Do you think India is a poor country? What's the first impression you get when someone calls it a poor country? Yes, even I get the same impression. How can you call India poor? Its growing by the day, one of the foremost developing country. Look at the amount of development around. The growth rate, the growing manufacturing and agriculture industry.
With most of world class technology coming in, the production prowess has multiplied. Look at companies like Tata and Reliance. They have grown leaps and bounds. Mukesh Ambani and Anil Ambani are considered to be among the top richest people. Look at how we are growing everyday. Inspite of all this global recession, the Indian countries are doing well. Yes the IT sector has been affected, but that is throughout the world.
The telecomm surge and the mobile super nova, has tilted and ignited the wheels of development. After the vision of mobile phone by Reliance Dhirubhai Ambani, now it is the vision of Ratan Tata with this car Nano. Are we not going towards the developed nation tag? I met a girl online on facebook from cannada I think. As soon as I said, "I am from India", she says, "I have heard that it is a poor country from one of my friends, sorry to know that you are from there". I was really taken aback.
Either her friend must be blind or she must be deaf. I asked her, if she has misconception because of the movie "Slumdog Millionarie". But she had never seen the movie. She had never been to India. I told her that you should come to India, before deciding if it is poor country or not. She agreed. This was just a conversation. It had serious repercussion in my mind for the next days. I was thinking, what has India done so that, that girl's friend calls it poor. I was riding my bike thinking about it. As there was a traffic light, most of them stood. Some broke the rule and drove off inspite of red light.
Then came a red liquid from the left which feel just inches before my bike. Yes a guy spit paan. I looked at him with a staring eyes.He just looked back at me and said "Kya?" (what? in hindi), as if I had done something wrong.Then there was two guys begging for money. A old lady going from one auto to another begging. The police man stopping people who drove off in red light (I was thinking at least, there is law and order). The guy just showed some identity cards or bribed the police man. The green light in the traffic signal did not work. Hence we never knew if the signal said go or not. When the police guy waved his hands, we knew the signal had turned green and it is a go.
We must be rich as we can bribe the police man 100 bucks. We must be rich, inspite of paying taxes we don't get the green light fixed. We must be rich with 3 beggars on the road scartching their head for the next meal. We must be rich, as we spit on the board that says, "No spitting". We must be rich as we generously give 5 bucks to the beggar. Poverty is the state of mind. The guy who is begging can easily work somewhere, where he will get a good salary. He can improve his skills. But he prefers begging as it is a easier mode of obtaining money.
India is not a poor country and has never been a poor country. It is just the people of India, who makes her feel like she is very poor. Every individual can change that by being hygenic and obedient. By having that common sense and self realisation with compounded enlightenment, they can drive India higher on stature, so that when viewed from global eyes, she appears beautiful. Collective responsibility formed from individual responsibility, I should say is very much the need. India will remain poor to world's eye as long as her people ignore their responsibilities.