Hundreds of languages, multiple religions, and distinct castes and cultures proudly represent the nation, India. With a view to streamlining and strengthening the ruling, the constitution makers defined the structure of Government, the mode of selection of members of the Parliament, and their duties and responsibilities. With the passage of time, the nation’s political environment witnessed the rise of political parties that are backed up by particular religion/ caste. This definitely led to realistic development of every sphere of society; however undue favors to specific castes can also not be overlooked.
Counting and listing down the achievements of the nation in the past seven decades post independence is not easy. We can surely recollect the incidences when representatives from distinct religions were bestowed upon with the task of governance. The Muslims who are considered to be in minority with respect to the overall population represented the post of President at three different times. The nation also was a spectator to the incidence when a catholic lady forfeited her Prime Ministerial candidature and favored the appointment of a Sikh Prime Minister. Shouldn’t the nation be proud of the fact that the Speaker of the Lower House of the Parliament is a woman, while that of the Upper House is a Muslim? The verity that a woman succeeded a Muslim President who contributed enormously in the scientific glory of the nation is considerable to note.
How many of us know that India has been the largest economy in the world for 1500 of the last 2000 years? Diversity has been the nation’s strength. We have seen India becoming home to Americans, Syrians, and natives of distinctive countries. Also, the Zoroastrians when forced to quit their homeland created their homes in this nation. Do we feel proud of the verity that the religions, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Jainism were born in India? The leaders of religions must know that India is the second largest Muslim nation on earth – wherein they are an inseparable part in the prosperity of the economy and infrastructure. Recall the fact that the Jewish have been the residents of India since the Romans burnt their second temple. Also, the nation has been home to Dalai Lama and even the Government of Tibet in exile.
Hurdles have been many. When terrorism shattered the root of mankind on one hand and on the other the religious leaders created gaps, all-inclusive development was complex. The facts are still favorable. The economy of India has been lifting 40 million residents out of poverty every year and promises to deliver middle class standards to majority of the population by the year 2025- Feel proud to be a part. Above all is the fact that more than 1/10th of humanity herein is ready to vote- An inspiration to most developed countries. More than 700 million votes are ready to direct the upcoming governance of the nation. The pace of growth has surely been lessened by factors that include corruption, lack of infrastructural facilities, criminalization of politics, biased policies of the Government, lack of accountability, and lack of women empowerment. The upcoming general elections would definitely witness the agony of the residents towards these factors. The political party, which will be bestowed upon with the responsibility of forming the Government at the Centre should be vigilant to ensure uniform prosperity of all. The nation has viewed thriving implementation of measures that have helped reviving the economy. Let us believe that the upcoming years would bring in the much-awaited and stricter reforms. Let us also remember that we can be a part of this by being a voter and not a petitioner.