August 15 has a special place in the hearts of every Indian- for it was on that day in 1947 that India gained Independence. The memorable words of the Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru in his ” tryst with destiny ” speech are known only too well.

61 years later we have much to be proud of. In the early 50’s, India was clearly struggling to find  her feet. Poverty was wide spread. 50 years later we saw a new India. There has been very significant economic progress. Literacy and longevity have increased.

Employment far exceeding earlier decades provides a stable income for India’s teeming millions. Overall the standard of living has gone up substantially, especially in the towns and cities.

On the negative side, politics has become a worse mess than before. In an age of coalition governments, it has become increasingly common for political parties to throw values out of the window to buy votes and ensure continuity in power. The low standards of parliamentary debate and procedure make us marvel sometimes as to how we have hung on as a democracy- one of the world’s largest in fact.

Spare a thought on this auspicious day for the young men who guard our borders. Not for them the comfort of hearth and home as they stand watch on barren mountain peaks- ever ready to defend their Motherland. Let not another Kargil take place.

Small drops of water, an ocean make. Irrespective of whether we are in Government or private enterprise, whether we are students, business executives, agriculturists or entrepreneurs- if each one of us resolves to live in a way in which we contribute to the betterment of our country, we can ensure a far more prosperous and happy future for our nation.

Jai Hind!

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This is Post No: 256 of the “A Step A Day” series : To provide perspective and provoke thought to facilitate self-development across a wide spectrum of issues- big and small- crucial for executive success.