Denationalisation of India
India is a country of paradoxes. This is the country where you find the whole spectrum of people, right from the those who don’t get two square meals a day to those who can own practically anything that can be bought. With the reforms that came with the 1991 sovereign debt crisis, the economy grew at a breakneck pace. This brought hundreds of millions of people out of poverty, but at the same time created tremendous inequalities in the country.
This made me feel that this might be the side effect of implementating a free market in an unequal country.(I am sure this is too much of a generalisation, but don’t have much to learn from elsewhere in the world, with their rising inequalities) But what I am not okay with is the silent privatisation of government responsibilities that is happening. Have you heard of any country, where normal people hire security guards? Only because the police can’t guarantee public safety either due to incompetence or inability. This leads to a dangerous situation because the poor are left to fend for themselves, while on the other hand the rich live in their protected silos.
Just a glance at the health indicators of the country will put shame to anybody who claims that India has done well. It might as well have, but primary healthcare facilities are too far and too few while the government refuses to spend money on improving public health facilities. As expected anybody who wants to get themselves cured, ends up in a private hospital and with such low penetration of health insurance, the poor are taken for a ride and end up losing most of their hard earned money in getting their dear ones treated.
The thing that pains me the most though is education. I believe education is the greatest equaliser there will ever be, and we have managed to break that too. Right to education even though is a constitutional right is poorly implemented and even worse are the facilities. I barely know of anybody who studied in a government school, and that’s not just considering my social circles but even among the poorer sections where they prefer to send their children to private schools as government schools are just not up to the mark. Which leads to a very dangerous socio-economic trap, where the poor can’t send their children to schools because they are poor and because they aren’t educated they remain poor.
The reason I am writing this is that I live in Noida, a suburb of Delhi. And if you have been totally ignorant, well life is good but if you have been peeking from the rock you were under, Delhi is the most polluted city in the world. We now have the fad of owning air purifiers. We buy machines that purify the air in our houses. As ridiculous as this sounds, we have managed to create the ownership of clean air also a privilege of the rich.
The question that comes up then is not what is going to happen but when there will be a mass awakening and a revolution because this is leading to the buildup of a lot of social stress in the society. Just look at the number of farmer marches etc that are happening.
Let me know what you think!