QUICK BITE – India of my dreams, a winning entry essay on ‘My Ideal India’ by Christopher D’Souza, organized by the Life Skills Committee in association with the Literary Committee In light of Gandhi Jayanti
Leo Tolstoy once said, Everyone thinks of changing the world, but nobody thinks about changing himself. He stands true to his word, because if you take a look at today’s people, politics, education and finance, you’ll really be lost in thought about how messed up the world has come to be. Not just the world, if we take a look at our own country we will be really taken aback. If we picture our country as a plant, we will come to the realization that it does need a great deal of healing and nurturing. Its roots are damaged, its leaves are withered and its branches are almost broken into a thousand pieces. India, for long, has been termed as a Developing country, and heaven knows for how long it will continue to be called so. So, what exactly is keeping India back and what can we, as human beings and citizens of the country, do to save our Motherland? Let us take a closer look at some of the changes we can bring about, as a family, to our country.
India is a country with a lot of people and a vast diversity. But a vast diversity also means a vast variety of problems among people. The first one of them, in my opinion, would be to improve the educational infrastructure of every state. In my past elementary school, I can distinctly remember how the computer lab had 13 computers, out of which only 3 worked. My classmates would always have to be selected 3 at a time, just to practice for the Computer Education lectures. It took around 3 weeks for the entire class of 36 to finally finish one chapter practically. Another really bad example of its infrastructure would be the teaching methods used. Most teachers would just ramble on, force feed the students with notes and in the end, make them throw it all up on the tests. That’s not education; that’s bulimia.
There are many other examples of how the school lacked in supplying adequate drinking water facilities, toilet sanitation and much more. Looking back, most of what I can remember is how the infrastructure lacked on so many levels and could do better. Dyllan McGee rightly stated, I believe in change. I believe in the power it has to unite us and ignite us and I agree with him. I do feel that a change in India’s education system can be brought about, but it will only be possible if we each take initiatives by ourselves and deal with it together. The education system of India, for India to take its first leap towards development, should be greatly improved in every state, town and locality. That’s how an ideal education would constitute to an ideal India, according to me.