INDIA OF MY DREAM
“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
Into that heaven of freedom, my
Father, let my country awake”.
That was the dream of Tagore. It has been lost as the world has been rushing fast towards materialism; India of my dreams is an admixture of the virtues of the past and the realities of the present. I would not like the nation to do away with the valor of Rani Chenamma, Rani Laxmibai, Shivaji and Maharana Pratap. They represent the aggressive spirit of the people who fought against foreigners for centuries. But the foreigners ruled over the country for a long time. People became submissive. They lost their honor. It is to be revived.
The people of India should have a confidence that they can stand on their own. They have not to depend on other countries for anything. The heroes and heroines of the past glorified the country with their bravery. The misguided leadership is throwing the country into the arms of multinational companies. It will make us slaves in the field of industry and business. Instead of depending on others we should show our superiority in trade and industry. Material development is the basis of success in this age. Let us walk a step beyond the age of computer. The India of my dreams is a land of great scientist.
The land of my dreams is not a; land of mere business tycoons as Japan is, India, today, is a land of riches and poverty. On the one pole are ultra rich. On the other are the people below the line of poverty. I wish the development of a middle class society- a society dominated by small-scale producers and those running the cottage industries. I dream of a nation of affluence, but not dominated by the affluent.
Education is the soul of a nation. The India of my dream is a land of hundred per cent educated people. Let us do away with the farce of calling those people literate who can write only their names and those educated who have procured a certificate through copying and other unfair means. Let my country have people who are really educated s that they may think about the welfare of the society and strength of the nation. It is through education that we can retain our culture, control our population, reject dogmas and the false history that was written by foreigners and is retained by selfish leaders.
India of my dream will have no scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and backward classes. Everyone will be an honorable citizen. Everyone will have the same social status. There will be no upper or lower castes. The male chauvinism will disappear and women will enjoy the same status as enjoyed by men. Let this dram be a reality.