I have provided my views on various subjects below, each of these issues can be discussed and debated into great depth and detail. In a dynamic world, these views can be improved further with valuable inputs from others. As most critical issues, some of them are controversial and there are pros & cons each of these positions. I have taken these views in the larger interest of the country. Your inputs on these issues will be considered valuable to improve them further.
TDP & Sri N. Chandrababu Naidu
During the TD Regime, under the leadership of Sri N. Chandra Babu Naidu, several reforms were undertaken. Andhra Pradesh has grown from a sleepy backward state to international recognition during this period. We continue to derive economic benefits and progress even till today due to some actions taken by Sri N. Chandra Babu Naidu during his regime. He is not only a state leader, but the only leader with a national image from our state. He has stood on the world stage and interacted with people like Bill Gates and Bill Clinton effectively for the benefit of our state. In that sense, he can take global perspective and views successfully on various issues concerning our state and country. I have been inspired by these achievements of TDP and his leadership. I would also like to thank him and TDP for giving me this opportunity to serve the people from a political platform.
Corruption has spread deep and wide in the country’s system. This is the single biggest problem/challenge facing the country as it continues to grow everyday. The political system requires funding to survive, as the parties need to keep the cadre, hierarchy, organization functioning. This is also not justified but has become an unfortunate must. Leaders are required to generate adequate income from politics to maintain their cadre to assist common man who is demanding financial favours from the leaders in his individual capacity where the government cannot fulfill that need. Today corruption is not about adequate money to survive in politics but driven by greed to establish themselves, their families, friends and relatives transgressing all limits. As Gandhiji said, there is enough in this world for every man’s need but not enough for even one man’s greed. We can obviously not satisfy the greed of so many dishonest politicians. As the political system encourages corruption due to compelling needs of electoral expenses, this spread to all other arms in the country such as bureaucracy, education, banking and even corporate sector and judiciary now. These sectors indulge in corruption only for personal needs and there is no professional requirement to generate such incomes and there is no justification for their corruption what so ever. We have to eradicate corruption in two phases. First we must eliminate it in other arms such as Bureaucracy, police and other arms. This is a relatively easier task as these systems are smaller and controllable through strict monitoring. We can then take up the cleansing up of political system particularly starting with election expenses. If we can control election expenses, then corruption can be greatly controlled in politics as well as encourage honest people to come to politics.
Rural IT Education
There are approximately 1 Million students in high schools in the State of Andhra Pradesh 75% of them are receiving Education in small towns and rural areas. Unfortunately, less than 5% of these students have exposure to basics of Computers and IT. In the cities, students at that age have advanced exposure to IT. In most professions, the basic understanding of computers has become essential. Due to good communication skills and familiarity with using computers, urban students are able to secure good jobs and progress in careers. Unfortunately students from rural areas do not get exposure to IT until they graduate. As a result, despite satisfactory academic records and qualifications, the rural students are unable to secure suitable employment. It is essential to provide relative skills to students and make them employable by the time they graduate. IT skill is one such essential programme.
While providing a computer to a school in a village is not a problem ensuring they have trained teachers to impart these skills is a challenge. Corporates (particularly IT companies) must share this responsibility by financially supporting and sponsoring programmes to provide IT education in rural areas.
Indian Economy is growing rapidly. However, this is not an isolated event. Brazil, Russia, China & other several other economies in Africa & Eastern Europe are also experiencing good economic growth rates. The wealth that is being created is largely accumulating in urban areas and to limited individuals in rural areas. As a result, the disparity in income levels has increased drastically. While the world is shrinking and becoming flatter, income levels and life styles in urban India are catching up with those of the more developed countries. In countries like China, the economically progressive world is well separated from the disadvantaged sections. However, in India the rich and the poor co exist side by side. If the absolute number of people in poverty continues to increase and the income disparities continue to grow, the inequitable distribution will become the single biggest challenge in the country in the near future. This should become the single biggest focus area of any Government.
North America, Europe and Japan grew their economies successfully by taking all sections of people forward when the population in each of these cases was less than 20 crores. Population of India is 110 crores. As we do not have a similar successful story, adapting any of the other models such as North America blindly, would be dangerous. We have to adapt our own socio political and economic models to address this problem.