Diwali is once again upon us. With money flowing freely, it is easy for us to get lured into a false sense of optimism that “All izzz well” in the country. Over the past couple weeks, I wrote about Corruption because I see that as the biggest impediment to us building a better India. When roads fall apart in less than a year, when school admissions are not possible unless one pays a donation of lakhs, when …. we know the rest of the stories. India needs to bring change from within, and we have to unite for this.
A century ago, some of our forefathers did just that. The sacrifice of a few helped make India free (even though the history that we read has been distorted to diminish the achievements of many to favour a few). Some of us need to rise to this call of leadership. It is the harder path to walk on. When life is going along well, there is nothing we want to do to upset the applecart. Unfortunately, that kind of thinking since 1947 has led us deeper into the morass.
So, this Diwali, even as we celebrate the joy of an India that is the centre of attraction for the world, let us take a look within, and see how we can truly make the India that our grandparents would have dreamt of in 1947 a reality for our children.