youngster asked me some penetrating questions - the answers
to which are applicable to all Indians:
When you are asking these youngsters to make a significant
personal and financial sacrifice by asking them to work for
the nation's cause - what is it that you are offering them
in return? Are they at least assured of a fair and reasonable
chance of success?
2. What are the goals and objectives for this nation? They
are humble enough to realize that they can't set the agenda
for this country - It is for India and Indians to set their
own agenda - The pan Indian community and the Indian Diaspora
can at best be facilitators for what India wants to achieve.
They are very concerned about ambiguity of objectives and
clarity of means.
To many youngsters of his generation, the size of India's
problems are precisely its attraction. The chance of creating
a first class school system for millions of kids, the challenge
of designing a world class primary health system to serve
a billion people, an opportunity to set policies in agricultural
and industrial sectors to facilitate creation of 10 million
new jobs every year, - the challenges and opportunities are
question is do we here in India view these issues as challenges
or problems? Are we open enough to recognize that there is
talent and expertise available with us - here or abroad -
which can facilitate transformation of India? Are we willing
to offer ourselves at least a fair chance at succeeding?
youngster also asked another penetrating question? What is
India's track record in treating reformers? Do we give them
a fair chance or do we persecute them? Their generation understands
that the government is a means to an end and needs to create
an institutional framework to facilitate and encourage agents
of transformation and change.
world cannot and will not give up on a billion people either
that easily or casually. There are many passionate Indians
who are willing to labour for transforming ourselves into
a modern thriving society. It is up to us to make the best
use of this talent and fulfil our potential. If we fail to
take good care of a milch cow, the cow will stop yielding
milk; and we will be the losers. Talent and commitment to
public good are qualities which need to be treasured and nurtured.