Shining India

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India was not some happy-go-luck rich kid born with a silver. It had its own problems, some minute, and some grave. “The progress is tremendous,” says Yogesh Lotlikar, a Marketing Engineer. “Given the problems that India has, it has made a considerably great progress. We have a huge population, more than half of them are uneducated, employed, living in terrible conditions without major health and hygiene provisions, and still India has managed to shine. That’s the spirit of a true winner,” he says, “I am very sure no other economy in the world, no matter how developed it is, can function even a day with the kind of problems India is battling with,” he challenges and it is simply impossible to not notice the sarcasm. Sure enough, we cannot deprive India of this sort of appreciation. concerned. “I don’t think there is enough progress. Yes, if you say technologically or as per the growth rate, then it is doing very well. But there is so much cultural unrest, religious divide, illiteracy and poverty. Diseases are common and there is not enough treatment for the poor. The basic problem here is that the rich continue to become richer while the poor are getting poorer every passing day. But there is a silver lining behind India’s big dark cloud of problems. ‘This too shall pass’ seems to be the mantra whenever a problem arises; not too optimistic, not too pessimistic

ndia shining—a phrase that has been drummed into the heads of every Indian `Janta' ever since elections were contemplated. A phrase that political parties have been toying with-both sarcastically and in dead earnest. A phrase coined by the political bigwigs and joyfully tom-tomed by the Indian consumer market-India shining-welcome to the India of the 21st century!

But the question is, Is India really shining? In other words, is the real India shining? Not from a political perspective, in terms of a progress report of the Governments activities, but in terms of the...
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