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India grows younger at sixty

"If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have in the beginning" these are the golden quotes by Mahatma Gandhi, which I truly believe.

This year India is celebrating its sixty year of independence. Here are some facts about India, which I thought of sharing with all.

With an estimated population of 1.12 billion, India is the world's second most populous country and is expected to be the most populous by 2030. With the world's 12th largest economy at market exchange rates and the 3rd largest in purchasing power, India has made rapid economic progress after independence. India maintains the third largest military force in the world, which consists of the Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force. Auxiliary forces such as the Paramilitary Forces, the Coast Guard, and the Strategic Forces Command also come under the military's purview.

Foreign exchange reserves have risen from US$5.8 billion in March 1991 to US$208 billion in June 2007. With a GDP growth rate of 9.4% in 2006-07, the Indian economy is among the fastest growing in the world. India's GDP in terms of USD exchange-rate is US$1,103 billion. India has the world's fourth largest GDP at US$4.156 trillion. India's per capita income (nominal) is $979, ranked 128th in the world, while its per capita (PPP) of US$3,700 is ranked 118th.

Well does that mean India is successful ?

Well success has different interpretations. For me India breaking out of the shackles and becoming a free economy is success, that we are the fastest growing economies in the World is success, that we have become an important factor in the IT revolution is success, that some of the richest people are Indians is success, that we have had the most beautiful women in the Miss World and Universe competitions is success, that we are moving towards an unmanned mission to the moon is success. I could keep going on and on and yet there would still be many more things we need to do.

Well, i would like to get your(my readers) views as well on India's achievements, challenges, priority etc..

What does it mean to be independent ? What does it mean to us? As Indians. As a nation. As a rising economic power in the world. In an increasingly global economy. And culture. What have we done right? And what, has gone horribly wrong? And what are the lessons learnt?

Post your valuable comments here. Heres' a video to give you some inspiration..

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weyouth said…
I love Delhi. I love India. I know I am not Indian but I live India and I feel realy proud that I born in India. HAPPY 60th INDEPENDENTS DAY.
monideepa said…
We've done so much right in these sixty years. We've grown from strength to strength as a nation. But there's so much more to be done. Until India is free from corruption, disease and illiteracy, until economic disparities between the haves and have-nots are reduced, we will need to work harder. We can do it and be the best in the world!

Jai Hind!
prerna said…
I went to a village in Himachal Pradesh last year and came to know that quite a few families in that remote hilly village had mobile phone connections.That made me so proud.This is a small achievement.I am sure there is no stopping India now.
Ebey said…
India is destined to become the next superpower of this world. With already the 2nd largest army, 3rd largest air force, 4th largest navy and 83% victory rate in wars, India is already a military power to reckon with.

India is also a booming economy, a nuclear power, largest contributor of UN peace keepers, largest democracy in the world and soon to have the largest population in the world, India has all it takes to become a world leader.

In the 2007 ASEAN summit, ASEAN countries requested India to take a leadership role in the international community. During the same summit, Japan, Australia and USA approached India to create a new defense network in the Pacific to counter Russia's and China's growing influence in the region. Also India has the world's youngest population under the age of 25. 1 out of every 10 person that lives in the world are under the age of 25 and they live in India.

India has so much potential and has all the resources it needs to emerge as a world leader. Already India is bidding to get permanent membership in the UN and is taking active roles in all regional affairs and UN peacekeeping missions including Afghanistan, Lebanon, Darfur, and Iraq.

Among the 54 flawed democracies; India is seventh and overall 35th in whole world & maintained a stable government since its independence. India’s economy ranks 4th in world. India’s Reserves of foreign exchange and gold ($145,000,000,000) Ranked 6th in world. India’s Military Ranked 3rd in world. Bollywood ranks 2nd after Hollywood, The Indian film industry is the largest in the world in terms of the ticket sales and the number of films produced annually (877 feature films and 1177 short films were released in the year 2003 alone). Indian Railway is one of the largest and busiest rail networks in the world, transporting sixteen million passengers and more than one million tonnes of freight daily. India again ranks 3rd in producing quality Scientists, Engineers & Doctors. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to launch its first moon satellite Known as “Chandrayaan 1? in April 2008 & ISRO hopes to land a motorised rover on the moon in 2010 or 2011, will be known as “Chandrayaan 2?. Kalpna Chawla & Sunita Williams were the Indian women who played leading role in “ISS”. India is on the way to become a superpower in Asia just after China. Phew….!!! There is much more to tell about our achievements but I think this is enough.
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