Lok Satta Party President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan today called upon all thinking people to join hands transcending their differences to root out the seven scourges plaguing the country, make India great and prosperous and realize the freedom fighters’ dreams.
In a message on the eve of the 63thrd anniversary of Independence, Dr. JP recalled that despite many flaws, Indians could legitimately be proud for preserving the unity and integrity of the country, maintaining freedom and democracy and strengthening federalism in a diverse and complex country.
‘What is more heartening is that for the first time in nearly three centuries, India has been back on the road to economic prosperity for the last two decades. If we do the things mandated by the Constitution and for which freedom fighters staked their all, we have the potential to make up for all the lost opportunities and make India a super power in the next two decades in which everybody enjoys equity and justice.”
Dr. JP said that at least seven scourges are hobbling India’s potential for growth and greatness. They are:
- Growing inequalities and abject poverty
- Persistent tendency to divide people on grounds of caste and religion, language, and region
- Ever widening rural urban divide resulting in depopulation of villages and choking of towns and cities
- Monumental corruption
- Over centralization of power and enfeeblement of people
- Absence of rule of law
- Alcoholism and drug abuse
Dr. JP asserted that we have the capacity to bring about a fundamental transformation in the nature of politics, build the nation and enjoy the fruits of freedom. For that, people must shed their ‘me first attitude’ and facilitate public good. Political parties, civil society organizations and the idealistic youth should join hands in this noble endeavor.