Rays of Hope

Rays of Hope

Amidst apprehensions and concerns over Chennai , the survey conducted by New Indian Express (along with research organisation C fore ) covering 407 respondents in the age group 18 to 32 at Chennai (published in New Indian Express dated August 15, 2007) reflects the spirit of Chennai. The survey’s findings :

Over half say India will become a Superpower by 2025

The youth of Chennai (32 %) is worried about population as the biggest problem in 2025.

Over 64 % would like to spend their life in India.

Chennai’s youth (27 % ) considers Scientist / Technocrat as the top profession.

72 % of the respondents consider Rajnikant as Chennai’s personficaton of Superpower India.

Chennai’s youth wants the country to focus on Power Reforms (60 %) and Land Reforms (17%)

Chennai’s Traffic jams is a major concern for 36 %.

59 % of the respondents consider Education to be the major focus area.

54 % of the youth of Chennai feel that Chennai will contribute in IT towards building super power India.

(City Express – supplement of New Indian Express dated August 15, 2007)

18 Comments so far

  1. Murali (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 1:37 am

    What is your concern about Chennai? If your concern is fixed (Ray of Hope) by personification of Rajnikanth, then there is a serious flaw


  2. Vivek (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 6:22 am

    Superpower by 2025, they will even not get electricity power without interruption by 2025.

    Those who say India is gonna become super-power blah..blah..blah are like ‘frogs in a well’. They know nothing about the world.

    Wake up to reality. Stop day-dreaming like our Ex-President. Things dont just happen on its own.
    USA is planning to send people to Mars by 2010. ISRO does not know where Mars is.

  3. Ram (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 6:59 am

    I agree Vivek India can not become a superpower with the way things are going. Our cities don’t even have the basic necessities in life such as power, water, sewerage, proper roads, footpaths etc. How can people even think of such things when there is nothing done about these simple things. Manmohan Singh and his cabinets future policy is to make Hindi a world language. As if that is going to happen what would be the use in this I do not see. When we have politicians with dumb ideas like this its no wonder India is a third world country.

  4. Kokki_ Jacobus (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 7:00 am

    The opinion of a few people (sample size ~400) does not really make a difference.. Just because people ‘feel’ or ‘think’ India will become a superpower by 2025 doesn’t mean it will actually happen. The Indian government has been chasing the rainbow for the last 60 years and on each occasion the projected time within which development would supposedly occur would be at a date 20 years or so from then on. We’ve had more than our share of ‘Visions’ – Vision year 2k, complete literacy by 2005, India 2020 and so on.. These years have passed by and yet sadly, most of these goals have not been realized. India as a superpower by 2025 is just the latest in the series. A similar survey amongst industrialists and investors would definitely have greater credibility even if the sample size was smaller.

  5. Kokki_ Jacobus (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 7:02 am

    @ Vivek
    USA? Sending people to Mars by 2010?? Wake up to reality. And hard facts. don’t make baseless statements without research. The following article appeared two years ago and most of the goalposts have shifted since, not unlike India.

  6. Karthik Thirumalai (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 9:04 am

    It’s not about whether India can achieve super-power status, but rather about our teeming millions who still haven’t seen the light of the day. While those kind of fancy words are very nationalistic in nature, the real question is when are the vulnerable among us going to be provided the same oppurtunities to achieve success in life. I am proud of some of the achievements that India has accomplished with all the problems she encounters, but we still have very very long way to go. A country filled with 200 billionaires and 700 million living under one dollar a day is nothing to be proud of

  7. david (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 9:21 am

    It is always good to aim high and aspire for progress. I see no reason to sit back and wallow in the current situation, for if there are no aspirations, there is no progress. Really think India cannot be a super power by 2025? Consider this:
    •The economy of India is the third largest in the world when measured by Purchasing Power Parity. When measured in US Dollar terms, it is the twelfth largest in the world with a GDP of over one trillion dollars in 2007.
    •India is the second fastest growing major economy in the world, with a GDP growth rate of 9.4% for the fiscal year 2006-2007 which will take it towards being one of the world’s largest economies over the next two decades.
    •Forty percent of the population is below the age of twenty five. This means some 400 million young people will be entering the work force over the next two decades, fuelling India’s economic growth. They are also available as a work force for the rest of the world with a greying population.
    •Add to this the findings of the McKinsey Global Institute announced in May 2007 that predicts India’s middle class will soon embark on a consumption spree that could reshape global consumer markets.
    •The McKinsey Global Institute report assumes a growth rate of 7.3%, a reasonable assumption, it says considering the substantial scope for improvements in productivity. At this rate the Indian income level will triple over the next 20 years, which will lift 291 million Indians over the poverty line to create a 583-million-strong middle-class population by 2025, substantially larger than the current population of the US.
    •This will trigger explosive growth in the consumer markets, taking it to $1.5 trillion, four times the present $380 billion. This will vault India into the premier league among the world’s consumer markets.

    All this will be accompanied by increasing international travel, exposure and awareness by the populace and the politicians. The demand for better standards will help shape a new India. All the developed countries of the world have been through this process. Europe in the not too distant past was far worse than some of our cities are today. They graduated faster than we did, that’s all. That does not mean we will not progress. I agree with Manmohan Singh that the best is yet to come.

  8. Ranjith (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 10:31 am

    Guys ,

    When the world was thinking about $100 laptop, our guys at VIT with assistance from IISE made a laptop for $47 last may.
    Cheaper Laptops

    We have the most important power, the Human [ Mind power] in India. It is how we are going to tap it. India is developing fast. We need to make sure we develop our infrastructure also with the Information Technology.

    Vivek,Ram and Kokki_ Jacobus:

    You people are seeing a better India than your fathers did. It is in our hands to show a better India to our children. Your aspiration of going to Mars is great and will happen with India too. Let us resolve the issue of better living for all Indians with our current growth.

    Check out the video of a 14 year old child doing a lot of things in an IT Company.


    David has put some good points to validate India growth.

    Cheers – Ranjith

  9. y (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 11:10 am

    You are all talking on the basis of cream of crowd who visits shopping malls and goes to party, spends money like anything. Wake up to reality and go to real india where people still sell eat rats because of poverty and don’t have access to food or water and people selling kids for Rs. 20/- How can they say that india will become super power.

  10. y (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 11:15 am

    We have the most important power, the Human [ Mind power] in India. It is how we are going to “tap it. India is developing fast.”

    Human power, my sh*t!
    All these so called IT professionals are just a data entry operators who do cheap labor for U.S and other well developed nations. If you talk about Manpower why in the f**king world has india has not produced standalone any products like adobe!

  11. Rat Eater (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 12:04 pm

    Rat eating in not entirely because of poverty. Rat are pests in the rural farms. One way of controlling, is to hunt the rats. People enjoy eating them.

  12. jkh (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 12:53 pm

    @David, all your predictions will go haywire once indian rupees starts gaining against USD and all these so called “over paid” IT guys (BOOBS – Bunch of overpaid B*s*ds) will have to again search for 1000 rupees jobs in factories and lathe!!

  13. Ranjith (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 4:45 pm

    Hello Mr.Y:

    Business week mentioned 50 most influencing people of India to take India to the next step. Do you know who are the business leaders in this list :

    > Ratan Tata, Chairman, Tata Group

    > Sunil Bharti Mittal, CMD, Bharti Airtel

    > KV Kamath, MD, CEO of ICICI Bank

    > Deepak Parekh, Chairman, HDFC Ltd.

    > B Muthuraman, MD , Tata Steel

    > Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman, Aditya Birla Group

    > Anand Mahindra, MD, Mahindra & Mahindra

    > Anil Agarwal, Chairman, Vedanta Group

    > AM Naik, CMD, Larsen & Toubro

    > Mukesh Ambani, Chairman, Reliance Industries

    None of them belong to 100% software industry. Indian Industry lead by Ratan Tata is heading for a second acquisition abroad when none of the Software Industries did. Now even software companies are looking out.

    Mr.JKH:- India not only exports Software but also other products like dress materials, Tea , coffee, preserved food, etc. Rupee getting stronger is a good sign of India’s progress. Everyone should welcome it !!!!

    Coming to products in India :

    Necessity is the mother of Invention. Till now India is only a software producer and a very little software consumer. Survey says that the consuming power of India is increasing and IBM already has made some revenue from Bharathi tel in the previous years. India will be consuming more software in the years to come and will surely deliver more products.

    Have you ever used http://fropper.com an Indian dating site? We use only http://orkut.com since it is from google.

    Cheers – Ranjith

  14. Nam (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 7:40 pm

    I didnt read all these blogs…just read the first one..ie Viveks comments and writing this…

    India is lagging only bcoz these kind of youth and their indifferent attitude, who will never shy to work abroad and when they come back, they will say all idiotic things abt india…

    Its really paining to see these kind of persons living in India and saying 2025 is a daydream..

    Though, India has a long way to go, she has achieved somethings great even while feeding some antisocial elements like these ppl(its right to say these attitudeless ppl as antisocial…they deserve it)
    even while giving her blood to these ppl, India has just managed to be a nation which achieved green revolution as early as within 25 yrs of freedom, giving one of the cheapest and biggest and most reliable train and postal networks, white revolution, IT, space, atomic etc, etc..

    these kind of persons never ever participated in these things and never know abt these..

    when they flew to US, they said no opps here in India for them..
    and when they are coming back (or not going abroad for good opps), they say they are proud to work here..(just bcoz they see great opps to make money here)..

    shame with these ppl…


  15. Vivek (unregistered) on August 18th, 2007 @ 1:58 am

    India is not lagging because of youth people, it is lagging because the old people thought sex is the only recreation and increase the population from 30 crores to 110 crores in just 50 years.
    Did you know the kids in Madras play only in parking lots of their appartment, There is no Playgrounds. Shame on India. Hey I never blame Indian people, I always blame Politicians. You and I cannot do anything.

  16. Simi (unregistered) on August 18th, 2007 @ 11:29 pm

    Optimism is good; but unrealistic optimism is worse than pessimism. I don’t have much to say. But 2020 seems to be far long a date. We need just five years – that’s all! But ONLY if all the corrupt politicians can be banished for good and then use INR 21,068 crores (http://www.socialwatch.org/en/informesNacionales/510.html) exchanged as bribe money (in 2005 alone) to feed the under-nourished and homeless. We can then talk about Moon and Mars! May God bless my country!!

  17. Madhusudhanan (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 1:57 am

    Dear friends,

    Please do not compare india to US or UK or any developed nation. Compare it with any developing nation. If you compare india with any developing nation we are doing good, infact very good.

    (Addressing 2525 Power issue)

    You have to understand that US is a vast country with great natural wealth, India is one third of the US size. US has been an independent nation for more and 400 years now, Its just 60 Years for india.

    But we all need to understand one thing, For a countries growth, The country should grow in its strength, Meaning india should grow in agriculture
    and production engineering. IT and services is not a parent business, Its consulting . Its dependent on some ones business. If we see , still the GDP is not all that bad.

    Lets all stand united as indians and be proud of this country.

  18. Ranjith (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2007 @ 1:21 pm

    Madhu :

    That was an excellent point

    Cheers – Ranjith

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