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Group Discussion: India is progressing at the expense of the poor

Aug 7, 2014 16:40 IST

    Progress is a process of development and it is something that everyone seeks to achieve and attain in all respects and spheres of life.

    When we talk about a nation then its progress is the first thing or factor that comes in everyone’s mind due to:

    a) Progress defines development.
    b) Progress inculcates power.
    c) Progress incorporates prosperity and superiority.

    Now precisely talking about India, our nation has seen a tremendous change in the last 6 decades. Development and progress is what has made India a developing nation.

    Progress means:

    a) Infrastructural development.
    b) Improvement in literacy rates.
    c) Lowering down the inflation rates.
    d) Eradicating terrorism and poverty.
    e) Bringing an overall peace and prosperity.
    f) Managing power and resources.
    g) Becoming Global.
    h) An overall political and sociological balance.

    But if we give a closer look at the way India is progressing, we may find that it is done at the expense of poor people and the evidences are as follows:

    1. Abandonment of poor people: Poor people are abandoned from their huts and homes and lands in the name of development. Buildings, roads, railway tracks are constructed everywhere in the name of development but there is hardly any compensation for all those poor people who are abandoned from their soil and residents.

    2. Exploitation at sites and work place: Now a days, various projects of infrastructural development like road building, conversion of single to 6 lanes, extension of railway tracks, malls, complexes, buildings, metro tracks etc are in operation and for that the contractors choose labours from villages who are very poor and can’t earn their livelihood otherwise and hence get ready to work even at a much lesser daily wages. And exploitation of poor leads to even more poverty.

    3. No developmental plans and projects for eradicating poverty: Every year many plans and projects are made but hardly there comes any reform to eradicate poverty from India.

    4. Inflation: Every now and then inflation hits the nation and that badly affects the poor people.

    On the contrary, if we see the other aspect, development has diminished poverty:

    1) Development is for one and all: India being a nation of over 100 crores of population seeks development and progress for one and all. The government never thinks the way that let the rich and the middle income groups prosper and leave the poor people aside. Development is for all.

    2) Progress aids poor to come forth and increase the standard of living: In the process of progress many schemes and reforms are also generated that allows poor people to avail various facilities and raise their standard of living.

    3) Increased opportunities of employment and mobility towards Urban life from rural life: Due to developmental plans and projects the poor and destitute get chance to earn their livelihood and move towards a much better urban life thereby increasing the chances of prosperity and employment. So, poverty is in fact countered.

    So we see in one way or the other Indian development and progress has both the views and opinions saying it’s eradicating poverty as well as perpetuating the same but the biggest thing to understand is the fact that it is leading the entire nation towards a developed nation from a developing nation and hence such upheaval are to occur for a certain time being but then we must unite and come together to become a super powerful nation taking into account that it must not be by any means at the expense of the poor.

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