We have been listening, using and in fact believing in the phrase ‘Ye Naya India Hai’ very often now lately. As an Indian I am always proud of my country. However, it was not long ago that India and Indians were considered nothing more than snake charmers and elephant tamers. The journey for India to move from being a backward third world country to attaining politically important position in global diplomacy. We have come a long way in 73 years of independence.
There are few reasons to how perception about India as a country has changed, in the western world as well as in the eyes of Indians themselves.
Talking about numbers, we have ranked up in many indexes. Like India jumped to 63rd position in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business 2020 report, we were on rank 142 just 6 years back.
We have also improved our ranking in World Travel and Tourism Competitiveness index from 65 in 2013 to 34 in 2019.
Profound shifts in politics and policy, in diplomacy and digitization and even in arts has helped India take this new appealing posture.
Swachh Bharat Mission:
It was dream of the father of our Nation that our country gets cleaned up. I remember as a child, people used to say our country is so unclean, look at Switzerland, look at foreign countries they are so clean. It was said that making India clean was impossible.
There were two reasons for it, first there were no resources for people to use. Neither washrooms nor dustbins were available on roads and public places. The ones they were constructed, were unclean and not maintained well. Secondly, people were not motivated or inspired to take responsibility and make a change.
With Swachh Bharat Mission, both these things have been taken care of. With consistent effort from people and administration, we will have a cleaner India.
Push for Digital India:
Digitization has gained great momentum in India. The push from government and acceptance by people has really made our transactions and contactless lives during COVID19 is commendable.
Payments and Shopping:
As the infrastructure in India is ready for digital transactions, life became convenient. Right from banking services, online shopping to even doing digital payments to local vendors make the transactions fast.
Most of the government transactions are also happening online. Conventional offices like RTO, PF are now one click away. I am vocal and confident about these two specially as its my personal experience last year. No queue, no waiting time. My work at RTO as well as PF office happened way faster and transparent than expected, plus as everything was online, so neither I needed an Agent or has to give any money without receipt to anyone.
Everything from Home:
Thanks God that we already had great network connections, 4G and Wi-Fi. That the operations of work from home and school from home are functioning smoothly since last 6 months or more. BharatNet, is a government Wi-Fi service. Currently reached 48000 villages. So, efforts of government to make digital villages is commendable.
Once PM Modi said “I was impressed to see how a young girl from the snake-charmer community was literally charming the mouse and making the most of Digital India. It is equally heartening to see how youth in villages are leveraging Wi-Fi and digital tools to help in clearing competitive exams.”
Defence and Space Research:
Last couple of years India has made a permanent mark in history of Space research, Mars Mission was the pioneer in it.
With Rafael, light-weight mountain friendly tanks and many such new things have been added to the might of Indian defence forces. India has never done the first attack on any country, but adding muscle and covert operations like Uri reflects political intent and gives a strong image out for the country.
Making India Atmanirbhar, reducing imports and increasing Make in India is making a strong infrastructure backbone for India. Presence of MNC’s in India has shot up.
When I saw namaste London more than a decade back in 2007, the speech Actor Akshay Kumar gave about India and its achievement, gave me Goosebumps and instilled pride about my country. Today after a decade we have came a long road and achieved many more milestones.
Happy Independence Day to every Indian. Let’s contribute in building our country stronger and mightier.