India has several instances of each of the above, where Indians tend to only trust, collaborate and empathize with people who share their religious, ethnic or class identity. For a diverse nation that has millions of minorities, this paucity of social capital is debilitating. British writer and scientist Matt Ridley has propounded the idea that human society progresses when “ideas have sex”—the free exchange of ideas between different communities is vital to the advancement of a society. Given India’s insulated fragmentation along various fault-lines, this becomes particularly challenging for our society.
The substantial poverty that India has been suffering from since decades is another major social issue that doesn’t seem to recede any time soon. As the adage goes, “India is a rich country with poor people”, wealth in India is concentrated in the hands of a fraction of the population. No wonder, the streets of the country are lined with shanties and people living on the footpath.
Swachhata Bharat Yojna
A developing nation or an underdeveloped nation? Whatsoever you categorize it into- it is and always will be my nation.
It pains my heart to see all the flaws it has. The list of its deficiencies is unending- poverty, illiteracy, inequality, bureaucracy, corruption, unawareness, stringent mind-set, want of male child, the never ending Hindu-Muslim conflicts, insecurity of females, the rote education system, unemployment etc. The very core of India has blemishes and it seems that it can never get rid of it. Every possible approach has been implemented and has successfully failed at its very initial phase. Will India ever be the India of my dreams?
Water and sanitation in India’s slums
A couple of years back we met a lady in a slum in Delhi. She had recently taken out a loan for a water and sanitation project: constructing a toilet. She told us that her family had lived in the same slum for nearly 20 years but had never thought of building a toilet in their home. This made us curious, and we became eager to understand why after so many years of using community toilets or practicing open defecation, she’d finally decided to invest in a toilet of her own. Her response was simple. “No girl is willing to marry my son unless I have a toilet in my house, so this has made my son more eligible.”
Bhushan's Study Circle
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