The educated people of the nation have proved their mettle at home and abroad. We have proved our might in science and technology. Industries are excelling and so also individual entrepreneurs and professionals, barring the past few years due to the global meltdown and internal regression. Nevertheless it is one side of the coin that shines at home and in the global arena. It is this side of coin that the economic pundits and fortune tellers rely on to predict India will be a superpower by 2050. The author wants this wishful forecast to come true.
What worries the author and many of his kind is the other side of the coin that forms the bulk of our country: 86 percent, or more than 100 crore impoverished people (Table 2.9 (II) and clippings 14, 14A, 17, 19, 20, 24, and more). There are similar numbers of illiterates or semi-literates (Chapter 8.5). It is logical that those who are educated (only 14 percent or about 18 crore) of our populace are usually capable of treading their path to success. Not those who remain un-educated or semi-educated.
The author is concerned about this side of the coin; swaggering with the success of merely 14 percent makes little sense. Surely, we, as concerned people, cannot play ostrich to the 86 percent part of the coin.
The perennial failures of our governments to address these strata of our country continue unabated as researched, analysed and put forward through this book. This is despite enormous and ever-rising quotas and reservations (in jobs and education), various kinds of economic and social reliefs in forms of NREGA, mid-day meals, farmers’ loan waivers, Rojgar Yojnas, subsidies on loans, electricity and ridiculously low prices for food items like wheat and rice, food security bills, and other dole-outs to alleviate poverty. Reliefs and dole-outs are eating into our resources, but the plight of the impoverished
refuses to improve. In fact it is worsening as per new finds of the NSSO (clipping 73A). It is suggestive of the fact that our governments (Legislature and Executive) are not able to address the maladies ailing the nation in real terms. The World Bank has also expressed similar views of India's Fundamental Raights(clipping 8D).
Moreover, all relief measures are indicative of economic slavery and lack of liberty, and are tantamount to gross human rights violations (HRVs). This is because there is a lack of the creation of opportunities and avenues to earn their living in a natural and dignified way. Reliefs and reservations belittle human self-esteem and dignity and violate our basic objectives. United Nations terms this practice “regressive measures which impede the Constitutional goal”3 as described under Section 4.1
(II). It is strictly incumbent upon the State to create conditions and avenues (for the development of the nation) rather than consistently resorting to charities and dole-outs that are conspicuous compulsions of perennial under-development, and a testimony of poor governance.