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Where the mind is without any fear

india Updated: Jun 28, 2011 19:44 IST
Hemendra Chaturvedi
Hemendra Chaturvedi
Hindustan Times
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Like any other newly married couple of their age, Ekant and Lata Ladhani agree on most of the issues despite coming from two very different parts of the country. While Ekant is a true blue UP wallah, his better half is from Gujarat.

It’s just been four months since they got married but Lata has already adapted herself to the ways of her ‘sasural’ state. However, there is one thing she rues.

“I wish the state was safer for girls. This is what I miss about Gujarat. The freedom to move about freely, even if it is late in the night, without the fear of being harmed or judged.”

Ekansh and Lata, both in their twenties, dream of a Uttar Pradesh where they were not forced to return home early since it was unsafe outside and a state where entrepreneurs feel at home while dreaming of new projects.

Ekant is the executive director of Vrindavan Agro, which owned the first bottling plant of Coca Cola established in India (in Hathras, now Mahamaya Nagar) after its re-entry in the country while Lata is a housewife.

“Growth should be all round. Issues like socio- economic condition of citizens need to be addressed alongside broader issues like law and order and infrastructure. In terms of population and issues, UP is in fact a country within a country and therefore the problems need to be tackled on a mega scale,” he feels.

“Besides politicians, it is also the responsibility of the citizens to ensure that elections and their results are performance based. Let us have elections that are free of factors like caste if we want to exploit the potential of our state to the fullest,” opines Ekant.

“Education, power, roads, law and order- all these issues need to be addressed first. There should be a willingness to bring about change and the change should percolate down to everyone rather than being confined to certain cities and people,” adds Ekant.

“Something also needs to be done about red-tapism which prevents young entrepreneurs from setting up their ventures in the state,” asserts Lata.