On the 12th of May, the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi , while addressing the 95th annual session of the Indian Chamber of Commerce stressed upon the need to create an Aatma Nirbhar Bharat – a Self Reliant India.
‘Aatma Nirbhar Bharat’ is conceptualized as a movement to drive the country’s economy, infrastructure, system, vibrant demography, and demand. This self-reliant policy
does not aim to be protectionist in nature ,self-reliant India does not mean cutting off from rest of the world rather it aims to translate India into a bigger part of the global economy.

But with a massive 1.33 billion population and such large income diversities aren’t the positive
outcomes of this Aatma Nirbhar Bharat initiative limited ?

“For the rising of a movement it needs rising of all” i.e we have to once again focus on the vision of the saviours of the identity of this great nation and one’s own ambition i.e “ANTYODAYA SE

This aspiration of our freedom fighters fighting against colonialism on one hand and the evils (poverty, unemployment, untouchability e.t.c.) that plagued the Indian Society needs to be gratified.

Approaching towards Independence Day and writing on Aatma Nirbhar Bharat it is common to spring to one’s mind “Are we really independent”. Independence comes when one is physically ,mentally and socially self-reliant ,tracing in short when one is ‘Aatma Nirbhar’ that is what Aatma Nirbhar Bharat ‘ initiative aims to.

Vinoba writing in the Harijan , expressed the view that ‘proper rendering of Unto This Last would be Antyodaya (Uplift of the Last).This initiative should begin from the lowest and would in new
course cover one and all.

India needs massive investments in infrastructure , health , education and skill development to achieve the ambition of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat. By providing technical skill to the largest youth population of the world India can gain the global advantage in attracting foreign direct investments
in the country .
With more than half of the population indulged in agricultural activities India needs to focus on the Mechanisation and introduction of present day global technology in this field.

A pandemic like COVID-19 has told us to be self reliant in medical infrastructures too. A country that produces doctors for the world needs to be the producer of the newer technology of this field that
can help it to become the integrated medical destination of the world.

What is important is to instill policy instruments that enable the nation to achieve rapid progress in these areas that can serve as the fuel in the journey to achieve the ambition of AatmaNirbhar Bharat’.

Aatma Nirbhar Bharat and the globalized world:
Mahatma Gandhi once wrote in the Ideology of Charkha in 1951, ‘when dependence becomes necessary to keep society in good order it is no longer dependent, but co-operation’.
Self- reliance or sufficiency does not mean narrowness. In a globalized world to be self-sufficient is not to be
altogether self-contained.

Aatma Nirbhar Bharat does not aim to cut India from the rest of the world nor adopt anti-trade policies rather identify and promote the sectors and industries where it has the potential to become
a key player globally.

India is working to pitch itself as an emerging destination for manufacturing and production of arms and ammunition to other countries as it has a large potential in this area.

Similarly , the government is taking bold steps that can help the digital industry of the country to expand it’ s arms not only in India but also around the world .It is helping create a digital ecosystem
so that the Asian sub-continent nation can compete in the global digital space.

To fully realize the vision of Aatma –Nirbhar Bharat , Indian will have to implement a series of reforms and initiatives in various sectors of it’ s economy and business to foster innovation, growthand sustainable development .
To convert Aatma Nirbhar Bharat initiative into a reality, the
government needs to reset its priorities for the creation of long term sustainable assets.

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