Shall resources be deployed for the growth of the country, or shall they be utilized for the border security - a vital question that can only be handled by a skilled administrator. It was remarkable to observe Mr. Narendra Modi’s participation with the armed forces of India and the encouragement that he extends.
While we all talk
about raising the GDP, living standards, monthly wages, and domestic
prosperity, we forget about the key driving factor of any nation-
‘Security’. What shall then be the approach of the administrator
of the state? Let us discuss this aspect briefly and come down to a
India could have
attained better growth rate and productivity in case the East India
Company did not dump foreign goods in India, and take away vital
resources and production. The produce of India
was exported at
throwaway prices and was re imported at elevated rates for
consumption in India. And almost everything that could have added to
the permanent assets of the country was taken away.
What helped the
British to develop such an extraordinary control in Indian affairs?
It is quite clear that domestic prosperity would serve no purpose
unless the produce and the borders are safeguarded.
talks about the illicit plan of Al-Qaida with a view to freeing
Kashmir from India's control. Now, shall we only look forward to a
leader who should work towards enhancing the productivity, or a
leader who should also protect the residents and the land from any
foreign invasion? Surely, equitable prominence will have to be
accorded to both.
We appreciate when
RBIs announce the lowering of interest rates and enhancing of caps on
foreign investment; however when it comes to honoring the
administrator’s decision of elevating the defense budget, or for
that matter Section 370, we are rarely attentive.
While thinking of
the inflated prices of commodities, we rarely pay heed to the illegal
detention of the Indian soldiers by foreign nations. We are
interested to know the pay scale of jobs in the private and
government sector; however no one seems bothered to know the pay
scale of the Indian armed forces.
And, it is sad to
note that the urban youth never anticipates being a part of the armed
forces and is lured to striking paybacks and perquisites of private
jobs. Quite often, we disregard the policemen and presuppose their
participation in unlawful acts. Change and that too in depth has to
take place sooner than later.
It is evident that
the country’s development is not secured unless deployment of funds
and personnel for the safekeeping of borders. The inapt and sloppy
outlook of the past governments discouraged the armed forces; however
encouraged terrorists and external agencies to assume vulnerability
of India towards violence and assault. The new Prime Minister has
certainly boosted the buoyancy of forces and has passed over a tough
message to extremists as well as rebellious countries. Balance will
be the key to manage internal growth as well as security. And, equal
involvement is desirable from the community for the sake of India’s
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A Chartered Accountant by profession and Director on the board of Punjab National Bank (PNB), General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC) and Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC). Dr. Sunil Gupta is working flawlessly for the economic and social prosperity of India.