India is an emerging economy Infrastructure deficit is a major impediment in

India is an emerging economy infrastructure deficit

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India is an emerging economy. Infrastructure deficit is a major impediment in India’s economic progress. The dream of fully developed infrastructure should not let us sleep. We need world class roads, railway, ports, airports and uninterrupted power supply and telecommunication that is cheap, fast and reliable. All these are important to improve the productivity and quality of life of the Indians. Better infrastructure promotes
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GS SC O RE Hints: UPSC Mains 2015 Essay [65] industrialization, trade and commerce on the one hand and improves the quality of life. For example better supply of electricity will positively impact production and transport and also the quality of life of masses as most modern goods that make life easier and entertainment readily available need electricity like TV, washing machines, radio, refrigerator, etc. Consumption of Power is directly proportional to the Quality of Life and every Indian often dream of a time when India would be able to generate so much energy that, like US citizens, Indians will face no power-cuts. Another dream that should not let us sleep is the realization of benchmarks of good governance. India should become a corruption free country where there is utmost transparency and accountability in all the institutions and activities. The realization of all our dreams depends crucially on good governance. Transparency and accountability would stop the misuse of public funds. People will get their genuine grievances redressed within a given time frame. The development projects would meet their time schedules. Various welfare programmes would be implemented faster and without any loopholes. Indians should stand up together in respect of constitution, rule of the law and comply with various rules and regulations. This is a dream that should not let us sleep. In a densely populated country where more than a billion people are pursuing their dreams with all their might needs discipline and care for the institutions and their rules. Otherwise the country will turn into a jungle and life into a chaos. No doubt we still have ‘promises to keep and miles to go…’ We still face the challenges of poverty, diseases, illiteracy, inequality, social backwardness and gender and caste discrimination and oppression. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said that daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game. There is no ground for pessimism or resignation, for frustration or lack of pride. India has impressive achievements to its credit in the economic and political arena. The major reason for our optimism lies in our belief that a vibrant democracy like India can find the solutions for these problems. William Dement said, “Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.” He says that sometimes this insanity can be fruitful and sometimes very infectious and sometimes very delectable and delicious. It is in many ways necessary for a country like India to be insane and dream as it is a bigger crime not to dream than to dare to dream. Israelmore Ayivor rightly says, “Until you get enough of enough,
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