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Guest Column: Cheers for a super 2016!

punjab Updated: Jan 03, 2016 12:11 IST
Col Avnish  Sharma (Retd)
Col Avnish Sharma (Retd)

2016 is destined to be a game changer on many accounts.(HT File photo)

I am an eternal optimist. I detest taking part in idle talk: political mudslinging, failing law and order, witch-hunting and talks of intolerance, increasing disparity and injustice, failing aspirations and eroding values. Having donned military uniform for over two decades and experiencing true secular environment, I am convinced that we belong to a great nation. Since most of us have a shortterm memory, the latest events of ignominy depress us and give us a feeling of an impending doom. However, the wider picture is rosy.

The year gone by has been great. India has gained in stature internationally. The life of a common man is under transformation. The corrupt are getting vulnerable. Frankly, I am disillusioned with two issues: the blatant upsurge of a foul tongue and the utter disregard towards normal functioning of the Parliament.

Notwithstanding, 2016 is destined to be a game changer on many accounts. “To line only for some unknown future is superficial,” said our ex-President APJ Abdul Kalam. Come 2016, get ready for some concrete action:

The economy is bound to flourish with the new tax regime around the corner. Sensitisation of the countries around the globe with regard to the power of Indian market will attract foreign direct investment, thereby creating abundant jobs. Antediluvian norms for running business will be history.

A substantial rise in salaries of employees and pensioners will boost their spending power with obvious positive effects. I feel the forthcoming budget will be pragmatic towards development and will prove to be common-man-friendly.

India’s relations with other countries are on the upswing. Our diaspora is being taken aboard to have a force multiplier effect. Our neighbours are leaning towards us for moral and material support.

The shortcomings in our defence arsenal are being realistically analysed. The policy of ‘Make in India’ is likely to be practised in a big way. The watershed decision to open fighter aircraft cockpits for women officers is a precursor for other combat roles for them.

The Swachh Bharat campaign is gaining awareness like never before. The cess introduced will strengthen the infrastructure for a cleaner India.

A beginning to tackle the menace of vehicular pollution head-on is a welcome step and will pay dividends.Smart city projects will improve services to public at large and increase accountability of the administration.

Communications — be it mobile, internet, road or rail — are on the fast track with obvious positive results for the common man.

The power of media to bring forth transparency is indeed laudable. Its efforts coupled with social media will bring to the fore the anti-social and corrupt elements.

The society at large is proactively expressive regarding crimes against women. Time is not far when women of the country will get the space they deserve.