PM Narendra Modi has pledged to make India a five trillion dollar economy in the next few years.
I thought of this the other day when I saw a man peeing on a Gurgaon street. Now, men peeing in the open is only too common a sight in our towns and cities. (Curiously enough you don’t see women doing the same thing. Stronger bladders? Greater modesty?)
But what was noteworthy about this man was that he was a hard-hatted construction worker on an upcoming mega commercial project being built by a company frequently cited as being the biggest real estate organisation in the country, with a track record of having put up thousands, if not tens of thousands, of residential and office complexes in the country.
In this particular case, the mammoth building under construction employs hundreds of workers. When complete, it will house some of India’s top companies, who would pay huge rentals for the space they would occupy.
All this combined money-generating activity would contribute to the country’s declared goal of becoming a five trillion dollar economy, and taking it a step forward to becoming a First World nation.
Great news. Except for one thing. The worker having to pee on the street because, in planning this great commercial project, no one had thought to provide the most basic of toilet facilities for those employed in it.
We can have five trillion dollar and First World dreams, but till we get rid of our Third World mindset these dreams will remain just dreams.
The moral of the story: Before we jump to a five trillion dollar conclusion, let’s learn to loo before we leap.
DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own.