Q. Elucidate the challenges faced by a newly independent India.01 Jul, 2021 GS Paper 1 Geography
- Start the answer by briefly mentioning the independence of India.
- Discuss the various Challenges faced by India post independence
- Conclude Suitably.
After a long struggle for freedom, India became independent from colonial rule on 15th August 1947. However, independence brought with itself a slew of social, economic and political problems.
Various Challenges faced by India post independence
- Partition: Partition was marked with large-scale communal violence. Apart from it, the legacy of Partition is responsible for the origin of the Kashmir problem and consequent war with Pakistan.
- Also, India needed to provide rehabilitation of a large number of refugees.
- Mass Poverty & Illiteracy: At the time of Independence, the incidence of poverty in India was about 80% or about 250 million. Famines and hunger pushed India to take external help for its food security.
- Ensuring Unity In Diversity: A newly independent India, needed to maintain the unity and sovereignty of the country, majorly on account of challenges emanating from assimilation of princely states.
- The boundaries of the British Indian provinces had been drawn and redrawn in a haphazard manner without any thought to cultural and linguistic cohesion.
- Low Economic Capacity: Stagnant agriculture and poor industrial base. In 1947, agriculture accounted for 54% of India’s GDP. At the time of independence, 60% of India’s population depended on agriculture for a living.
- Cold-War Tensions: Most of the developing countries were band-wagoning either of the two superpowers USA or the Soviet Union.
- India followed a policy of Non-Alignment to stay away from cold-war politics and focus on its internal development.
Owing to the socio-economic and political challenges, on the eve of independence, many british scholars predicted that India as a nation will not survive.
However, it was due to India’s strong commitment to its constitutional principles that led India to not only survive as a nation but also to emerge as the leader of the newly independent countries.
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