oppn parties India Has to Change to Keep It's Tryst With Destiny

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  • Last date for filing Income Tax returns by salaried employees extended to August 31
  • Supreme Court extends Assam NRC deadline to August 31
  • Prohibitory orders clamped in Bengaluru. Wine shops, pubs, bars and restaurants ordered closed for the next 48 hours
  • Congress still trying to avoid the floor test in Karnataka
  • 75 percent of the jobs in all private sector firms to be reserved for locals in Andhra Pradesh
  • Supreme Court will hear the petition of two independent MLAs seeking a direction to the Karnataka Speaker to hold the trust vote "forthwith"
  • Congress-JD(S) and a partisan Speaker push the Karnataka trust vote to Tuesday
  • Panel submits draft legislation to the government to criminalize mining, investing and trading of crypto-currencies
  • Government panel suggest a ban on crypto-currencies
  • Lok Sabha passes RTI Act amendment bill amid protests by the Opposition
  • Jasprit Bumrah rested for ODIs and T20s
  • Dinesh Kartik ignored across fromats
  • Rohit Sharma included in Test team too while Wriddhiman Saha makes a comeback after injury
  • Virat Kohli retained as captain across formats for the West Indies tour
  • MS Dhoni decides to take a two-month break, will skip West Indies tour but will not retire
Congress-JD(S) government loses trust vote in Karnataka. BJP might stake claim to form the government
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India Has to Change to Keep It's Tryst With Destiny

By Sunil Garodia

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
68 years have gone by since we started our tryst with destiny. But a look at the present state of the nation clearly shows that this was definitely not the destiny foretold for us. The sone ki chidia has become a garbage bin. Along with allowing their brains to be filled with assorted garbage, Indians have turned the country into a huge open garbage vat. No Swaccha Bharat abhiyan is going to be successful unless the garbage in the brain is flushed out.

India could have leveraged its geographical location, richness in minerals, fertile land and human resources to emerge as a strong manufacturing and exporting nation ( after all, foreign invaders did that for over 200 years). Instead, government control and arbitrary decisions â€" leading to a licence-quota raj â€" lead to 44 years (before the opening of the economy in 1991) of unbridled corruption and crony capitalism when a certain portion of the politico-bureaucratic and business class cornered all benefits for itself. Competition was crushed. Mediocre products, made at a huge cost, were sold at even greater profit by corporations that were favoured by corrupt politicians and bureaucrats. When 1991 reforms happened, the government of the day made the mistake of not making decision making transparent. Crony capitalists had a field day and multi-crore scams ensued.

In the interim, politicians and political parties kept dividing Indians on the basis or caste, community, language and region. In the process, a pan-Indian identity went for a toss and we increasingly became Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jains or SC, ST, OBC or even Bengalis, Punjabis and Tamilians. Spurred by access to easy money from government welfare schemes, politicians carved out small empires for themselves according to whatever way they could manage to divide the people. They and their hangers-on prospered. Even lanky Leftists started sporting pot-bellies, while the people remained unfed and unemployed. Every politician pointed fingers at others without finding a solution to the problem. India remained, and remains, submerged in a cesspool of mediocrity brought about by its ruling classes. Individual Indians excelled and shined, but as a country India was left way behind in the community of nations.

Now, as we stand on the threshold of an economic revolution, petty political rivalries continue to spread nails on the pathway, much in the manner of the tyre-repairing shop that does it on the highway to get customers. If India does not undertake electoral reforms, bring about transformation in decision making by making it transparent, does not introduce a mechanism to weed out and punish corruption, does not reward innovation and enterprise and does not cut down on red tape by enacting modern and efficient laws, we will not be able to keep our tryst with destiny for a long time to come.