India has made great strides in the fields of Information Technology, Science, Education, Military etc… no doubt about it. Multi National Companies and Call Centres in India mint money. In the process, one cannot deny the fact that millions run their families because of the employment offered by those companies. Where would the families be if not for those MNCs? Breakthroughs in the field of Medicine and Technology are a tribute to the growth of Science in India. Foreign nationals swooping down on Indian Universities is a sure sign of the quality of Indian Education. One cannot say that Indian Education is the best there is, yet, the improvement seen in the field of Education in the recent years cannot be ignored. The military prowess of India is something definitely not to be taken lightly, and the entire world knows the fact.
Yet, India – the land of tradition, sunshine and hospitality flounders on certain areas; critical areas – fields where the pioneering country should’ve cloaked itself with the mantle of leadership and led majestically from the front, as a living example. Had it been so! Alas! Even the streets of the country are packed with dust baked Audis, BMWs and quite recently – Jaguars. This too is a proof of the wealth of India. When one takes pride in the growth of India, there are spotted sights and signs that disturb one and make one wonder if India would ever reform itself or at the least, learn from other countries. The plight of India is evident to any who might care to observe. Beggars still compete with street dogs for scraps of leftovers at the corporation dustbins whereas uniformed beggars annoy and rob the public on all possible lanes, streets and highways with a convoy of a Toyota Innova or a Mahindra Bolero and a couple of motorcycles, the framework of the vehicles flashing blue and red lights! What is India transforming into? Where is the decency and honesty that we taught the world?
In this era of modern science and advancement, workmen risk their lives to go into man holes to clear the dirt out. Why do the men go in? Why is technology not used here? Aren’t we scientifically high enough to have cultivated the thought of not sending humans – fellow brothers, inside dark holes that could possibly turn into murderous graves? Why does no one care if such a scene is witnessed on a roadside? There travel the rich, the poor, the young, the old, the literate and the illiterate, where out of an open hole on the pavement emerges a man clearing scum and throwing it out. No one gives a second thought or even a glance at the man. Who will take care of the man’s family if he were to die there? All these things happen on a busy road in the heart of the city. Still, we do not bother. Why? Have we lost heart? Where then, is the glory of India and its ancestry? We do so many things to change the face of India. What needs to be changed is not the face of India, but the heart. What is or would be our contribution towards that?