TOWARDS NEW INDIA

Editorial GREATER JAMMU

GJ

As the nation celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Quit India movement that led ultimately to freedom in 1947, it is time to conduct introspection and reformulate the nation’s priorities as per the contemporary needs. Though we succeeded in establishing a robust democracy in India but the nation continues to be afflicted with corruption, caste based discrimination, poverty and last but not the least terrorism. Therefore it is in the interest of the nation and its people that a movement be initiated with same enthusiasm and vigour as that of the Independence struggle to achieve the target of corruption-free, caste based discrimination free, poverty-free, terrorism-free clean India. It needs to be recalled that while celebrating the 75th Anniversary in 2017 with great enthusiasm, a programme named “Sankalp se Siddhi- the attainment through resolve 2017-22” was launched. This mega campaign pledged to build new India by 2022 calling everyone to pledge together towards Clean India, Poverty–free India, Corruption-free India, Terrorism-free India, Communalism-free India, and Casteism-free India. While the government at centre launched multiple initiatives in this regard, the state governments also responded to such initiatives with equal enthusiasm and vigour so that the target of creating a ‘New India’ by 2022 could be achieved with unprecedented success. However, it needs to be acknowledged that though a lot has been achieved in this regard, yet much more needs to be done in this direction. It is necessary that while saluting all those who participated in the historic Quit India Movement in 1942 under the leadership of father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi let every Indian take inspiration from the great movement and its torch bearers and work relentlessly for creating a ‘New India’. Over seven decades after the great movement, today the nation is faced with issues which are entirely different besides being a threat to the nation and its people’s welfare. It is a fact that despite the government making strenuous efforts it is not possible to achieve desired results without active individual level participation in cleansing the society of the afflicted evils that were left behind by the colonial rulers. After all it is the duty of every individual to contribute something for the nation of which he or she is part and parcel. Today there is a need to conduct a serious analysis of the progress made under the ‘Sankalp Se Siddhi’ campaign and initiate measures to rejuvenate it. It needs to be ensured that every anniversary of the Quit India Movement celebrations alongwith with the pledges taken across the nation should not be allowed to remain a mere ritual but the sense of a belonging for the nation should be invoked and maintained by every stakeholder by acting positively and progressively 24X7 for the betterment of the nation. As PM Modi has already urged the people to make a ‘New India’, let all the citizens of this nation now work shoulder to shoulder to create the India that our freedom fighters would be proud of.