INDIA: Then and Now.

While I was at vigyan bhavan, New Delhi, witnessing the first NIMCARE World Health Day summit 2017 I came across an small excerpt from ‘Thomas Macaulay minutes on education system’. It was bought in light by my personal favourite, Dr. Kannan Gireesh who is a (M.B.B.S. , M.D.) Psychiatrist and Founder CEO of LIVELIFE EDUCATION.

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2nd February 1835

This one paragraph had the caliber to make me numb. At this point Lord Macaulay won the debate. And, to be true, what he did say was right. It made sense. Indian Education System was basically a GURUKULA system. Students at an early age were sent to their teachers place which was an ASHRAM where they lived, worked and studied.

The basic principles of any gurukula system were:

1. Self-control
2. Development of character
3. Generation of sociability or social awareness
4. Integral development of personality
5. Propagation of purity
6. Preservation of knowledge and culture.

East India company captured us by making us believe that western culture and traditions are better than our own. Can anyone who is blown away from his own roots survive? No. And the same happened. East India company not only broke our backbone but also smashed it to an extent that still after seven decades we are healing. Let’s see how.

  • POVERTY RATE

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Once said as the Golden Bird, today 1 in every 5 people in India is poor. 22% of the total population of 270 million is BPL (Below Poverty Line) i.e. as a family their per day income is less than 1$. India comes in the list of those countries where the difference on income between rich and poor is vast.

  • LITERACY RATE

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Except for Kerela with 100% literacy rate, no other state is fully literate.  49.5% of grade 5 children cannot do subtraction and 55% of grade 8 children cannot solve 3 digits by 1 digit division problem; 51.09% of grade 5 children cannot read grade 2 English and 25.4% children of grade 8 cannot read grade 2 text.  20% of grade 2 children in India cannot recognize numbers 1-9; 53% of children drop out of school at elementary level.

  • CRIME RATE

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Crimes in India are as common as street vendors. Incidents of robbery, forgery, rape, murders, drugs and other are common. The main reason of such high crime rates is lack of employment, poverty and the greed to make quick money.

I would like to conclude with a simple message that we at personal level must try to make a small difference in whatever way we can do in order to witness it on a larger level. Let’s take pride in being Indian, in speaking Hindi and let’s stay connected to our roots in the maximum possible way for it’s the one thing which makes us different.

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