Dr. V. Shashikanth
In the name of growth, employment and development, the elite class entrepreneurs have made giant strides in terms of personal wealth, Topping the Forbes list with little value or meaning for people around them. We live in a country that is 6th richest in the world but the budget allocated for health is less than some of the big scam that India has witnessed.
We live in a country where the Bhopal gas tragedy victims and the Endosulphan affected kids from Kerala have to still fight for survival and medical care. For lack of resources, a man has to carry or drag the body of his departed wife few kilometers, a mother has to deliver in the hallway.
Corruption rears its ugly head everywhere and the rich who have loan dues of thousands of crores of the loan, live a lavish life abroad but a poor farmer kills himself because he cannot repay a few thousand rupees. Just today I read about a tender worth 2000 crores being awarded to a firm worth just 5 lakhs( pod taxi system). Yet, the elite and powerful enjoy almost total immunity against legal action.
We live in a country where for lack of money, families have to kill their loved ones or abandon them because of huge medical bills. I think, instead of GDP, top 10 richest etc we need to develop the country in a manner that helps the common man and the poor people.
What is our rank in the WEF's inclusive growth index? There are reports of wide economic disparity in the wealthiest country the USA. There are reports of shrinking middle class in the US. In India there are surveys indicating that the middle class of this country is among the poorest class in comparison to many other countries.
I do not feel any pride in this. Jai Hind!
'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
Even this challenging situation would ease