Today is Independence day in India, it’s been 65 years since that momentous night, when India’s first Prime Minister uttered the famous words “At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom…”
At 65, this great nation is still very young, even in such a short span, she has been through her fair share of trials and tribulations. The complexity of this nation is hard to pin down in black and white, so we’re not even going to try. The only man who has come close to defining India in all its glory and imperfection is Mark Twain, here’s what he says
“This is indeed India! The land of dreams and romance, of fabulous wealth and fabulous poverty, of splendour and rags, of palaces and hovels, of famine and pestilence, of genii and giants and Aladdin lamps, of tigers and elephants, the cobra and the jungle, the country of hundred nations and a hundred tongues, of a thousand religions and two million gods, cradle of the human race, birthplace of human speech, mother of history, grandmother of legend, great-grandmother of traditions, whose yesterday’s bear date with the modering antiquities for the rest of nations-the one sole country under the sun that is endowed with an imperishable interest for alien prince and alien peasant, for lettered and ignorant, wise and fool, rich and poor, bond and free, the one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for the shows of all the rest of the world combined.”
As of today, the nation’s biggest asset is its youth. Between 2010-2030, India is expected to add more than 240 million people to its workforce, a young population that is unparalleled when compared to other countries. For a long time, India has been a feeder country, contributing its brightest minds to foreign lands. where they’ve gone on to become doctors, scientists and entrepreneurs. This ‘brain drain’ phenomenon in the recent past has reduced considerably, albeit due to the recession in the west. India to a large extent has been insular to the global economic crisis and continues to grow at a relatively steady rate.
The revolution in the startup space is the perfect manifestation of the spirit of freedom. Self-generated ideas from young Indians today, are at the forefront of this nation’s innovation, fueling her march towards the super power status. Mistakes are made often but it’s part of the learning curve.
“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” Mahatma Gandhi
The ever-growing startup ecosystem is contributing to the nation’s economy, while generating employment. ClickDesk is proud to be part of this revolution, so here’s to a lot more ideas, innovation and above all to the spirit of freedom to pursue the impossible.
Happy Independence Day!