August 13, 2018

India and the August Republics

Shankkar Aiyar, Visiting Senior Fellow at IDFC Institute, writes in the New Indian Express on why the lament about India is not what it could not do but what it could but did not do. Excerpts:

 

"It always seems impossible until it’s done—Nelson Mandela August 15, 1947. This week, India will observe 71 years of Independence.

 

Milestones are markers that commemorate how far the nation has travelled. It is an occasion, to paraphrase the legendary Madiba, when one must reflect and remember to celebrate “milestones as we prepare for the road ahead”. So how is India doing?

 

A people convinced by Mahatma Gandhi’s idea fought for freedom. The nation became a republic with the adoption of the Constitution. India adopted an audacious template. At the dawn of independence, barely 20 per cent of the populace was literate and eight of ten persons were below the poverty line. Yet the founding fathers chose universal suffrage. In tribute Indians lived up to the faith and sustained the idea and democracy."

 

Read the full article here.

Topic : State Capacity / In : OP-EDS
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