I came across a contest on HarperCollins India for Ten ideas for the next twenty years of India and was tickled enough to bring out my own list, but after completion I realised that mine were not ‘ideas’ but what I thought were catalysts for change. So instead of submitting the list to the contest, I have posted it here. Feel free to comment, debate and share your ideas.
1. Pass the Lokpal Bill
Self-explanatory. The biggest problem our country filled with potential is facing is graft and political anarchy. I take the liberty of calling it anarchy because a nation run by money-laundering rascals, misogynists and religious criminals with no vision or desire to serve the people is fit to be called anarchy (and I do not single out any political party here. One is worse than the other).
2. Treat eve-teasing as a criminal offence awarded with heavy fine or imprisonment
This includes self-appointed moralists who take it upon themselves to beat up women because they do not fit their bill of ‘Indian culture’. It’s high time someone taught these bastards some culture. A heavy fine and imprisonment might go a long way in curbing the animalistic, sex-deprived street behaviour of Indian men and give women the courage to lodge complaints.
3. Make rape and marital rape non-bailable offences awarded with life imprisonment and revealing a rape victim’s identity a criminal offence
Rape laws in India are chauvinistic at best and so moderate a hardened rapist could easily slip through their grasp. A tough sentence could act as a deterring force.
4. Make sex-education compulsory in all schools
I cannot stress this enough. The moral police could go fly a kite in the filth of their own ignorance and patriarchal tribal values.
5. Make it impossible for a candidate with criminal records to contest elections and set a minimum educational bar of a graduate degree to contest state and national assemblies
Education does not mean knowledge but it does go a long way in opening up the mind to the world and better representation of an emerging India.
6. Introduce a benefit scheme for small-time farmers and BPL families providing them a (realistic) monthly package of money/ration and free education for the children
This might have been thought of and implemented ‘on paper’ but it’s time India tagged along the poorest of the poor and the farmers who feed us on the path of progress and of course their children have a birth-right to education. Considering the amount of tax payer’s money being hoarded in Swiss banks, we can afford this.
7. Implement a ‘One child only’ rule
Controversial, yes; against individual rights, yes but it’s the need of the hour if India has any hope of limiting the population explosion.
8. Build world-class training facilities for rural, athletic and national sports (basically all other sports side-lined by cricket) in every district
Refer to my post India at the London Olympics
9. Build enough public toilets or provide portable loos and make public-urination and littering an offence that will be heavily fined
Self-explanatory. It’s time we stopped ignoring the mess around us and got working.
10. Metro links in all Tier 1 cities, High speed rails connecting the country with on-board loos that do not open on to the tracks
Yes, Indian Railways is a profit-making entity and operates a huge fleet but if you think about the population Vs transport infrastructure ratio we are way behind optimal facilities. And the loos well, haven’t we all pinched our noses shut within a kilometre radius of railway tracks?
Now I am well aware that this list does not cover everything that can be done for a better India. I have not mentioned the dire need for us to stop being IT service slaves of the West and the need for entrepreneurship (but you can read my thought on the topic here) or Caste and Religious issues or environmental concerns. I would also like to write in length on gender inequality and women’s issues in our country in another post, another day, till then I think this will do. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂