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We are shining
pushpanjali | 03 May 2011

The revolutionary economic changes, which came about after 1991 economic crisis, changed the economic face of the country for better.This is not the complete picture. Amidst all these shines we still have a huge section which needs to be polished.

Are we shining?

THEY SAY we are shining but I want to question them ‘are we really shining?’

Do I live in a different India or can I see what they can’t or have they just closed their eyes?

Can’t they see that there are still crores of homeless people dying in the severe cold of winter and burning summer? Can’t they see that there are many who live in streets and pathetic slums? That there are still women; educated and working who are harassed for dowry everyday? That there are villages without electricity, agriculture still depends on monsoon and farmers are committing suicide.
And they say we are shining.

Men smartly sit on the seats reserved for ladies and senior citizens.


We push people to break the queue, bribing is a common practice in the government circle, police fights over ‘whose area it is,’ when an accident victim is lying on the road and bleeding to death, bullock carts and tractors still travels alongside Mercedes and BMW on roads.

Where are we shining?

Yes, we are shining in the malls, PVRs, nightclubs, in the flyovers and the high rises of the metros. The shine is there in the glitz and glamour of high income class living in modern luxuries and getting high salaries. We have certainly come a long way from what we were.

The revolutionary economic changes made after 1991 economic crisis have changed the economic face of the country for better. But this is not the complete picture. Amidst all these shines we still have a huge section which needs to be polished.