Essay on If I were the Prime Minister of India (free to read). If ever I am lucky enough to become the Prime Minster of India, I shall bring about tar-reaching changes in various fields.
First of all, I shall try my level best to make my country a strong and self respecting nation. India will be a great power and no other country will dare attack India.
The second thing I will do will be the fullest and genuine attention to the poorest and the lowliest. I shall endeavour to give full employment to at least one member of each house-hold. It will be my attempt to keep the prices under control. I shall try to streamline the public distribution system further and supply the essential commodities to the poor at subsidized rates. I shall try to make the taxation system more useful and rational. Whereas the rich may be taxed heavily, the poor and the middle classes will be spared. In my opinion, the salaried people require relief in particular.
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The third thing, to which I shall devote my energy, is the education system. I shall raise its standard and make it based on merit and for all. The examination system will be over-hauled, so that there is no copying and the real merit of a student is readily discernible. Much more attention will be given to admission to professional colleges on the basis of merit. There will be reservation only on economic grounds and not on caste basis.
The fourth thing deserving my fullest attention will be the population control. Without it, our country will be ruined. Then I shall also take care of important and productive fields like agriculture, industry, oil production, mining, increase in exports etc. Above all, I shall try to raise the moral standard of the people and make them more patriotic. I shall also try to root out evils of terrorism, communalism, provincialism, drug-taking, dowry system, drinking etc.
Childhood “Heaven lies about us in our infancy,” says Wordsworth. According to him, a child is a seer and a philosopher. A child may not be a philosopher, but certainly, he has in him saintly qualities of innocence love and joy. He is free from malice, hatred and vice. He loves everybody who loves him.
It is said that a child comes from heaven. As such, he has all the heavenly qualities in him. The earth acts as a foster- mother to him and offers all the beautiful temptations and allurements to humor him. In course of time, he forgets heaven, his real mother (or home) and is fully absorbed in the worldly affairs. All the vices of this world take hold of him and virtually he becomes a fallen angel.
Childhood is the golden period of ones life. A child is loved and taken care of by his parents. The parents try their best that the child eats the best, wears the best and gets the best education they can afford. The child is entirely free from worries. It is none of his business to think of and work for earning money. He is fond of play in which he tries to keep himself busy as much as possible.
In childhood, there are some drawbacks. A child is not free to do whatever he likes and go wherever he likes. He depends upon his parent for everything. Sometimes, he cannot express himself properly and has to suffer a lot. Some foolish parents tell their child terrible things and they fear ghosts, thieves, snakes etc.
In India now much more attention is being given to child health and education. Still, it is not enough. Still, the girl child is greatly ignored, especially in poor families and rural and tribal areas. The sex determination tests have played havoc with the girl children. Even their right to life is taken away from them before they can see the light of the day. Childhood is the other name of heaven. Let us substantiate it.
At the age of 11, I was the youngest person elected on the first Bradford and Keighley Youth Parliament.
I remember the adrenaline rush, I felt like I could make a difference. I remember the countless meetings we had with Bradford councillors and MPs, I remember the first column I ever wrote for our local paper at the age of 12. My youth workers, along with the unwavering support of my father, empowered me, they pushed me further then I thought I could ever go. I aspired to be the first Asian prime minister of the UK.
And then I went to study at Bradford Girls Grammar and my world view changed. You see, as I was growing up I was convinced I could put the world to right. I believed racism and poverty would be eradicated. I believed my generation would make the world a better place. My dad tried his best to prepare me for the “real world”. He would say to me “get your head out of the bubble your living in,” or “you’ll soon realise the odds are stacked against you…you’re brown and a woman.”
It was only when I started studying history, literature and politics that the burden of power became apparent. The sheer responsibility of those in leadership. And the struggle of those who are a minority living within an indigenous community.
I recognised the theory of utility - the idea that the greatest good for the greatest number of people. I was told politicians had to make decisions and just sometimes there is a sacrifice. This is apparent now, more than ever.
So, what would I do as Prime Minister?
Education would be free, partly to eradicate my own student debt, but also because it opens your mind. It enables you to critically examine life, and every individual needs to experience that without having to worry about money. I would invest in youth. Young people’s views are fresh and dynamic. For a short while we are passionate, and ready to take on the world.
We need more mentors to help guide the youth. Take Bradford for example, it has the youngest population in Europe, we have scarce job employment, low educational attainment and many of my friends who were born and studied here have had to move away to pursue their careers.
If I were Prime Minister I would encourage all to celebrate difference. There is beauty in diversity. I would encourage communities to come together and to celebrate not only their personal identity but also their collective identity. Generations like mine, who have immigrant parents yet are born British, need to feel like they belong.
In all honesty, If I were Prime Minister, I would lose sleep, eat less and worry more. I do not envy Cameron or Miliband. As Aung San Suu Kyi once wrote “It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it.”Reuse content