TO SURVIVE in India, I sometimes think, one needs to be a wishful thinker. There is much about India that is beautiful and inspiring, but there’s quite as much that is terribly frustrating. For decades since our independence, we have languished as a poor country—and even though we opened up parts of our economy in 1991, much of the country is still desperately poor. Our imperial overlords handed over power in 1947 to a government that was almost as oppressive—one that we now take for granted. There are so many ways in this could be a better country, even a leader among nations.
So as 2008 begins, I present to you my wishlist for the new year. This is all fantasy—none of these wishes may actually come true this year. But they give us something to aim for, and hopefully we’ll get there one day—and truly be a free country.
It’s a long list, and I’m sure any reader of Pragati could easily double it. There is so much to do, and so little will. And yet, it is important to keep shouting from the rooftops what India needs to fix, and Pragati will continue to do just that. Are you with us?
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