Importance of Atmanirbhar Bharat
Someone has rightly said that “Self-reliance is the only road to true freedom and being one’s own person is its ultimate reward”. This statement indicates that freedom, which is achieved by blood, sweat and tears, can only be safeguarded by self-reliance. The former Prime Minister of India Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri once said, “The preservation of freedom is not the task of soldiers alone. The whole nation has to be strong.” Therefore it’s the moral duty of every Indian citizen to go self-reliant. Our government, our people, our scientists and we all have the dream to become a superpower of the world one day, which is only possible by becoming self-reliant and preserving our freedom which was achieved by our freedom fighters with great sacrifices.
India Always Wanted Self-Reliance
The statistics themselves state that India always wanted to be a self-reliant country, without any external support. Our defence sector was very fragile when we were a newly born independent country. India had political leadership that thought of only peace and harmony. This is ultimately proved by the statement given by Mr Jawaharlal which stated that no soldiers are required on the borders.
India had a only a few industries after independence and most military weapons and equipments were British made. It was after suffering a setback in the Sino-Indian War (1962), that India took a resolve to develop an effective production base.
90s Reforms Enabled Self-Reliance
The early 90’s witnessed the economic reforms in India and the rapid decline of support from the USSR. It was after this phase that our political leadership started paying attention to the defence sector resulting in the successful tests of Agni in 1987, Prithvi in 1988 and BrahMos in 2001. The nuclear test at Pokhran on 11 May 1988 was the result of the political will of the NDA Government. India is also preserving freedom by making fighter tank series of ARJUN MBT 370+ and fighter jets like HAL TEJAS, HAL CHEETAH, HAL KIRAN etc. It will not be an exaggeration to say the Defence sector has witnessed maximum progression.
In the health sector, India has turned this global pandemic into an opportunity. The production of ventilators and masks has increased by 29.77 and 56.23 per cent respectively. The government of India has opened many hospitals to provide cheap treatment to the citizens and started many schemes as Aayushmaan Bharat and had developments since 1975.
In the space programme, our ISRO has achieved many milestones. It is the world’s fourth agency to reach Mars. It has done more than 110 successful experiments including PSLV- C37 in February 2017, which is an unbroken world record. In IT as well we have evolved Panini Backus Form, J- SHARP and KOJO with other computer programming languages.
We have developed a lot since 1975 and still developing.
Our milestones are motivating us in every field. If we keep going with this pace, then surely we’ll be the superpower a day.
I’ve worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of my goals. I will not let my teammates down and they will not let myself down.