Where India Lagged
India is a beautiful land of diversity. Our glorious past speaks of the greatness of the people who lived here. The country is rich in minerals, fertile soil and human resources. India gave many renowned scholars who did commendable work in arts, science and technology. Craftsmen, artisans from India are famous all over the world. What happened that our country stopped progressing in some fields. It was India where technology and innovation were first observed. Why in the last few hundred years did India begin to lose its capability to invent? Happiness quotient of India is among the last few countries(!). Records show that the country is progressing but the poor people are becoming poorer and the rich are getting richer. Aren’t you worried?
Let’s search for the reasons because of which India is lagging behind.
•• Government is creating opportunities for the young people of India yet there’s desperation if we compare ourselves with the other countries of the world. Are the efforts not in the right direction? Check out the probable reasons.
* India is not spending enough on the education of primary and secondary students.
* India’s investment in research work is quite poor. In research opportunities, India is worse than South Africa and Brazil.
*Indian universities have become business hubs. They charge and teach minimal, giving zero importance to research.
* Only a few institutions like IISc, DRDO, ISRO and a few IITs contribute to research but overall the reputation in India is poor as long as the research is concerned.
*Startup idea, ‘Make in India’ is not going to be a success in the long run because of limited resources. If India wants to go far in research, it should invest in higher education.
•• India’s Happiness Quotient landed at 118 (in 2016), 122 (in 2017), 133 (In 2018) and 140 (In 2019) among 157 countries. You will be surprised to know that India lagged behind Pakistan, Somalia, China and Bangladesh. Reasons? Let’s study the vital parameters for calculating Happiness Quotient:
* GDP per capita in terms of purchasing power scored very bad in India. One-fourth of India’s population is below the poverty line and we couldn’t expect this parameter to work better.
* Healthy years of life expectancy- Basic medical support is not available to the majority of Indians and we failed on this parameter too.
*Social support ( Having someone to count on in times of trouble)- Though India has a strong family system, it lags in social support. How many people speak up when something wrong happens to them? Women safety is also questionable in India.
* Trust ( Absence of corruption in government and business)
In India, there’s a lack of trust in government. In addition, deep-rooted corruption creates a huge difference between the common man and officials. No points gained here.
* Perception of personal liberties- India is a free country but its citizens’ perception of freedom has limited boundaries. Indians are afraid to speak, write, move or even share their opinion in public.
* Generosity ( Recent Donations!)-
Indians do believe in donating but they are not very generous. Many people can definitely donate a part of their income for the welfare of the poor but looking at the huge number of poor people, they back out.
There are many other theories but I’ve listed what stirred me the most.
In my opinion, India should adopt the ‘Gross National Happiness‘ philosophy like our neighbouring country Bhutan. Keep your people happy, everything else will just follow. Please share your views in the comment box below.
This post is a part of Blogchatter A2Z and Global AtoZ blogging challenge. I’m writing 26 posts in the month of April on the theme Glimpse of India. Follow my work on social media platforms with hashtags #AditiWrites, #CelebrateIndiaWithAditi