India attained independence on August 15, 1947. What has she achieved
during fifty plus… years of freedom? Though there has been considerable
progress, the overall picture of life in the country is depressing.
What with spiraling prices and growing unemployment, the common man
remains as poor as he had been. Though education has spread, its
standard and quality have received a set - back.
Not is the political scene very encouraging. While the working of
democracy is not satisfactory, the forces of religion, provincialism and
linguism pose a threat to the unity of the country. Our leaders lack
the qualities of idealism, integrity and self - sacrifice, which were
abundantly in evidence during the days of the struggle for freedom.
In this bleak situation, it is natural for the youth of the country
to turn to the India of its dreams. It is a mistake to suppose that
dreams and visions are always futile - a way of escaping from hard
realities. A dream often inspires the dreamer to work and strive so that
it may come true.
In the India of my dreams, everybody has enough money. Though money
is not the end of life, sufficient money is essential to the development
of one's personality. This general prosperity goes hand in hand with
economic and social equality. The wide gulf between the rich and the
poor that exists today has largely disappeared. I must emphasise that
all this co - exists with democracy. People have freedom of thought and
My ideal India is industrialised and modernised. Without
industrialisation a high standard of life is impossible. At the same
time she has not discarded her ancient traditions and distinctive
culture. She embodies the best in the cultures of the East and the West.
Education is wide - spread, and there is practically no illiteracy.
People have shed superstitious, outworn ideas and customs. While India
is militarily strong, she believes in non - violence, and strives to
spread in the world the message of peace and brotherhood of man.
I cannot better describe the India of my dreams than by quoting the famous poem of Tagore: -
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit.
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever - widening thought and action.
Into that haven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake