ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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A Beginning Not the End

FIFTY years are obviously not a long period in the life of a nation; but the first 50 years of democratic self- governance are, especially for a country which has traditionally been feudal and monarchic. In that sense, the golden jubilee of India's Independence merits some celebration. But even more, it is an occasion for pondering seriously where we have reached and whither we are bound. Neither our economy nor our polity or society is where it was expected to be, or even where it ought to be to benefit the country's freedom and advancement. The majority of Indians living today, who belong to the post-Independence generations, are perhaps unaware of the dreams their forbears had 50 years ago. They were not any less rosy than those of today's youth; and it would be sobering for the young men and women of today to look back on the country's recent history, and ask why so many of the earlier dreams remain unfulfilled.

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