After a tryst with destiny 70 years back India is said to have now
finally arrived at a take off stage to achieve the dreams and
aspirations of its people.
The nation is witnessing an upsurge of youth power bubbling with
enthusiasm and confidence.
It is not out of context to state here that the present government at
the Centre got elected on a massive mandate from electorate consisting
in abundance of young, mostly first time, voters.
India has traversed a long way since the attainment of independence. The
leadership of the party which guided the destiny of the nation for a
number of electoral terms was obviously inclined towards socialism and
adopted a model of planned development pursuing mixed economy with huge
state sector investment. But the state machinery was not equipped and
even prepared to own the mammoth task.
State intervention was needed and it initially paid dividends because we
could not do without it as the big investments were not possible from
We witnessed the first decade of independent India as full of hope and
aspiration for change in socio economic situations that has been
stagnant for historic reasons. There was superb enthusiasm and
confidence among the people of the new republic that they would change
their destiny. However, the following decades proved to be the period of
disillusionments. Despite the country pumping in huge public money we
found, by the turn of the century, it was complete shattering of hopes
as the system started showing it's rotten state.
For a long time state sponsored economy kept the market based economy at
bay. But for the first time in all these long years we are witnessing a
course correction after the last elections sent a party to govern with
huge electoral mandate.
Unlike its predecessors, the NDA government has no inhibition or
compulsion to follow the beaten path and is using the bulging market
economy for the benefit of rising the standard of living of the masses,
particularly of the poorest of the poor.
The government at the centre, headed by Narendra Modi, is showing a
determination and vigour in taking decisions and implementing them,
including the latest one of GST.
The whole model of subsidies has been changed to transfer financial help
directly to the beneficiaries in their bank accounts.
With the clarion call of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas‘(Together with all,
development for all) and ‘Minimum Government and Maximum Governance’ as
policy initiatives the present government, headed by Narendra Modi, has
established itself a doer.
Of all the policy initiatives taken by the government, the Goods and
Services Tax (GST) is the most transformative and impactful reform GST
aiming at making India a common market with common tax rates.
Replacing the leaky and inefficient welfare delivery system with the
cash transfer model has been adopted using direct benefit transfer (DBT)
pilots with the JAM (Jan Dhan, Aadhaar, Mobile) as its foundation.
This initiative is natural corollary of the ambitious ‘Make in India’
which aims at making the country a global manufacturing hub. ‘Make in
India’ initiative encourages both multinational as well as domestic
companies to manufacture their products in India and the transparent and
efficient tax collection system would make it realise.
Similarly ‘Skill India’ wants to make India a skilled country targeting
skill development training to over 500 million youth by the year 2022.
Coupled with this the flagship ‘Digital India’ programme has already
started transforming the country into a digitally empowered society and
knowledge economy by bringing in digital infrastructure, creating
digital empowerment and delivering governance and services through
digital means. That brings transparency and efficient governance.
‘Start-up India’, ‘Stand-up India’ is aiming at young entrepreneurs to
become self-employed. The scheme was launched to give a boost to
entrepreneurship and job creation. The policy initiative promotes bank
financing for start-up ventures.
The Prime Minister has rightly commented recently that "the pace at
which people are taking to digital technology defies our stereotypes of
age, education, language and income.”
For the first time a sustained and effective effort is made against
corruption which pervaded not only the state machinery but in politics
The battle against corruption has already started cleansing the rotten
system it inherited. The Prime Minister is not only asserting that
boldness is required to drive the corruption out of the system but
adopting a bold approach indeed defying the preachers of doom. A robust
boldness is evident in the functioning of the present government
breaking the inertia.
Election driven development schemes, wrapped in rigid bureaucratic
framework, are now slowly but certainly being replaced with people’s
Young generation of the 21st century is now aspiring for finding its
national identity too as a powerful and competing country in the world.
Majority of Indians are now asserting that they be counted and are not
in a mood of compromise. We may call it self-confidence.
The country is preparing to celebrate Independence Day with greater
hopes and aspirations with full of confidence not witnessed for a long
*The author is a senior journalist with experience of more than 40 years
of journalism. Has served in the Press Trust of India for over 26 years
in various capacities including the Chief of Bureau, Rajasthan.
Views expressed in the article are author’s personal.
(The feature has been contributed by PIB Jaipur)