Lok Satta

Monday, 10 May 2010 04:02

India can become the second largest economy in the world: Dr. JP

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“Miracles do not happen on their own; we have to strive hard to make miracles take place,” counseled Lok Satta Party President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan here.

 

Addressing a gathering of non-resident Indians on the subject “Rejuvenate India,” Dr. JP said that India had the potential to become the second largest economy in the world accounting for 15 percent of its GDP if it sets house in order. It is possible if we focus on providing quality education and healthcare, livelihood and self-employment opportunities to all with skill enhancement, improved infrastructure, empowering local governments and eradicatiing corruption. There is no intractable problem and sensible solutions are available to all problems, Dr. JP said.

 

“Although all of us are victims of extortion, we feel helpless and get reconciled to the status quo. Gandhiji, a barrister, became a Mahatma because he felt outraged at racial discrimination in South Africa and sought to fight it.”

 

Dr. JP while describing the Role of NRI’s in Rejuvenating India, explained how since pre-independence days till recent tech revolution how the NRI’s played an active role. Today NRI’s who has seen various societies of the world can promote good things back in India. He mentioned how NRI’s can play bridge between India and the rest of the world and how they are the true brand ambassadors of India.

 

Dr. JP pointed out that the first-past-the-post electoral system in India perpetuated vote buying since marginal votes made all the difference between victory and defeat. Vote buying could be minimized if the country switched over to a proportional representation system. He hoped that Britain would embrace the proportional representation system in the context of the historic win registered by the Liberal Democratic Party for the first time since its inception 80 years ago.