Are We Happier Than Our Fore Fathers? – by Anand

Introduction:

We are not happier than our fore fathers. India is a country of a billion people and a rich cultural history.

India is still developing as a nation and trying to compete with the major world powers. However, our country is not perfect.

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There exist many flaws which hinder our country from competing with world powers. These flaws did not hinder much during the time of our fore fathers. But however today, they cast a sad picture of our country.

Poverty:

Though poverty existed during the time of our fore-fathers, yet it was not a big issue then. Poverty is the most glaring issue of India which requires immediate attention. Much of India’s population is below the poverty line and do not even earn the basic minimum wage. Empowerment of such people is the need of the hour. The government should ensure that they are provided with the basic amenities and that their livelihood is secure.

The middlemen who deal in between the poor people and the government should be punished as they swindle away with the money. Legal aid clinics must be set up in remote areas and the correspondence of poor people with government authorities must be made easier.

Education Sector:

Education in our country paints a very sad picture of the state of affairs in our country. Primary education despite being a fundamental right has still not been effectively implemented. The student teacher ratio is alarmingly disproportionate. Many government schools remain vacant because of lack of maintenance and dearth of students.

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The government of our country must strive to ensure that all the children below 14 years of age are given basic elementary education. Child labour should be addressed and those children should be put in schools and the government should take care of their expenses.

Health Sector:

India ranks very low on the overall health of its population when compared to other countries in the world. Over a hundred people die every couple of days in India because of starvation or excessive dehydration. Certain government hospitals have dearth of doctors and the patients suffering from terminal diseases. The government should ensure that more hospitals are opened and especially in the remote areas of the country where people do not get immediate medical care. It should also subsidize rates of medicines so that the poor can afford them.

Corruption:

Corruption is a blot on the face of our country. India ranks amongst the most corrupt nations in the world. Corruption exists in all layers of the society. It can only be minimized if the government authorities are put to trial for taking bribes and practicing nepotism.

Pollution:

Pollution is another menace which our fore fathers did not face during their time. Pollution today thrives in all regions and is the reason behind the sickness and ill-health of innumerable people.

Conclusion:

Thus, life has become difficult for the present generation with many social, political, cultural and environmental issues troubling us. Our fore-fathers led a blissful and contended life. We live in an era of intense competition and fear. Even the governments of today aren’t responsible towards their citizenry. We certainly aren’t as happy as our fore-fathers.

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