As India awaits its 75th year of independence, a question worth asking is, ‘Where does it stand and more importantly, what does it aim to be? What are the challenges it faces, What are the opportunities that it sees for itself and How can it achieve its desired goals?’ These are some of the questions that a compendium titled ‘Aspiring India@75: Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav,’ which was launched by Bharat Lal, Secretary, Lokpal of India, aims to answer. The compendium contains interviews and opinion pieces of some of the leading experts from policymaking apparatus, academia, industry, diplomacy and social sector. Commissioned by Amway India, the compendium is edited by leading international consultant & columnist Rajesh Mehta and Anand Mishra, a research scholar at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
The compendium’s foreword by eminent scientist R.A. Mashelkar underlines the fundamental promise and predicament of India in its 75th year of independence, by stating that “with combination of disruptive technology and bold policy, it is possible for India to bring in radical yet sustainable transformation.” This sentiment is supported by Shekhar Mande, DG, CSIR, when he emphasizes that “proposed Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) seems very promising as it sets out to create a vibrant scientific ecosystem for India.” On the other hand, Aruna Sharma, Former Secretary, Steel and Former Secretary, Electronics & IT, GOI, cites the success of digital initiative like SAMAGRA in improving governance, stating, “the continued emphasis on Digital India shows the e-governance has seeped in governance where all utility services etc. are taking place through electronic mode.”
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