Hurdles to progress

The bright and the dark of a nation called India

ANALYSIS

AZHAR SHAFI

India is one of the largest nations on the map of the world. Besides it's one of the fastest growing economies and ranks second in the race with China only being the first. These facts have been expressed by various experts around the world. Such details please many Indians that their country is progressing well. It shows brighter side of this nation and that is obvious. Most Indians, common people as well as media personnel, take this brighter side into consideration and talk about it with pride. “Saare Jahan Se Acha” and “Mera Bharat Mahan” are some famous phrases  spoken by some highly respected people describing India. But that is not the whole story. There is a truth starker than this which we need to know. Very few speak about the other side of India; the deep dark face of the vast country.
The other side of India is darker than one can simply imagine. Corrupt political hierarchy is the first thing that comes to mind. But, leaving that aside, let’s talk about the people of India living as a society or many societies at local level.
More than 1.2 billion is the population of India and number of states is 28 and almost every state has its own culture, sub cultures and traditions. If some of these traditions are analyzed properly, some groups are badly marginalized. They face crimes. This increasing crime rate has made their life miserable. Reasons for exploitation of children are varied  in different countries. Indian people's tendency towards superstitions is one of the reasons for crime against children. According to National Human Rights Commission   report released in November 2007, India has witnessed a 4 percent increase in crime against children below 18 years of age.
The states in Northern India like U.P, Bihar, Haryana and even the national capital Delhi have seen increased number of crimes in the last 10 years. At the national level, Delhi had the dubious distinction of leading the kidnapping table of children with such cases rising from 3196 in 2004 to 3518 in 2006 among the children up to 15 years of age. In a particular case from the recent past a 2 year old girl was found in a pile of garbage. She was hospitalized for about 2 months and after undergoing several operations, she eventually died. When investigation progressed, a huge human trafficking case came to light. Buying and selling of her mother and two other siblings in the shameful act in which her brother was sold for just 2,400 rupees. Human trafficking is common in places like Delhi, Rajasthan, U.P, Bihar etc. These inhuman practices are practiced as traditions. In some other parts of India marriage ceremonies are performed in a different way. In a fun fair, if a man gets to like any girl, irrespective of her age and desire, he  puts a “sindoor” on her head and the girl is supposed to be his wife.
It seems that the democracy in India is theoretical rather than practical. It is also true that government, if it wants, can take bold steps to abandon such practices. But actually it is the people who can make the difference.
“Saare Jahan Se Acha” and “Mera Bharat Mahan” like phrases will only sound true when people behave in a matured way. That is the only way to take a nation towards progress. Otherwise the slogans are all hollow.

(Azhar Shafi is a student of Management at Islamic University Awantipore and can be emailed at  shafi_azhar@yahoo.com)

Lastupdate on : Sun, 30 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 30 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 31 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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