Essay on If I were a Prime Minister
Being a prime minister in a country of more than 1.3 billion people, seems not just like a dream, but more like a miracle. Holding the position of India’s Prime Minister brings with it great power and even greater responsibilities.
The Prime Minister is the head of the Union Cabinet of ministers and is a direct personal advisor to the President of the country. He or she is a member of both the houses of the Parliament; The Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha.
Although our current Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, is doing a brilliant job, I would still like to think about what my plans would be had I been the PM.
Problems I would address as a Prime Minister
We all remember Nelson Mandela’s words, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” The Indian education system is flawed in numerous aspects. Many have noticed it; a lot have agreed to it, but none have done anything about it.
I would change our education system from one of rote learning to one that is more practical and technical in nature. Another set back in the educational domain is the reservation system.
It was done with a good intention to give a chance to the backward classes to uplift themselves by getting access to better opportunities. But now, this system is only misused. I would change the caste-based reservation system to economic status- based reservation system.
According to reports and research, the time is not far when our country’s population will beat that of China and become the most populated country in the world. Having a large population has severe disadvantages.
There are lesser resources available to everyone. Some won’t be able to buy a car, whereas some won’t be able to afford even pulses. Competition for everything, including seats at universities, jobs, etc. would be intense.
I would take measures to keep the population in control and save our country from yet another population explosion.
Another issue that I would like to address would be the ever-increasing gap between the rich and the poor. The statement that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer is a sad reality in our nation.
I would like to bridge the vast gap between them and eradicate this disparity. Taxing the rich heavily and providing free stuff to the poor is not the only way to do this.
The poor people should be paid better salaries and be able to give themselves and their children a decent standard of living. Why do we see so many transgender people on the road begging? Is it because this is their way of living? No, it isn’t.
The society still doesn’t accept them. I would make certain rules wherein even the third gender of our society would not be deprived of their rightful opportunities.
Another widespread problem that has engulfed our country since long is unemployment. India has the largest number of people between the age of 15 to 59 years.
This is the population that can work and generate productive results. But the ugly truth is that many don’t find proper jobs even after attaining a master’s degree.
In fact, in a recent report, it was mentioned that more than 2 lakh MBA (Management in Business Administration) graduates had applied for road sweeping positions in the government.
The youth of any country is its asset. They should be given the skills to become more self-reliant. The spirit of entrepreneurship should be fostered. Not everyone should seek jobs for themselves; some should even aim at creating them for others.
It is rightly said that women are the real architect of societies. Without them, the world cannot move forward. Without them, new life cannot be welcomed.
India is a country where Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati are worshipped and knelt in front of, while at the same time, women are abused, raped and murdered. Isn’t it ironic? When daughters leave their houses in the morning, mothers don’t tell them, “Have a nice day!”, instead they say, “Come home before it gets dark.”
India is a country which is not considered safe for women. Delhi is not only India’s capital, but it is also the world’s rape capital. I would do everything in my capacity to make this country a better place for women—a place where they live not in fear, but in confidence.
Our country still has a long way to go. One single person, no matter how powerful, cannot change the nation entirely. The joint effort of each and every individual is required. We all should pledge to make India a country that prospers and advances.