Colonial Mentality Is Hindering India’s Success


While the foreign rulers were blamed for their misdeeds in the past, currently the citizens do blame the greedy and selfish politicians and bureaucrats. The current rulers seem to have digested and acquired the qualities of the foreign rulers well. For instance, the Britishers sole aim of colonising India was to make it a supplier of raw materials for its industrial development. Thus their chief concern was to exploit and neglect the growth and development of India!.

There has been political influence in almost all the three sectors of the economy, i.e., Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary. The citizens do blame the delays in decision making, which is evident in the fact that there has been a delay in passing the lokpal bill.

The lack of political will among the current rulers is evident by the fact that there is no single university in India, which ranks within the first two hundred top universities list!. Further, there has been a widening gap between the urban and the rural population. India lives in villages, i.e., most of its population lives in rural areas, but still open defecation, poor roads, and other sanitation facilities in rural areas do persist. Urban infrastructure too is not an exception, which is evident by the woes of the citizens of the commercial capital of India, Mumbai.

The power hunger of some greedy politicians is evident by the fact that the tickets for elections would be issued to those who can win even if they have criminal cases pending against them!.

There has also been a strong nexus among the politicians, bureaucrats, and the businessmen. The scams such as: coal gate, fodder, common wealth games, sand mining, etc could not have materialised without such a nexus.

The loss of investors confidence, emergence of parallel governments, brain drain, etc are some of the consequences due to erosion in the confidence.

Some experts suggest that there should be some revolutionary electoral reforms as there has been the utilisation of money and muscle power in general, state and local bodies elections. India, with its ideal geographical location and huge amounts of natural resources, would have been a developed economy by this time had the system been efficient and effective!.

Drastic transformation of mindsets of the rulers is the immediate necessity to achieve higher rates of success on par with some developed nations such as Japan, Australia, the U.S.A., etc.