Will this rat race ever end: – Indian states not catching up with richer ones?

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Abhijeet Roy, MBA 2016-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur


India is a country of great diversity; be it culture, festivals or even wealth. On one hand, India has cities like Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi, where people can afford luxuries in their lives. However, the country also holds several places, where people are extremely poor and are barely able to meet the ends. Despite the country’s meteoric GDP growth rate (about 8%), poverty in India is still pervasive; especially in states like Jharkhand, Manipur, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh.

Samuel Johnson once said that “a decent provision for the poor is a true test of civilization” India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and yet its wealth is hardly redistributed across the population. Every year the Chief Minister speaks about the upliftment of their state but in the next session again the ranking worsens. Less developed states such as Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh had started improving their relative performance. But the data shows that those developments were neither strong nor durable enough to change the underlying picture of divergence.

In Chhattisgarh about one third of its population lies below extreme poverty line. Chhattisgarh contributes 15% of the total steel produced in India yet 93% people are poor in Chhattisgarh. Similar is the case with Odisha and Madhya Pradesh. These mineral rich states despite having such huge natural resources have always secured the position below the poverty line. Doesn’t it seem weird that Per capita income of Goa is 3.01 times more than India’s average and 7.18 times more than poorest state Bihar. It is clear that the economic out-performance of some of these States is a function of their politics and policies over decades or the “maturation of democracy”. But still in this digital era where Poorer countries are catching up with richer countries, but in India, the less developed states are not catching up; instead they are, on average, falling behind the richer states,” said the Economic Survey 2016-17.

The phrase “united we stand, divided we fall”, fits perfectly within India. Unless these states do miraculously well and converge at least to some extent to the rich state India as a whole cannot develop and the phrase “achhe din aayenge” will always be a futuristic statement only

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From Filmfare Awards to People’s Choice Awards :Priyanka Chopra’s mettle shines bright..

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events and/ or publicly available information. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Abhijeet Roy, MBA 2016-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur


Background

The People’s Choice Awards is an American award show, The show has been held annually since 1975,recognizing the people and the work of artists in the entertainment industry, voted on by the general public. Last year, Priyanka chopra won it for the favorite actress in a new TV series category and this year she won it again in the main lead category.

Opinion

What an incredible journey of Miss CHOPRA,  from marine drive to rodeo drive, she has mesmerized both the countries with her sheer acting skills but this isn’t the first time Indian actors have stepped into Hollywood shoes, but with Priyanka I think its different -she managed to play it, on her own terms ,grabbing the pivotal role  in an American TV show “Quantico” was  a big opportunity which she no doubt handled with great poise and dedication. What was more heartening to see is her big win at the “Peoples choice awards” not once but twice ,most recently when she won as the best actress TV drama series crashing down her big Hollywood contemporaries like Ellen Pompeo, Kerry Washington, Taraji P. Henson, and Viola Davis. Its really good to see someones hard work being paid off so beautifully and aesthetically. The “Padmashree” actress is not only making India proud but also paving the path for many other  actors to get a ticket to Hollywood.

In a white country for a brown girl to make her mark is really promising ,from Oscars to Emmy’s every prolific international award show has her on their red carpet. It might seem very flowery but to get your name in the ” Time 100 most influential people in the world ” is really path-breaking. An accomplished Bollywood actress, a staunch supporter of  educating the girl child, a powerful women to look upon she is really nailing it all. Kudos for her success and making India proud on a global platform. This miss world truly symbolizes women power.

#Abhijeet Roy,VGSoM,IIT Kharagpur #Priyanka chopra #India proud #women power