Bangalore, Aug 23: Bollywood actor Anupam Kher tweeted on Friday that the country was heading towards both moral and financial bankruptcy. A hurt Kher said this after a young journalist was gangraped by five men inside a dilapidated mill building on Thursday evening.
The observation couldn't have been better. A sorry tale is unfolding for the 21st-Century India and what looked to be a promising story, is turning out into one of frustration and disappointment. How much proud we are as a nation, which celebrated its 66 years of independence a week ago?
We speak about empowerment and women and other noble ideals and also aim to emerge into a superpower but on the ground, we lack the direction to fulfil the promises made. There is definitely a problem in our mindset when it comes to perceive things related to the women and economy (we take both for granted) and we end up injuring both.
But the question is: Even after two decades since we chose the path of liberalisation, can't we learn the behaviour and the discipline more suited to the new world that we live in? Can't we treat our economy and women with more care, and particularly at a time that both promise huge potential to fulfil for us?
Our mental baggage and bad economic habits have prevented us from ensuring a safe life for our womenfolk and the economy, respectively. We physically harm the women of the new India who love to dream and can achieve great heights if backed while stifle the economy of new India by means of the subsidisation model. Is this how a nation aspiring to be among the frontrunners on the world stage behave?
The problem has been our ill-planned evolution as an 'open society'. The incomplete democratisation that our society has undergone (politically we are, socio-economically we are yet to) has created a 'half-yes-half-no' model in which it is difficult to separate the good from the evil.
While we have over-fulfilled the aspirations of some section, we have left another from grabbing a place in the sun and leaving both as a danger for the society and economy.
Solution? Not easy to find and even if found, who is going to implement it? At the moment, our leaders are too busy bickering among themselves.