The notion of Indian reunification has come of age, but it will undoubtedly take a long time to realize. Many will label us as daydreamers. When Giuseppe Mazzini spoke of Italian unity, he was labeled a daydreamer as well, despite the fact that the ideal was realized owing to the efforts of Count Cavour and Giuseppe Garibaldi.
We Indians have always believed in the idea of swaraj (self-rule) and we think that freedom can be achieved only through unification. The British believe that independence is impossible for such a vast country and they would not risk their existence by trying to unite it. They might try to play one state against another, but they cannot stop the spirit of nationalism that lives deep within us all.
The dream of Indian unity will continue to inspire people even after it becomes reality. Just look at the number of Indians who have left their homes to live in other parts of the world - we are the second largest population group in the world after the Chinese. There are also several international organizations based in India, including the United Nations, World Bank, and IMF.
Our country needs to be united so that we can focus on improving our education system, health care, electricity supply, and other basic amenities that we take for granted in today's world.
Mahatma Gandhi envisioned a perfect India. In his fantasies of India, he envisioned a country where all people, regardless of caste, creed, gender, or other characteristics, might coexist happily. In practice, however, India was and remains a country where most people's lives are plagued by poverty, disease, illiteracy, and discrimination.
In 1918, when Gandhi was first elected to Parliament, Indians made up only 1% of the population of British-ruled India. By 1947, just over 50 years later, that figure had increased fivefold to 5%. But despite its growing size, India remained divided along religious lines: Hindus comprised almost 80% of the population but only about 30% of it were literate.
Gandhi wanted India to become a secular state where religion would have no role to play. He believed that if Indians knew what he called their "inner soul", they would support his call for independence.
But how did India come to be so different today? Why is it still such a poor country? What happened to the dream of Gandhi's India?
India has long been one of the most economically unequal countries in the world.
Dreaming about Indians reveals components of your personality that are primarily concerned with whether or not something is working. Indians are symbols that frequently emerge in dreams when a person is attempting to solve a problem or when there is a desire to cure naturally without the use of medications. If you dream of being around Indians, then you should be aware that they can also indicate that you are involved in illegal activities.
If you dream of fighting Indians, then this means that you are facing danger right now and must protect yourself at all costs. Alternatively, if you work with Indians, then this indicates success in your endeavors and trust from those higher up in the company.
An Indian man in a dream represents power and authority. If you see him smiling, it means good news will follow. If he attacks you, it means evil has found out who you are and is trying to destroy you. (See also Warrior)
In other words, dreaming of an Indian man means that you must be careful what you do or say, because it may come back to haunt you.
I see a developed India free of illiteracy and poverty, an India where the divide between wealthy and poor is within acceptable boundaries, an India that understands it is a free domain, and an India free of corruption. We are still unconcerned about the needs of the impoverished on our highways. They are just vehicles moving on their way to some destination. We have not yet learned to die for our country.
I see an India that has its own space technology, that can travel into outer space, and come back home safely every time, an India with strong defenses, but without any enemies to fear. I see an India that is self-sufficient in food production, and does not need to rely on anyone else for survival.
I see an India that works for human betterment, where knowledge is spread freely, and nobody is denied access to it because of his/her class or creed, an India that believes in equality before law, an India that is secular in nature.
These are some of my dreams for India.
Seven Steps to Our Desired India
Kalam Sir envisioned an India in which everyone in the country had enough food, clean water, clothing, and shelter, with no poverty. He saw India as a model of sustainable development and believed that its people should not be deprived of their human rights just because they lived in a poor country.
In addition to being the first Indian president to visit Israel, he also became the first Indian head of state to enter the Palestinian Territories. In April 2002, President Kalam visited Jerusalem's Old City on the invitation of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. During this visit, they unveiled a memorial at the site where Dr. Kalam claimed his vision was fulfilled - the Middle East Peace Conference, which was held in Alexandria in 1999. The conference aimed at finding a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and was attended by more than 50 leaders from 20 countries.
Before he could fulfill his dream, however, President Kalam died in office on 25 May 2006 due to cardiac arrest caused by a stroke he had suffered three months earlier. He was 63 years old.
India has come a long way since it became independent in 1947. It has developed its economy rapidly, but there are still many poor people in the country.