With the onset of the 2020, world witnessed a new virus spreading in China and by March, the virus had taken over the entire world including India. The novel corona virus, which was declared a pandemic by WHO in February, has impacted millions of lives in India. Viewing this, Modi led government ( BJP) announced ‘ Aatm Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ on May 12. This is a special economic package of 20 Lakh crore rupees. The idea and vision behind this initiative is to make India self reliant and sufficient in the global market. This initiative will greatly affect and benefit the poor, migrants, labourers etc who have been adversely stricken by the wrath of the pandemic. There are five pillars to this initiative: economy, infrastructure, system, vibrant demography and demand.
A country prospers when it is the manufacturer. The abhiyan helps India in achieving this. The only way any country can come out of economic depression or recession is by mass producing goods by themselves. India is already a major exporter of pharmaceuticals and is seen as a future market for various electronic hubs. This initiative will attract such entrepreneurs and companies that want to invest in developing nations. This in future would lead to us greater heights. One such example is performing arts, India being enriched with plenty of it. Primary example of performing arts include theatre, drama, music, opera, dance, public speech, puppetry etc. It creates visual, auditory or performing artworks, expressing the performers imaginative or technical skill open to audience to consume and experience it. In India, there are 9 emotions called ‘nava rasa’ that are expressed through performing arts, which include love (Shringara), laughter (hasya), disgust (Bibhastsya), surprise (Adbutha), heroism (Veera), fear (Bhayanaka), anger (Raudra), sorrow (karuna) and tanquility (peace). Indian performing arts are appreciated and acclaimed across the world. Students can now study performing arts at various universities across the globe.
It is no hiding away from the fact that India, while being the second most populated country in the world, stands at the 92nd position when it comes to literacy in the entire world. While having the largest democracy and absolute freedom to education, where does the problem lie actually? This is a question everyone needs to ask themselves today. It is because it has a history of social and economic divide in the country. Technological barriers have also created a new obstacle. According to the recent statistics, India has the largest population of illiterate adults that contributes to the vicious cycle of illiteracy in India. Ultimately hampering the growth of the society.
Literacy is empowering, it fuels a better understanding of society and how it functions, offering solutions to problems. It is an amalgamation of human and social development. While setting up classes and teaching children in villages and slums, my team came across certain ways to boost literacy development that are, increasing investments in government schools, giving vocational training, changing societal and social norms, giving jobs to more teachers so that more students study.