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Illiteracy: A curse on humankind
Illiteracy is a termite that has the potential to cripple the most powerful of the nations of the world. Unfortunately for India, it is a persistent problem. Despite government's many efforts, about seven million children are still out of schools.

IT IS a paradox for the country of the Vedas, the land of wisdom, that its seven million children are still out of schools, wandering as street dwellers and beggars. According to the United Nations Development Project 2006 report, India has a very large number of illiterates. It is a slap on the face of all government efforts like Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, National Literacy Mission, Janshala and Operation Blackboard etc.

Despite all the claims of the government, literacy in India is only 64.84 per cent and rest of the Indians are still doomed with the curse of illiteracy; consequently, they are caught up in vicious circle of poverty, unemployment and hunger. Illiteracy is like a curse on mankind. This is to say that, the more the illiterate people in the country, the harder it will be for the country to develop. This fact can be clarified as all the developed countries like America and Canada have very low illiteracy rates, whereas countries like India, Turkey, Iran have a very high rate of illiteracy.

Whenever government talks of making India a developed nation, it should keep in mind that without literacy their efforts in every field would be an unarmed combat. Literacy empowers the citizen of the country with weapons of rational thinking, liberty, cohesiveness and mutual understanding. Literacy is a big force in alienating undemocratic forces and social and economic problems like terrorism, communalism etc.

No doubt everywhere in the country, political leaders are great mass movers and they have the potential to change the system. So, they should move the Indian masses towards the light of literacy. It is rightly said that action delayed is action denied. The government should start an effectual illiteracy eradication programme as soon as possible, and try to curb this curse of illiteracy from the Indian society.

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