India is a very vast nation with diverse cultures, languages, customs, religions, castes, creeds and personal appearances. We feel proud that we are a developing nation and have a strong desire to see that we are in Developed Nations Club by 2020. But is it possible? Let us carry out SWOT analysis.
STRENGTHS : We have rich heritage. We have been pioneers in many fields. We have vast land which is mostly fertile. We are blessed with landscape diversely rich in nature which is tourist’s paradise. We are rich with minerals. Our natural resources are in abundance waiting to be tapped properly. We have large intelligent population. We have rich culture with long tested traditions and it has adopted many good traits of other cultures. Our culture has withstood aggressions of many invaders and still survived coming out stronger. We have deep love for our country. We are brave though very tolerant. We have burning desire to be ON TOP again thus getting back our past GLORIOUS STATUS.
WEAKNESSES : Legacy of “ Bakshish “ culture introduced by the British has grown into enormous proportions of CORRUPTION fondly nurtured by our politicians for their vested interests. We are caste & creed conscious. Thinking of majority of population is still confined to regionalism.We do not have one ethnic linking language accepted by one and all. Majority of our population can still get carried away by forceful speeches without any substance by unscrupulous politician who exploit regional and caste issues for their gain. “ Chalta Hai “ attitude of majority unwilling to take a stand to bring out change. Criminalisation of politics. Unfortunately our leaders are not farsighted as they tend to confine to what is there at present or at the maximum only a couple of years hence.
OPPROTUNITIES : It is certain that with our vast resources available including skilled manpower we have capacity to lead in fields of IT, Medicine and number of Technical avenues. It has been stated that many of the skilled personnel in NASA as well as in IT field in USA are of Indian origin.
THREATS : Our biggest threat in not from outside, say our neighbors, but from within. With unlimited number of political parties it is virtually a “ Khichari “. Precious time of our leaders who wish to see India progressing is wasted in placating dissidence within the party. Any dissatisfied member of a party floats another party with a handful of his or her supporters causing undue division of public. Last decade or so we have seen amalgamation of parties forming government at centre with small regional parties with just a handful of MPs holding government to ransom. Regionalist calls given by politicians who feel insecure of their position and wish to strengthen the same without even giving a thought to what harm it is doing to our national integration.
In the Balance Sheet we can safely say that though we have the capacity and will to be ON TOP but manmade hurdles make it very difficult. To overcome these hurdles we need to educate our masses to see the reality. We need to tell these selfish leaders to stop trying to divide India again on regional or religion or caste basis for their vested gains. Let us all vow to BE INDIAN FIRST and anything else later.