“Ye desa megina, yendugalidina
ye pithha mekkina, yevvaredu raina
pogadarA, ni talli bhoomi bharatini
nilupara, ni jAti nindu garvammu
— Shri Rayaprolu Subba Rao
( English Translation of above Telugu Poem :
Whichever country you go to, wherever you set foot,
Whatever dais you ascend, whatever anyone says,
Praise your Mother Bharati,
Keep up your race’s whole dignity!)
It is amazing and wonderful celebrating Independence day. Tricolor everywhere!!! Tricolor in every nook and corner of the city.Tricolor in every paper, every news channel. Songs,news about the national leaders, patriotic songs, some programs about our soldiers …everything is amazing. However, this thought of being conscious about the real value of INDEPENDENCE only on a National Holiday like this is scary. We need not display and celebrate Independence day everyday, however as the responsible citizens of this serene country India, we need to respect the independence we have and treasure the country we have. Driving the point home, our motto should not be celebrating this festival of Independence or Republic with pomp and gaiety our motto should be striving towards the improvement, development of the country and doing all the acts which uphold the dignity of the country India and its citizens.
I am blessed to be in this wonderful largest democratic nation of the world. Respecting the laws , leaders and the Governments of this country, I want to present here some of the issues, which bother me as a citizen of India.
1) Freedom From Corruption:
Our’s is a wonderful nation with ample natural, human resources. We are a developed nation. However, why is that we face this problem of Corruption in several levels of the society. Why is that we cannot have a corrupt free nation. Why should our hardwork payed in terms of taxes go into the pockets of some shameless, waste officers and so called politicians. If we have the capability to EARN we should have the capability to PROTECT , what we earn. To set everything right. We need to have strict laws. Let us support Shri Anna Hazare in this aspect. He is advocating for a Bil, The Lok Pal Bill (The Citizen Ombudsman Bill), that will form an autonomous authority who will make politicians (ministers), beurocrats (IAS/IPS) accountable for their deeds. (Do check this post: Anna Hazare, Aam Aadmi Aur Woh !!!!)
2) Need To Save Disappearing Daughters Of India:
A report on NDTV says “Despite several policies to protect the girl child, their number below six years of age has fallen sharply. According to the 2011 census data, in the last decade alone, the child sex ratio has dipped from 927 to 914 per 1000, the lowest since independence. Not just that, the total population of children in general has dipped as well by 5 million. Poor nutrition and healthcare, rising female foeticide and overall neglect care being pegged as the major reasons for this sharp decline. But, attitude, experts say, continues to be the biggest factor. “There is a bias against the girl child”
Is’nt this shameful? Is’nt a paradox. Ours is a nation ruled by Women in all the top positions. Ours is a nation which is well known for respecting the female gender. In such country we see this dangerous aspect of decrease in female population, we see this increasing trend of opting out the female gender.Is’nt this trend dangerous? Its time we seriously think about this and work on this. A nation or a home without females is as equivalent to a burial ground. There is no prosperity where there is no respect or existence of females. Do check this post of mine Throw Some Light On “Disappearing Daughters Of India” on this Republic Day
3) Honoring The Indian Farmer Who brings Food to us:
Do you know that India ranks second worldwide in farm output. Agriculture and allied sectors like forestry and logging accounted for 16.6% of the GDP in 2007, employed 52% of the total workforce and despite a steady decline of its share in the GDP, is still the largest economic sector and plays a significant role in the overall socio-economic development of India.
However, Issues related to farmers are always taken the back seat. Every politician leaves no chance in portraying himself or herself as the champion of the causes of the farmers. However, no one really cares about them when farmer needs actual help. Life of a farmer is so tough. He can be confident of the returns to the money of the crop only when it is actually sold in the market in the right price. Farmer needs to deal with several hardships related to weather such as rains, sunlight etc….extreme climatic conditions like drought or severe rains. We cannot control the climate. Government should have flexible policies which help the Farmers. Because of several financial hardships the farmer suicides are increasing to alarming levels. Farmers do not need any charity or any mercy in dealing their crisis. They need timely help wrt seeds, fertilizers and fair place to sell their goods with fair price where they get the minimum amount of their investment. This year,inspite of having favorable climatic conditions, inspite of having favorable amount of crops, Farmer is in danger because of unfavorable selling conditions. Vexed because of this farmers in some states like Andhra Pradesh have declared Crop Holiday. This is an alarming trend. Do check this post of mine Natha Marega Ya Nahin…
Am not a pessimist who mourns for everything, however I pray for a better and bright INDIA where we see people flourish in all the basic fields and where everyone leads a decent and respectable life with dignity. I am a firm believer of this KAIZEN philosophy. Life is all about continuous improvement and I want my country to improve continuously in all the aspects.
Jaya Hey Jaya Jaya Hey!!!