T.E.Lawrence, a British archaeologist, army officer, diplomat and writer once said that, “all men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible”.
This aptly sums up the real meaning of dream. Only those dreams come true which are nurtured with strength, patience and passion to reach for the stars to change the world. The dream a person dream alone is just a dream but, a dream if all Indian dreams together this will be termed as a reality.
India is struggling with many problems and it can only develop when all these problems are tackled with a strategy. And dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.
The dream of independence, which the citizen saw from open eyes, became true on 15th August, 1947. The 200 year long struggle ended with colours of victory. India has come a long way since independence. India is heading towards becoming successful and is working hard to influence other in the international field.
But, for becoming a super power, the country needs to strengthen itself internally and externally by removing the paradoxes that hampers the growth. There are several other problems which India is facing and we need to overcome them.
The dream of safety of women
The status of women in ancient times was much better. Women during the Vedic period enjoyed equal status with men in all aspects of life. Works by ancient Indian grammarians such as Patanjali and Katyayana suggested that women were educated in the early Vedic period.
Along with the invasion of the country by the Muslims, the position of women declined further. In many cases the Hindu girls were given in marriage before the age of nine or ten. This also clearly indicated that the Hindu girls were denied education. In freedom struggle also, women were not given prominent place.
There were only few females who were given place in the freedom struggle. Today, there are many provisions in the Constitution of India, and government has formulated many laws from time to time for uplifting the status of women in India but proper implementation is still a dream.
We can now conceptualize and implement the cheapest way to reach mars but our girls fail to successfully complete the journey from a mother’s womb. Women are often subjected to domestic violence, lack of education, lack of medical resources, female feticide etc. Women are not safe whether they are inside the house or are working outside.
Rape the number of rape cases are increasing day by day. Even the parent who is liberal to their female child and wants to educate them hesitates to send them to big cities. Though the condition has improved, but women are not as independent as men.
The government enacts laws to ensure that women get a proper system of redressal and their rights are not curbed. Some of these laws are:
- Prevention of Children from Sexual Offence Act, 2012
- The Domestic Violence Act, 2005
- Sexual Harassment of Women at Work Place Act, 2013
Corruption free country
Every citizen is working hard today to achieve success, but some adopts a path which diverts them from the normal cause of action. The constitution provides equal opportunity to all irrespective of caste, colour, creed, sex etc. based on their skills and knowledge. But people use unfair means to achieve what the desires.
Corruption is rooted in every department of government and private sector. The political parties are involved in corruption. The virtues of honesty have declined. Those who are involved in corruption and related activities forget that they are satisfied in short run and in long run their life will be full of tensions.
The substantial deposits in the Swiss Bank are an example of black money. Today, the universities are also corrupt. They take handsome amount from those who do not deserve any seat. This valuable seat which should be given to a deserving candidate is wasted and sold for money. Corruption is a deeply rooted problem and we are its only solution. We should know the implications of it and should stop corruptions.
Terror free country
The Pulwama attack, the Uri attack, the Naxalite the Mumbai attacks, attacks are a few examples that terrorism is a threat over the peace of the country. We are affected by the cross border terrorism. Infiltration of terrorists from Kashmir and Bangladesh border is generating a lot of violence and panic among people.
Our brave soldiers are losing their lives countering the enemy attacks. India already invest much in defense and related fields. These resources could have been applied somewhere else if terrorism was not the problem for the country. Terrorism is a global issue and nations are trying to counter this but there is still a need for an international body to counter the problem of terrorism. Therefore, we need a terror free society which can sleep peacefully.
The dream of being an economically prosperous nation
An economically prosperous nation is the one which has no poor population, equal opportunities to everyone, affordable access to basic amenities of life, a speedy health care facility at cheap rates, a power full currency, no problem of hoarding and inflation, availability of food for everyone etc.
Today India is the fastest growing economy of the world and has been ranked third according to the Gross Domestic Product. But this growth is also insufficient to reach the equitable distribution of income among its people. A large section of the society is still living under the poverty line. The agriculture product of India stands third in the world but still we encounter the problems of suicide and hunger of the farmers. These problems need special and urgent attention.
Education for all
The Government of India is trying its hardest to increase the literacy rate of the country, but even after putting all the efforts it still lack behind. The government started the Mid-day meal policy to attract more children and this strategy is getting a good response. But still there are many hurdles which stop children from coming to school.
Like in villages the girls are not allowed to go outside their houses and are taught to be good mothers. Small girls are married off at a tender age and their path of education is blocked with many other household responsibilities. The light of education is yet to be reached to grass root level of the society.
The education system of India is very theoretical which do not provide much opportunity for research works. We have the best institutions like the IIT, IIM, AIIMS etc which are capable of generating world class professionals but they also lacks in government funding for the purpose of research and development.
Problem of hunger and malnutrition is a matter of concern. The conditions of the government hospitals are pitiable. There is no availability of proper facilities. The prices of health care at reputable institutions are reaching skies. People die every day due to lack of availability of medical aid.
Scientific and technology development
The Mangalyaan mission is the first inter planetary mission which was successfully accomplished by the Indian technological developments. India accomplished this mission in its first attempt. This accomplishment brought glory to our nation. The missiles and other advancement has brought in a lot of praise from all over the world.
Though we did a lot in the field of technological and scientific development, still we lack behind the powers such as Russia and USA. We are dependent on other developed countries for weapons, machinery, aircraft’s, fighter planes, carriers etc.
The government needs to boost up creative thinking and encourage research and innovation. With the efforts of the government make in India movement, the country is making its first indigenous Air Craft Carrier 1 at Cochin Shipyard in Kochi. It is the first aircraft carrier to be built in India. This is just one example; the government has been encouraging the native people to develop in India.
Employment for all
The scarcity of employment is one of the major issues of the country. Ever year India is producing large amount of scholars but there is inadequate infrastructure to provide them job. The industrial sector needs to be developed so that the jobs increase and other ways to get jobs also open up.
We need to look into this problem and find solutions for it because the dream of equitable distribution of income and resources would never be accomplished.
The dreams could only be accomplished if all the citizen of the nation contribute in them. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam once said that Dream is not what you see in sleep, is the ting which does not let you sleep. India is a country of 1.3 billion people is made of the soil where billions hopes and aspirations emerge but very few of them are transformed into reality. We all need to work collectively to make all our dreams become reality.