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In formulating our vision of the future India, it is important to see beyond the limits of the
immediate past to rediscover the greatness that is India. Although the present Republic of India is
a young developing nation, our people have a rich and illustrious history as one of the longest

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living civilizations in the world. In 1835, even the British historian and politician, Lord Macaulay,
admitted before the British Parliament: "I have traveled across the length and breadth of India and
I have not seen one person who is a beggar, who is a thief. Such wealth I have seen in this country,
such high moral values, people of such caliber… the very backbone of this nation, which is her
spiritual and cultural heritage….."1

Thus, it would be wrong to state that in 1947 India started to
construct a modern nation from scratch. Rather, it began the process of rediscovering its rich cultural
and spiritual values that had formed the foundation of India in the past. It is on this foundation that
we seek to formulate our vision of India 2020.

It is indeed a challenge to formulate a cohesive vision for India in 2020. Therefore, we
thought it appropriate to seek inspiration from one who had a clear vision and possessed the gift to
articulate it in a manner that has inspired the hearts and minds of countless Indians. The vision
articulated by Rabindranath Tagore is all encompassing in every sense. In Annexure I, we identify
eight components of the vision reflected in the following poem and attempt to translate them in
operational terms for India Vision 2020.

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high.

Where knowledge is free.

Where the world has not been broken up into fragments

By narrow domestic walls.

Where words come out from the depth of truth.

Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection.

Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way

Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit.

Where the mind is led forward by Thee

Into ever-widening thought and action.

Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

Rabindranath Tagore

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TheAwakening Ray, Vol. 4, No. 5, The Gnostic Centre.

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Engines of Economic Growth

• Educational levels are rising rapidly.

• Rates of technological innovation and application are accelerating.

• Cheaper and faster communication is dissolving physical and social barriers, both
within the country and internationally.

• Information is being made available in greater quantity and quality than ever
before.
• Globalisation is opening up new markets.

A vision is a statement of aspirations and intentions, and therefore, it is essential that we
fully recognise the need for determined effort to transform all these potentials into realities.

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