Former President A P J Abdul Kalam in his ‘India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium’ wrote: “Even when one applies the much less stringent Nehruvian vision for the elimination of ignorance, illiteracy, poverty, disease and inequalities in opportunities, the task of realizing such a vision through the missions that would follow appears difficult…”This was in 1998,two years before Jharkhand was created in 2000.
Almost 14 years later,Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda today asserted that inorder to end inequality,the state should stand on its own feet. “The country or a society which forgets its own history can’t stand on their own feet. It is necessary to know oneself and assess what development model one should adopt to stand on one’s feet,”he said.
Releasing a book in Hindi- Shoshan(Exploitation), Sangharsh(Struggle) and Sahadat(Sacrifice) written by senior journalist Anuj Kumar Sinha in Ranchi on Sunday, Munda observed that capitalism complemented democracy and it generated economic growth.“Though you can’t minus capitalism in a democratic system, we have to change the mode of capitalism while working to improve our economic growth in future,” opined Munda.
Stressing the need for optimum usage of human resources in the growth process, he advised to take up a business model that would also address a solution in curbing extremism or naxalism and other forms of crime rooted in inequalities that plagued the society.“You should also take into account the conflicting opinions from various quarters vis-à-vis development and try to overcome them,” he said.
Referring to how China used to import raw materials from African countries in the past and now is purchasing land there for agriculture purpose, Munda said that mineral wealth alone can not take a state ahead but proper management of human capital can put the economic growth on the fast track.
Deputy Chief Minister Sudesh Mahto advised to keep in mind the multi-lingual and multi-culture people residing in Jharkhand while planning development model.“Plans should be made in such a way that conflicts could be avoided in a state where languages and cultures change every fifty or sixty km,” Mahto cautioned.
Another Deputy Chief Minister Hemant Soren said change of mindset and inculcation of development-oriented thoughts could take Jharkhand reach its goals.
Against their opinions, Kalam’s thought that development strategy should focus on ‘various levels of skills to cope with fast-changing economic and social demands’ can not just be ignored.
Incidentally,Munda,who had noticed a “dwand”(pain an anguish) among the people whose land carrying their homes was needed to give boost to ‘development’,seemed aware of Kalam’s vision as he had recently asked the IMM,Ranchi,to prepare a roadmap for development of skill and promotion of indigenous enterprise among the youth in 2013.