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Unidentified rag pickers search for recyclable material in Amravati, India. (Dipak Shelare/Shutterstock)

In today’s interconnected world, no country can refuse to modernize. Lack of modernization is an existential threat. Historically, most tribes went extinct because they continued to believe in blind faith, orthodoxy, non-scientific dogmas, and refused to evolve. In this scenario, only a scientific approach backed by social, judicial, and constitutional reforms can help. History is witness to numerous instances when countries ignored this dictum and went the way of the dodo. Our planet can learn a lot from countries like Afghanistan, Burundi, Chad, Nigeria, Malawi, Somalia, and Syria.

India gained its independence nearly 74 years ago. Yet India has been struggling with modernization and social reforms. Despite its image as a culturally diverse land, most of India is in fact a nation-state in conflict with its own people, largely due to the promotion of blind faith, racism, and an outdated judicial system. Nation-funded, state-sponsored, and NGO-driven reforms for a scientific approach and technology-based solutions are seen as opposed to unscientific, illogical, and irrational lifestyles of the ultra-orthodox traditional people of India. Indian politics, a destructive force has been instrumental in denying modernization to India and its people. God is largely interpreted by selfish politicians and cunning priests of all religions in India as a sick, sadistic, and punitive evil entity.

India’s health sector and regulations are being ramped up although India lacks social and medical security to keep pace with technological advancements. What is missing is the political will to develop an independent economy in India. Extreme capitalism has always been prioritized, be it UPA or NDA. This has only harmed job creation and a sustainable economy. Human overpopulation was supported for decades by nasty vote-bank politics. Even in 2021, India is fighting racism as it struggles with caste-based violence, caste-based reservation, and lack of equality. Mass corruption in Indian infrastructure projects such as civil projects and national transport initiatives is another cause of concern.

India is light years behind China and the United States and it might not reach its levels of economic development if democracy continues to be abused by political parties which only care for their party funds and nasty interests to gain power at the cost of destroying India. When it comes to technology, India depends on other countries for the last 74 years. Be it phones, televisions, laptops, air conditioners, cars, airplanes, buses, or modern electronic equipment, India was never able to manufacture on its own. At the Consumer Electronics Show held annually in Las Vegas, not a single Indian company can demonstrate its capabilities. Out of some 4,500 stalls, 2,000 are Chinese, about 1,000 are American, and a smattering of other countries but not a single Indian vendor. Brain drain was once a problem India faced. Now it’s far worse as India’s best and brightest wants to leave India mainly due to lack of modernization, an orthodox and morally uneducated society, and lack of reforms.

What India needs is transformational and scientific reforms, not just incremental changes. Disinvestment, deregulation, monetization must happen along with the complete ousting of outdated archaic laws used in Indian courts. These archaic laws implemented by the British threaten India’s existence. Greater transparency by the adoption of technology is imminent. Today, India not only needs a forward-looking modern ideology, a modern mindset but above all India needs ethical leaders with integrity, because success or failure of thought not only depends upon its ideology or implementation, it depends upon its leaders who have the willpower to change outdated thought processes and unscientific approaches to life.

Vinay Lohar is an ISMS, IT and management expert, adventurer, photographer and food connoisseur. He received his Master's degree from Jodhpur National University. He was an Information Security and Data Privacy Consultant at Bosch GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany for 3 years. He also worked as a Risk Manager for Amazon and managed an internal business team for the EU region for Transaction Risk Management and with Siemens as Cybersecurity Manager. Vinay currently works as a Manager with Extreme Networks, an American networking company based in San Jose, California.