A chill ran down my spine as I barged-in on this land after 16 yrs, with a box of my Dad’s ashes. Sooner than the nostalgic aura could impinge me, my ego disgusted on Dad’s last wish to be flew in the Ganges.
How finicky I had been about this place, INDIA.
Waiting for my luggage at the airport, I sat on a chair. A child next to me was engrossed in reading the newspaper, to which I peeked in and murmured in mordancy, “Aahh! This developing country will never make-a-fortune!”
He gave me an excruciating glance, “Sir, do you know India’s GDP grew this year by 17.8%?”
I gave a void gesture.
He continued, “India ranks 1st in farm output and 2nd largest agricultural exporter. 83.5% of rural areas have been developed in infrastructure with reliable water and electric supplies featuring add on of 150000 MW.
Indian literacy rate scaled to 94.73% while malnutrition depressed to 21%. Unemployment stats abated to 3.4%. Urbanization escalated to 38.7% and outwits as 4th best corruption perception index scorer in the world.
ITU projects major phase of 6G technology by Q3 this year. ISRO’s PSLV-C38 Rocket puts into orbit record 33 satellites and launches INSAT -5DR.
Numerous running metros, rail and solar plant projects; Agni VIII and Prithvi V have been launched successfully.”
He breathed in assent and I was jaw-struck. He then stood up in jounce, giving me a brazen look,
Child: “I got to leave Sir. By the way, India is no more a developing country, it stands 1among the 53developed ones today. And I am Krishna, heading to The States to represent my INDIA in International Mathematical Olympiad.
He left soon, but what he actually left was a mirage in my heart of what late Dr. Kalam visioned 2decades back. That, this is INDIA 2020!!