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Thursday, August 15, 2002


What does I-day mean to you all? It seems to be a magical day full of hope and anticipation for the great future to come. Call me gullible, call me naive, but I do believe India is going to be the perfect country, and we'll capture poverty very soon. However no one will come with a magic wand and do it. We need to do it.

For that to happen, we need to correct some of our past mistakes. Firstly, dump socialism, in all forms. The government has started privatising with a zest that is good, but also needs to be stepped up. Secondly, revamp the legal system. There are too many bottlenecks. Thirdly, we need to create laws to make the individual rights stronger. If someone issues a fatwa against Valentine's Day celebrations, the fatwa issuer should be more scared of its consequences than the young couples who wish to celebrate it.

We need to make changes. Towards change, towards prosperity!