Post Mortem

What’s ‘new’ in our India?

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 4/24/2019 11:57:38 AM IST

 Politicians from the far right to the center to the left keep promising many things such as ‘they would take India’ which means ‘US’, its citizens somewhere comparing to Singapore or what not. Many such promises keep emerging as the country is in the Parliamentary elections mode. There’s no limit and for the politicians the sky is also not the limit. Recent promises by the BJP and our PM Modi is skyrocketing that his vision of India—‘New India’ would usher bullet trains, bogies that would have transparent roofs where the passengers could see the skyscapes because landscapes can no more be seen and so his notion of ‘new India’ is now moving towards skyscapes, rockets and space shuttle so on and so forth. 

The period being predicted or rather projected is somewhere 2025 and beyond.  The period that the politicians and those who govern the nation predict is far beyond. People are dead by then and those who said also may not be alive. They should understand that in the ‘long-run’ people are dead and therefore let them make some ‘short-term’ promises that are realizable and see to that they are translated within the proximate life time of the people who could approximate in real terms. Over and above, the world that we live functions on categories such as ‘under-developed’, ‘developing’ and ‘developed’ and are based on a set of criteria/guidelines that takes socio-economic and other aspects comprehensively. 

Let us not take the categories ‘developed or advanced countries’ for analysis, rather take only ‘developing’ as the center of the current analysis. It’s better to compare India’s social and economic indicators with the rising Asian countries such as China, Singapore, South Korea and Hong Kong are way ahead in economic prosperity than India. When it comes to social indicators India figures far below in its performance. However, India as the fastest growing nation economically may be true taking into account its GDP and so on. Nonetheless there are standardized data taken as referral points for comparative analysis such as the international organization like World Bank (WB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF).  

As per the 2017 World Bank figures, the per capita national income in India was $1,800, while other countries like Singapore, South Korea, and China reported per capita national income of $54,530, $28,380, and $8,690, respectively. In terms of Human Development Index, India ranked at 103, while China, South Korea, Singapore, and the US rank at 86, 22, 9 and 13, respectively. While India had 21.2 per cent poor population (living on $1.90 a day as per 2011 purchasing power parity), China had 7.9 per cent population in the category, while Singapore and South Korea had almost negligible poor population. While India employed around 41.6 per cent of the population in agriculture, while China, South Korea, Singapore and the US had 16.4 per cent, 4.8 per cent, 0.1 per cent and 1.6 per cent population that depended on agriculture.

The above indicators show the comparisons with other countries are startling and candidly show where does India stand? They are appalling and disgusting. What then is the ‘New India’ the politicians talking about where we have such glaring backwardness and underdevelopment wherein a mass of people living. Unless and until the social indicators rise sheer concentrating on economic development shall never take India to greater heights. As voiced by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, India should strive for social equalbria. Social equalbria ought to precede economic equalbria, since we have a funny caste system that has fixed quite a vast sections of people and thus deprived them at all levels.

Dr. John Mohan Razu

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