India is turning 67 in a couple of days. The largest democracy in the globe has seen a great deal – good as well as bad. From being one of the poorest countries in the world it has risen to a nation of immense opportunities and possibilities. Experts on Economics and Statistics claim that, by 2025, our nation will be the third largest economy in the world, behind USA and China. Being one of the few nations having nuclear weapons, India enjoys enviable influence over smaller nations, especially with SAARC nations. That moment of triumph, once deemed impossible and improbable, is just around the corner.
Many lives were lost and millions jailed to snatch the reins of power from the colonial powers. Courageous men and women marched shoulder to shoulder braving the bullets and natural calamities bestowed on them by the imperial masters. Their perseverance and determination paid off. Tricolour was hoisted atop Viceroy’s house replacing the Union Jack.
The positives of 67th year of independence were many. The Hindu nationalist party stormed into power crushing the grand old party of India. Meanwhile, India got the mandate to host Under-17 FIFA World Cup to be held in 2017. Security agencies were successful in nabbing a few dreaded terrorists who posed serious threats to the unity and integrity of our nation.
For any act or instance of achievement or accomplishment, there will be letdowns too. Corruption has reached unimaginable proportions and Indians are fast losing its faith in the system. Communal clashes are common now and politicians are happy to fish in this muddy water. Gender based crimes are on the rise while inflation threatens to burn a hole the in common men’s pocket.
It is this coexistence of good and bad, devil and angel and love and hate which makes India an exhilarating experience, not just for tourists but residents too.