Change, Development and Progress

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Change is the essence of life. Nothing in this universe is static. everything has to move on to sustain its existence. The same is true for a nation. A nation or a country is doomed unless there is a constant change taking place which moulds the lives of the countrymen and takes the country forward. This process of change has to be catalysed by the powers that govern the nation. In our country, successive democratically elected governments have put the country on the path of progress since independence. Today as a nation we can boast that we are in a position which probably in the furthest of imagination nobody could even dream of when we just attained independence in 1947.As our president Dr. Abdul Kalam has mentioned that by 2020 he dreams of an India which will be recognized as one of the most powerful nations of the world. The specific areas where the nation has made tremendous progress are extensive industrialization, massive growth in agricultural production resulting in self-sufficiency in food grains and remarkable growth in infrastructure sector specially power and roadways. The industrialization of our country took giant strides with the setting up of the huge steel plants in the public sector, which the then Prime Minister Shri Jawaharlal Nehru described as “The temples of modern India”. The heavy engineering industry also took giant leaps in the post independence era. Oil, mining,cement and metal industries also progressed significantly. The industrial scenario in the country has undergone a sea change in the last one decade. Liberalisation of economy has exposed the Indian industries to global competition. The management of industries is increasingly shifting from the government to the private sector. Indian industries are having a trying time to meet global standards in terms of quality and cost. They have to benchmark their production against the best in the world. The oil...
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