August 15, 2005

Mr. President!


Image Courtesy: www.presidentofindia.com

"I will not be presumptuous enough to say that my life
can be a role model for anybody; but some poor child
living in an obscure place in an underprivileged
social setting may find a little solace
in the way my destiny has been shaped.
It could perhaps help such children liberate themselves
from the bondage of their illusory
backwardness and hopelessness"
-A P J Abdul Kalam, Hon'ble President of India
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The photo that you are seeing (above) is the people's affection for the President of India. And, in every part of India, he is well-respected and popular (particularly, among kids!). As another independence day special speech is about to be delivered by him, let us revisit at his last year's speech and see what has been accomplished so far (by us!).

I freely pick four important points his talk centred around.

1. Education: After the launch of EDUSAT - a first of its kind satellite for education, now we can say quality experts and teachers can extend their reach to remote rural villages through 'tele-education'. Yet, the content creation (educational materials to support) needs a big boost.

2. External Relations: The rise of India as a ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) giant has certainly pulled the eyes of US, Australian, European investors towards our country. Also, this economic shift is going to improve our external political ties with every other nation in the world. No nation can afford to ignore India!

3. Water Management: Still we are struggling in this area. Though, we have the expertise and scientific tools (Communication satellites!), what we lack is some useful and relevant application to the grassroot level. Water shortage, Flooding in the cities can be managed with the current expertise and a strong political will.

4. Employment: The education system fundamentally needs a basic re-structuring. We create students who come out of universities to look for 'that elusive job'. We should create more opportunities to enable them to become employers (entrepreneurs). Some schemes have to be worked out in collaboration with financial institutions and venture-capitalists to encourage such investments.

Lot of things have to be done.
It all starts with a change in our mindset!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes, things need to be done. But, where do we start?

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