Reflect on what the country needs to improve and prosper
By Sunita Menon Senior Reporter
Published: 18:05 January 26, 2014
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Clockwise from top right: Ashok Kumar, Paras Shahdadpuri and Himani Simwal
Dubai: Lack of good governance and rampant corruption hinder the growth of India, said Indians living in the UAE.
Despite these concerns an estimated 2 million Indians celebrated the 65th Republic Day across the UAE yesterday.
Pupils who were seen holding the Indian flag also had something to say on why the largest democracy in the world is not able to sustain its growth.
“I will blame the political parties. They do nothing but wash each other’s dirty laundry in public. Some of them play politics of caste while others play the politics of religion. All they want is to get into power but not one of them thinks of what India requires. All these old politicians should be replaced by young guns willing to take the risk of bringing about good governance,” said Priyanka Agnihotri, a grade 9 pupil.
Agreeing with what Agnihotri had to say, Himani Simwal, an interior designer, wants to see eradication of corruption from the grass-roots level. She said: “I love my country but I am simply scared to go back. Why? Well there is so much corruption. The other aspect that I would like to see in India change is lack of planning. I recently visited China and was impressed by how they have planned their infrastructure. Is it so difficult to do that in a country like India where we have all the resources, brains and the talent to get it done?”
She was all praise for the law and order situation in the UAE and said that she feels safer here than in India. She said: “I am not an Arab, not a Muslim but still I am safe here.”
Ashok Kumar, chief executive officer, Indian High School, said that he would like see transparency and integrity in political parities. “The other thing that I would like to see happening in India is good governance.”
Calling India a vibrant democracy which does not shy from experimenting, Paras Shahdadpuri, president of the Indian Business and Professional Council, said: “We find Indian democracy functional but it requires more discipline in party politics so that we can establish good governance. It is important that political parties put their house in order and give tickets to candidates who are of high integrity. This will make India corruption-free. I also feel that we should come out of populist policy.”