At the stroke of midnight when India acquired freedom on 15th August 1947, it was not thought that 67 years later it would be home to the largest number of poor. Every year we take pride in remembering those who sacrificed their lives during the freedom struggle. Every Indian soul will remain indebted to them. Somewhere down the line it’s good that they are not with us to see the dismal conditions that exist now …
However, moving away from the problems we must take pride in the achievements. At the time of Independence in 1947, 90% of the population lived below the poverty line which has now come to 30%; the journey has been good for India if not better. In these years, India has grown from strength to strength with its troops being the 2nd largest in the world. Transformation has been enormous from being an agrarian economy to a global outsource hub. India has the 3rd largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity.
This year, we saw the people of the world’s largest democracy exercise their rights making Narendra Damodardas Modi India’s 15th Prime Minister. Though he has made all the correct moves, it will be interesting to see if “Acchay Din” are actually on their way. The nation is eagerly waiting for the elected leaders to fulfill their commitments towards the people.
This year, Innovative Financial Advisors Pvt. Ltd. is encouraging people to work together for the betterment of the society. Becoming the next super power for India requires the country to be an economically strong nation with an improved HDI ranking. The incidences of atrocities against women have increased despite massive outrage across the country in recent times. It has become all the more important for the citizens, government and security forces to adopt practices improving the safety and security of women. Apart from this, India needs to focus on environment conservation and overall sustainability. There also have been incidences of communal violence which is not good and definitely doesn’t go with the secular attitude of the country.
All these efforts become crucial as India is being portrayed to the west as an emerging super power when the ground reality is very different. The younger generation will now have the responsibility of being the change agents by moving ahead of the growth barriers and bringing equality, peace and harmony to the foray. Every individual, whether rich or poor, hindu or muslim, boy or girl should contribute for the betterment of the nation. India is still trapped in myths and traditions which becomes a constraint for overall development. People should remember what Mahatama Gandhi said “it is good to swim in the waters of tradition; but to sink in them is suicide.”
From Gandhi to Rani Laxmi Bai, there have been many who have made us proud every now and then irrespective of their gender, caste or religion. They all deserve to get their due respect and this Independence Day, Innovative Financial Advisors Pvt. Ltd. is urging everyone to pledge their contribution towards India becoming the next super power.
“Responsibility is the Price…as there was nothing Free in India’s Freedom struggle…”
By – Rahul Choudhury
Innovative Financial Advisors Pvt. Ltd