a question that is gaining traction because these institutions have acquired a certain critical mass and are increasingly becoming powerful voices in public discourse. …..It would certainly be impractical to ignore the voice of civil society as amplified by NGOs because sheer numbers suggest that they are major players in the Indian polity.

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