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Note from the Deputy Chairman

Salman Anees Soz, Deputy Chairman, AIPC & Regional Coordinator, AIPC North Zone

India’s Course Correction and AIPC

Congratulations to the AIPC Inspire! team for bringing out the next edition of our magazine. The team has worked exceptionally hard to compile timely, relevant, and interesting content that I am certain will hold the attention of AIPC Fellows.

India is going through a very challenging time. Established social norms of civility and togetherness are coming under increasing pressure. India’s democratic experiment is under strain. Institutions that are critical for our progress are floundering. Inherent structural weaknesses were exposed and exacerbated by Covid-19.

It should therefore be no surprise that India’s economic prospects are far worse now than they were just a decade ago. There are now more poor people in India and millions of middle class dreams have crumbled. Small businesses have taken a beating and millions of jobs have been lost, including those belonging to the professional class. To make matters worse, cost of living is higher as a result of government policies that seek to tax more when the economy is stuck in a quagmire of low growth, high fiscal deficits, high youth unemployment, rising inequality, and persistent banking sector problems.

We know that India is headed in the wrong direction. But the challenge for us is to propose alternatives that resonate with the Indian public. As I write in my essay on India’s diminishing middle class, there is plenty that we can do to confront the challenges India faces. However, it will require a steadfast adherence India’s founding values as well as modern and innovative approaches to governance. Our approach should focus on what works for people in different parts of the country. A highly decentralized approach that puts people first is what will see India through these difficult times.

Forget the government’s spurious claims of an improved business climate. More wealthy Indians are looking to other countries for citizenship than citizens of any other country. And some of the wealthiest who remain in India appear to be controlling the nation by financing the ruling party’s misgovernance. This is the worst of all possible outcomes.

It is here that we in AIPC have a role to play. We know that India is headed in the wrong direction. But the challenge for us is to propose alternatives that resonate with the Indian public. As I write in my essay on India’s diminishing middle class, there is plenty that we can do to confront the challenges India faces. However, it will require a steadfast adherence India’s founding values as well as modern and innovative approaches to governance. Our approach should focus on what works for people in different parts of the country. A highly decentralized approach that puts people first is what will see India through these difficult times.

I am confident AIPC Fellows can contribute to this endeavour. In my interactions with Fellows from different parts of the country, I am constantly amazed by the talent we have. From lawyers to environmentalists to teachers and doctors and other professionals and entrepreneurs, AIPC is a big talent pool. The Indian National Congress is fortunate to have access to this talent pool and I am grateful to all of you for volunteering your valuable time and effort to our cause.

India is going through a very challenging time. Established social norms of civility and togetherness are coming under increasing pressure. India’s democratic experiment is under strain. Institutions that are critical for our progress are floundering. Inherent structural weaknesses were exposed and exacerbated by Covid-19.

Once again, a big thank you to the team behind AIPC Inspire!. You should be proud of your effort! Thank you for letting me be part of the journey.

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