The Indian Growth Story

Every time I fly back home, India amazes me in a positive way. This time I am coming down India within less than four months, and the development brings a smile to my face – the kind of smile I have while coming out of a job interview knowing that I have hit the bulls eye with my answers, a quiet sense of delight. A pleasure I don’t share with anyone until the final glorious outcome. I feel the same right now while seated besides a gentleman coming from a very modest background. His cap is dirty and wet with sweat, his clothes showing off the hard labour he is putting in to save enough to fly back to his home town. I feel this is an achievement. In the past I have really longed that some day I would sit beside an Indian farmer in domestic flights, and it seems like I am getting closer to that dream becoming a reality. The sense of quite pleasure is because I would like to wait until all the poor Indian farmers can make this as their lifestyle choice.

Contrary to this, on my international flight from London to Delhi I met a young Indian entrepreneur. He is only 23 years old and he is heading the technical team in his father’s company. I had a long conversation about the work he is doing so as to assure myself that the position is not a gift of silver spoon but something he has earned. And the young chap did manage to impress me with his knowledge in the sector he is working on. However, like most Indians, he doesn’t appreciate everything that is Indian. Purdue university graduate he feels life is much better in the West and that India has no future. This irked me and what started off thereafter was a long conversation where I broke all his myths about western life style from my experience of living the past three years in London. When the system works there, all is fine, the moment things break down; they take painfully long in rectification.

India is growing and it will be a success story. If only all of us can be a little honest to ourselves and our nation. Commonwealth Games 2010 has exposed corruption to the extent one could not even believe, and I would like to see all those guilty accused.

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  1. Whether India is moving forward is a debatable question…

    One thing is for sure – in India, poor remains poor,,, and it is only the lower middle class that has improved if at all… so people who could afford a motorcycle can buy a car now…

    BUT… people who cannot afford to have a square meal still cannot afford that…

    All you have to do is to look at Dharavi.. in Mumbai… people there have stagnated for the last 10 years… and there has been no improvement in anything… there is no basic sanitation..

    If the criteria for development is coroporate bliss, then India has “developed”… but if you are talking about true development as in improvement of quality of life at all levels… I doubt anything has changed.

  2. Just some statistics…

    India's official poverty level – according to the World Bank standard of $1.25 per day, 42% of Indians live in poverty – this is the third highest rate in South Asia after Bangladesh and Bhutan.

    Food, Safe drinking water,
    Sanitation facilities,
    Accessible Health, Shelter,
    Education, Information and
    Access to services –

    how many people in India have the 8 basic needs set forward by the UN !!!!

    this is what should determine whether a country is developed or not… in my humble opinion..

    and not whether a farmer can travel by plane…


  3. Just to respond to what the person here is suggesting. See, it is true that there are infinitely many things that have to improve in this country, but the way to do is to get into the system and clean it up. And your effort might just be as small as filing an RTI application every month. So, it's true that we have slums, but then look at India's population. It is not easy for any government to take care for all of it that easily. So if corruption exists, we are to blame for it, 'coz most of us instead of fighting against it we find a way to get around it. People like Dr. Basu have left the luxuries the Cornell provide to enter the govt and are fighting hard to get “food coupons” accepted by the bureaucracy so that the poor get their bit. And I believe little less complaining and doin more is the way to go abt.

  4. @Dorian: thanks for dropping by the feedback. If you agree that the middle class people who used to buy motor cycles are now able to afford cars, then you have to agree that those who buy bicycles can now buy motor cycles, and those who were on foot can afford a bicycled. This is how wealth creation in the society percolates to the lowest strata of people. Everybody has tobput in efforts, it can only be collectively achieved.

    @Shoumitro: well said, one needs to work towards getting things instead of complaining of not having things.

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