Post Mortem

India at 71

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 8/16/2018 1:21:45 PM IST
(From previous issue)
Basic tenets of our Constitution—secularism is under attack with the advent of binaries—majority Vs minority, Hindu Vs Muslim; I Vs You; We Vs They. Communities are typified based on their appearance and attires and thus attacked and lynched. Hate speeches and spewing venom have been the regular features right from the law makers to the bottom percolating across the society. Intolerance has been the order of the day. Mob lynching targeting communities has been the regular feature that is being carried out without any basis, wherein the ultra-right bandwagons have taken laws in their hands in connivance and with the blessings of the state governments and ministers at the Centre. India also shows the dubious distinction for not providing safety and security for women and girl children. Women and girl-children continue to be the victims of gang rape. It is at this juncture a question that arises: Is India safe for women and girl children? 
Hunger and poverty persists and it manifests in big ways—recent death of three sisters who died of poverty in Delhi unfolds the very gravity and the magnitude of the failures of our delivery systems by not providing food, shelter and basic health and education. 
The educational system has shown dismal failure wherein those at the high school level by and large are ignorant of the some of the things that come under general knowledge. Undoubtedly, on the one hand there have been growth, progress and development that reflect at the GDP, GNP and Per Capita Income, while on the other, inequality is widening and the gap is becoming wider and wider. For instance, less than 2 percent of Indian’s population owning or controlling more than 70 percent of India’s wealth. Crony capitalism is at its zenith and keeps gaining momentum.
 The data, facts and figures convey that India @ 71 though shows great promises primarily in the economic domains, but paints a dismal failure in the social, religio-cultural and political domains. Religious plurality and cultural diversity are the hallmark of Indian civilization. Mutual and harmonious co-existence has been the basic tenets of Indian Constitution. Negating and defying these values and ideals are antithetical to India’s secular fabric. At 71, what kind of India we would like to leave for the present and future generation? Certainly, I want my India that embraces inclusivity, diversity and plurality. 
(Concluded)
 
 

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