On 15th August 1947, India was freed from the clutches of the unjust British rule. The bravery of our freedom fighters like Bhagat Singh, Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan , and the sacrifices of the likes of Mahatma Gandhi got the result of their efforts.
As we celebrate our Independence day in 2012, and feel proud of the progress that we have made as a nation, let us reflect on some of the hurdles that we need to overcome to fulfil the dreams of making India truly a great nation.
Poverty: Poverty is one of the main issues. In 2011, World Bank stated, 32.7% of the total Indian people falls below the international poverty line of US$ 1.25 per day (PPP) while 68.7% live on less than US$ 2 per day.1 . Proper measures need to be taken by the Indian Government to uplift the poor sections of the society. I feel that the present economic system that is based on interest helps in increasing the gap between the rich and the poor. India needs to consider an interest free economic system, that which God legislated, which would help in decreasing this gap. The society needs to be more charitable as God has commanded us in His final revelation.
Policy of Divide and Rule: British government followed the policy of divide and rule. Sadly, after independence, some of the political parties of our free India continue to follow the same policy. Some of our politicians deliberately sow hatred and misinformation between people of different faiths in order to get their vote banks and come to power. If India has to progress further, this needs to be stopped. The people of India need to make sure that such politicians don’t come in power and their strategies should fail. We, the citizens of India, should not fall prey to their evil plots, but should look for ways of better understanding and living like a community. There should be interfaith dialogues for better understanding of religions.
Freedom of Religion: Although India is a secular state, yet there have been instances where if a person has decided to change his or her faith, he/she had to face a lot of problems. DIET had co-organised a ‘Why Conversion’ conference that deals with the issue when churches were attacked2 . In some instances, people who have converted to Islam have also been victimized3. The point is that proper measures need to be taken to allow freedom of religion.
Safety for Women: Safety for women has been an issue of concern in modern India. I believe that the punishment for molestation and rape needs to be more severe. Islamic law of death penalty for rapist has been successful in reducing the crime rate in other countries. We also need to consider the death penalty law for rapist in India. Modest clothing and lowering of gaze will also help in reducing the crimes against women.
These are some of the issues of concern. If we can solve these problems, we can look forward for a better Indian Nation.