What it will take for India to be truly ‘atmanirbhar’
Though covid couldn’t have come at a worse time, it presents an opportunity for India to undertake wide-ranging reforms to become self-reliant. But this doesn’t mean shutting out global trade. Rather, we need to expand ties to strengthen our economy and be able to take care of ourselves and others.
A lot has been said about ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, India’s journey of economic self-reliance. We understand that it is a launch-pad for fostering entrepreneurship, nurturing innovation and creating an ecosystem for symbiotic rural-urban development, as India recovers from covid. What we really need to understand, however, is what it takes for a nation to attain atmanirbharta. It is not very different from the evolution of an individual—from an infant to an able person who can take care of oneself and others. The same is true for nation-building. A nation is more than its geography. When people despite their diversities come together to accomplish a higher collective goal, they make a country more equitable. That we are at a crossroads as a nation is more than just a clichéd expression. We have come a long way and have an equally long way to go. As a young nation, we still need to build the institutions that can stand the test of time.