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English Essay on “A Vision of the Twenty First Century” Complete Essay, Paragraph, Speech for Class 10, Class 12 and Graduation and other classes.

A Vision of the Twenty First Century

Like that of most others, my vision of the country in the twenty-first century is also tempered by hopes of betterment in all aspects of living. Considering the progress Indian society has made so far, particularly in the period following Independence, such hopes are reasonable and certainly not unfounded. By believing in the dictum that ‘the future is merely an extension of the present’, it should be possible for us to build up a sound idea about what is in store. But the rather depressing reality of the present does, somewhat, dampen the optimism in our hopes. It does demoralize us and creates in us a sense of despair. The key to a healthy vision of the future is in building up our resolve to fight the ills of the present. Thus, before we envision the future, we should analyze and appraise the present as best as we can. The better our appraisal of the present, the sharper our vision of the future will be…

Though we know the present better than either the future or the past, and have the opportunity to understand it better than both the other periods, knowing the present is not an easy task. The spread of information may have become very effective, but the complexities of our society can severely manipulate or curtail information flow. Hence, a single development will invite different interpretations. Different people, depending on their individual viewpoints, will understand the same development differently. The scope for such variety in understanding is so enormous, that the advantages the present has to offer -of direct experience and firsthand knowledge are considerably reduced. The onus will, therefore, be on approximation rather than on accuracy. We shall have to collect evidence from all possible, sources and finally arrive at-a reasonable approximation of what the reality is. This approximation will certainly affect the quality of the vision of our future; but nevertheless, by making our approximation meaningful and sensible, we can make our vision quite realistic.

Alongside the fruits of our progress, exist the curses of our society, like poverty, unemployment, lack of education, inadequate healthcare facilities and population increase, which will exert adverse pressure, both on the environment the reservoir which feeds our hopes and on the facilities we have created to make living a worthwhile experience. Our future will be bright only, -if we can motivate ourselves adequately to solve our problems.

Besides our zest for solving our numerous problems and our determination to overcome the various challenges before us, it is our willingness to correct our past mistakes that actually gives vitality to our vision. But, from what we happen to see and experience around us, it is doubtful whether we are sensitive and sincere enough to recognize our mistakes. It was our mistrust of one another, and-the lack of cooperation and solidarity among ourselves, that enabled others to colonize our country. Though we could win our independence only after a long and protracted struggle, during which much pain and suffering were caused, it seems, when we consider our tendency to fight among ourselves even now, for very frivolous reasons that we fail to fully acknowledge the price we paid for our freedom. The prospect of success and prosperity in the future is based on our preference for these virtues of unity, integrity and solidarity among the disparate communities that live in our country; on our determination to safeguard these virtues at all costs. We may safely assume that every other aspect of development, be it in the field of industry, welfare, trade and education, with follow, if we remain united.

The drawbacks to our development are evident from the way we are governed. Even though we claim to have a democratic government, its attitude towards us resembles that of medieval monarchs and feudal lords towards their kingdoms and fiefdoms. The governments in free India have been behaving like all-powerful, well-endowed benefactors, purportedly taking care of the welfare of the people. Being armed with sweeping powers, some wings of the government, particularly the police and sections of the bureaucracy, behave like mandarins, demanding unquestioned compliance of their orders-by the people. When the scope for powerful controls gets added to the arrogance and corruption of the politicians, the desperation and hopelessness of the people increase several fold.

The unhealthy conduct of some in the bureaucracy and the political class is defended on the grounds that the people, owing to their backwardness, are unable to take care of themselves properly. While such an argument is reasonable to an extent, it loses much of its credibility when we consider that, despite working towards improving the lot of the people for over five decades, the governments have failed in their primary responsibility to ensure the security and welfare of the people. However, though the efforts in the period since Independence have not satisfactorily improved the lot of the people, no effort should be spared or no reasonable alternative be ignored to make the people realize their own worth and to encourage them to contribute to their collective welfare. Material progress will have no meaning, unless it substantially enriches the happiness of the entire society. Focus on human welfare, and the creation of facilities for social progress through it, should be the guiding theme of our vision of the twenty first century.  Such ‘an attempt shall create a society in which the need for governance, as practiced now is hardly needed. We shall them have the ideal government, which quite paradoxically, is defined as that which governs the least. It is quite clear that the edifice of our vision of the future, in order to be strong and durable, has to be buttressed by virtuous initiatives taken in the present. Let us, therefore, concern ourselves with our duties in the present and help the future take care of itself.


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