//Problems with Indian Development model

Problems with Indian Development model

In most countries, the idealism of foreign policy is closely connected to the incumbent political party. Although the same holds true for India, there seems to be a close connection between every foreign policy of every government towards non-alignment. Many policies from different political parties have no concrete stance of political idealism, hence it seems like the politicians themselves have no concrete stance. The epitome of this statement is seen through Modi’s campaign.
The campaign of the first term was marked by promises of growth in the business sectors while the second term campaign focused on highlighting benefits given to the economically backward classes. Although it is seen that as days progress there is seemingly a clear division between the left and the right but the conservatives of India themselves are conserving values idealised by the left in the past.
Growing out of such a dilemma itself shows India maturing as a democracy. Although the clear divisional identity between left and right does not serve any good to the people directly, it surely indicates India qualifying to become a democratic powerhouse with institutions defending the same.

With blind trust in democratic values, India is now experiencing a transformation in every sector possible, a transformation that is also marked by growing payscale inequality, unemployment, large demography and many people being deprived of basic human amenities. Development in its definition is symbolised by upliftment, whether it be of the poor or the already uplifted but a development that is sustainable and compounding needs to be aimed at uplifting the poor and needy till they reach the stable ground along with the already established ones. Until India has proper political education, this development will always have its loopholes and the people taking advantage of these loopholes will always be there, and the general public won’t feel oneness with their greater identity. People feel India, but their wallets never feel the same, yet the ones who lick Anglo boots reap all the benefits. The ideological problem of India is very contradictory. People need to feel connected with their one identity, and the only alleged identity which connects the whole nation can also incite division.

Does that mean India can never truly be united? The simple answer is no. People might tell it’s patriotism and desiness that drives the nation, but on a ground-level what actually drives India is what benefits it gives out to the people. If people of Kashmir don’t feel enough as Indians, you will have to make sure economic benefits reach them, but the lack of nationalism among Kashmiris itself makes the above very difficult as no one would pledge credibility towards money they don’t even feel worthy of, by definition, thus resulting in corruption. Although it is not the main reason for corruption, it is one of many.

To conclude, development in India isn’t an easy affair, be it politics between states, lack of credibility from politicians and alleged leaders or corruption. To sustainably develop India, we need to have a fundamentalistic change in the view of what constitutes India. And who we are as Indians, it’s a cyclical issue. The more we try to incite equality, the more unequal it gets and as more unequal it gets the less credibility of the bureaucracy results in less economic benefit and thus less oneness towards the nation itself.