new india

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Feb 2018 11:45:37

Nakshatra Ashlesha 25H 420M

Moon Karka upto 25H 42M (Rajandekar Panchang)
Paksha Falgun Shukla Tithi Trayodashi 11H 44M
Muslim Jamadilakhar 11th Hijree 1439

PRIME Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has a vision for the countrymen. He wants them to work tirelessly for building a new India in the next five years. While exhorting people to take the initiative in that direction, the Prime Minister reminded them of the call Mahatma Gandhi had given to the Britishers, the ‘Quit India’ call in 1942 and that historic call fructified into freedom for the nation from foreign rule in a matter of five years, as 1947 ushered in the Independence of the country. This was possible because the entire country had responded with overwhelming participation on the Mahatma’s call to organise satyagrah all over the country. The participation of the entire population was critical to the success of the freedom movement that Gandhiji had launched.

Similarly, the nation is standing on the cusp of making history by emerging as a new economic power of the world. The Prime Minister reminded the people that big opportunity beckons the nation and it is for the people to seize it with both hands to build a new, vibrant, economically strong New India. By citing the example of the ‘Quit India’ movement and India winning its coveted freedom from foreign rule in a matter of five years, the Prime Minister has fixed a definite timeline to achieve the coveted goal. Thus whatever is to be achieved should be in a time-bound manner so that the opportunities that present themselves could be put to best use in the interest of the people of the country and take its appointed place among the comity of nations as an economically advanced country.

Implicit in this message of the Prime Minister is that while the political executive and bureaucracy have a critical role in achieving these objectives, economic prosperity would not be achieved without the participation of the people in the entire process in a wholehearted manner as was the case in the freedom struggle. It is true that the entire world has accepted India’s importance in shaping the future of world. But, as rightly said by the Prime Minister, we have to overcome our shortcomings that are obstructing our path of seamless progress. Vice-President Mr. Venkaiah Naidu too has echoed the Prime Minister’s view of what the world thinks about India when he said that India is the economic hope of the world.

This is not an empty rhetoric, a misplaced optimism. It is a reality that is waiting to be fully unleashed and the initiative has to come from individual and collective endeavour of the people. After the initial economic reforms launched in an extraordinary crisis situation in the year 1991, which yielded fascinating results over the period of two decades, a sluggishness has crept into the country’s march towards history-making socio-economic progress. It appears that the galloping Indian horse has suddenly stopped in its tracks for reasons unknown. These cobwebs of sluggishness have to be dusted out of the system and make a renewed effort to achieve what is due to this nation.

The Prime Minister has listed some of the ills that pull us back as a nation and as a society. These include the scourge of casteism, communalism, corruption. These indeed are some of the inhibiting factors that overshadow our aim of emerging as a modern, developed nation where there will be no place for inequalities of any kind, discrimination on frivolous considerations and where equitable distribution of wealth, seamless availability of opportunities to every willing hand will be possible. That is what the Prime Minister visualises when he says, “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas.” And that is what the entire population of the country should dedicate itself to. If the Government and the people come together, wedded to a common cause of building a ‘New India’, a modern India, the task would be eminently achievable.