Arun Maira of BCG India is a much respected person and his ideas for India and her development can be heard at almost all the forums that he graces. I have read his book Remaking India: One Country, One Destiny. In his book he draws upon his experiences at Tata Motors and Little Arthur to give us insights. Today I read his article How the Youth will shape India" in Economic Times.
The beauty of experience and knowledge is that it helps a person explain even the most complex of issues in minimum words, using even lesser jargon.
We are all aware that Indians are being mentioned in almost all lists of rich individuals and companies. The purchasing power of the middle class and all classes above has increased and is increasing. Providing a stark contrast is an even larger chunk of population that lives at sustenance or below sustenance levels of poverty. For all this noise about equitable growth and demographic dividend, the following figures do send shivers down the spine of any person concerned about our India’s future.
"India has 20% of the world’s children : but it also has 40% of the world’s malnourished children. Since 45% of Indian children (a number higher than most African countries) are malnourished and likely to grow up with health issues later in life, and since over 50% of Indian children do not have an adequate education, a large proportion of Indian children are unlikely to be the productive assets they are presumed to be in those estimates."
Maira gives examples of Mahatma Gandhi, Gordon Gecko (of the movie Wall Street) and Guru (the character of Abhishek Bachan in the Mani Ratnam Movie of the same name) and asks us - the youth – which one of them would we emulate in our lives. Do read the article here.