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Developing India Since Independence

Updated on January 31, 2017
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IRSHAD CV is an economics student. He likes to deal with Indian economy and related affairs.


Today, India is considered as a developing country or a third world country. achieving development is a great dream of every nation. So, when analyzing the history of India, it claim a long tradition from ancient time onwards. But in the modern times, from 17th century onwards the background of India changed profoundly. Because India become a colony of different powers. So, naturally India and its people suffered many burdens. As a part of the colonization the Indian tradition and culture began to get changed. British was the main rulers of India about two centuries. At last, after the Second World War India got freedom from colonialists. The post World War II and the independence of India, was in a bad situation. That was the Indian people were highly suffered the problems of famine, unemployment, lack of necessary facilities etc. any way Jawaharlal Nehru was a well experienced freedom fighter who became the first Prime Minister of independent India. Along with this the authority of the Indian government was in a busy to solve the problems of the country. as a part of this Jawaharlal Nehru adopted the five-year planning program for the development of the India.

Now, India passed more than 60 years of independence. The progress or the story of Indian development was a bulky one to describe. Here the purpose of this hub is to analyze what are the developmental achievements in Independent India. So, this hub is a study about India after independence with comparing to the period of colonizations. For the purpose of simplicity, the entire topic or data can be classified in to four major categories like

I ) Social developments

II) Economical developments

III) Science and technology

IV) Infrastructure developments

I) Social Developments

When we say a country as a developed one we must consider the social development. Because the social achievements are the basic tools to measure the development of any country. social development consist of different factors like education, health care, lack of gender discrimination, standard of life etc. let us analyze each of the factors separately.

a) Education

Education is the basic requirement of any society to being modernized one or to achieve the progress in the society. Before the arrival of colonialists, the education system existed in India was not modernized. The system was entirely traditional one. after the establishment of colonial domination, British introduced the English education in India. Anyway, British authority gave importance for the primary education, but was not much successful. But that was a milestone in the modern educational history of India. After getting independence, the literacy rate of India in 1951 was constrained to 18.33%. that shows the majority of the people were illiterate. After there adopted different strategic steps as a part of five-year plan to promote the education in the society. In 2002, India passed an Act, by which every child between 6 – 14 year old must access the free education. Later in 2010, the right to education listed fundamental right. Further there came different programs for the promotion of women education, off campuses etc.

The current literacy rate as per the 2011 census of India reported 73% . and now, there are more than 600 universities and more than 30000 colleges, Medical Colleges, IITs…. Functioning in India. But the hundred per cent literacy rate is still see as a dream. An outstanding development of India in the field of education is the facility of primary school. The primary education is available for each child within 2 Kilo meter.

b) Women community

women community is a unavoidable part of any country. they are in need of better consideration. The condition of women community in India is not favorable one. so, there are different schemes for the women empowerment in India. As mentioned above Indian literacy rate is 73 %. In which women literacy rate is 64.6% while men literacy rate is 80.9 %. Which showing the wide gap between women and men community. Further there can be see discrimination in terms of opportunities among men and women.

Even though the condition of women community are increasing there exist few exceptions. Recently many news reports are came about the women attack. Government also trying to ensure the women safety and stability through different programs. Today women are very actively working in different fields of the country. government arguing for the women reservation in local self governments. But still there exist many issues.

c) Health care

India achieved many benefits from the last 60 years in the health care system. Today, there are many medical colleges, research centers etc are functioning in the country. As a part of this the infant mortality rate declined and the life expectancy of an Indian increased to about 66 years. At the same time there are many problems existing in the medical field. The rural areas of the country are not much enjoying these benefits. For this government implementing many schemes like NRHM (National Rural Health Mission).

d) People and Family system

The old culture of India gave more importance for group family. But in modern times people are interesting in small families. So, domestic migration is also increasing.

Indian society comprises many different religions. But there existed many unwanted or bad beliefs. Untouchability and caste system were among them. After getting independence, the government of India banned such social evils legally. Today, the condition of Indian people increased largely compared to the medieval time of India.

The majority of Indian lands are rural area. But rapid urbanization become a common phenomenon in India. The impacts of education and industrialization promoting Indian rural areas to change in to urban area.

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II) Economic Developments

Economic developments is also very significant one in the development of any country. we can consider it as a backbone of the this 21st century Indian economy is one of the most discussing matter among other country even India considering as a developing country. In short, Indian economy has a bright future. But a better proper plan is very vital to develop such a brilliant economy. Mainly Indian economy consist of agriculture, industries etc. Let us analyze each of them separately.

a) Agriculture

Indian agriculture is very necessary one for the Indian economy. Because there are many rural area and rural people depending on agriculture for their livelihood. During the initial stage of colonial rule, Indian villages were attained self sufficiency. But as the impact of commercialization of agriculture more farmers turn to cultivating cash crops instead of food crops. When India become an independent country there existed the problem of food shortage. Then India suffered the same problem till 1990s. because Indian economy was in the trap of inflation, famine etc. After the green revolution Indian agricultural productivity increased steadily. Today India export many food items. But the challenges of high poverty rate is surviving. Now, many experts are arguing for a second green revolution in Indian agriculture.

b) Industry

From olden time onwards Indian industry was a renounced one. during that time, the industrial set up was entirely traditional. There were many artisans and handicraft products, which attracted the world market. After the colonization, it began to spread the modern industries and the economic set up of India also began to change. Colonialists setup factories across the country.

The industrial sector can be further divided as large scale industries and medium and small scale industries. The large or mega scale industries are functioning mainly on the urban area and the medium and small scale industries are highly concentrate on the rural area of the country. now, industrial sector become as a vital one and there introduced specialist banks functioning for the development of Indian industry. Today industrial sector is one of the major contributor to the national income and it is also a developing trend in India.

III) Science and Technology

Compared to the old time India developed many advanced tools in the field of science and technology. India set up ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) in 1969. In 1975 India sent first satellite Aryabhatta. Then India invented many advanced satellites and research materials. Today Indian achievement in the space technology having high quality and recognized by all. The space technology of India enables the country to smooth the functions of various fields like communication, scientific research etc.

In the field of Nuclear power India achieved many milestones. The initial steps in this field was started in 1958 and now it proved that India can develop more. Further the scientific and technological developments can be also see in different fields like medicine, automobiles, electronics, defense research etc.

IV ) Infrastructure Facility

We can say good infrastructure is the lifeblood of any country. there must be some basic infrastructure facilities, then only the country can grew. Better infrastructure facilities are assisting the country to reduce the complexity of activities. Anyway, the most important infrastructure facilities are communication and transportation. Let us analyze each of them separately.

a) communication

generally the communication tools of Indian people includes Telephones, Mobile phones, Internet etc. the popularity of mobile phone increasing rapidly. India host second place in terms of Telephone network. The internet facilities are also spreading very vastly in to the rural area of the country.

b) transportation

rail and road transportation are the common form of movement of people. Indian road network is the second largest one in the world and railway network is the second largest in Asia. Both of them are also using for the purpose of domestic trades. Sea transportation is also significant one, because India is a sub-continent. There are about 200 small and large ports. These facilities are highly supporting the international trade. Air transportation is also functioning in India. Airports are located at cities of different parts of India. This is also supporting the tourism sector and international trade etc.


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      srsddn 3 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      icv, nice enumeration and description of development on various issues after independence in India. Thanks for sharing this useful information.

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      IRSHAD CV 3 years ago from India, Kerala

      Thanks srsddn for your inspiring comment

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      Debadri roy 2 years ago

      Gud! keep it up.

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      reader 2 years ago

      thanks for the info... but it wasn't enough!

      there is more to development and advances in india, that could have been added.

      And there are many dramatical errors too.

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      IRSHAD CV 2 years ago from India, Kerala

      @ reader ... i agree that India facing many challenges... but we can analyze many developmental progress too

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      pramodgokhale 2 years ago from Pune( India)

      India is an icon in third world but now India needs to share global responsibilities and free trade and commerce with small nations.

      India can offer funds and technology to Africa and South America .

      Indian corporate s are not keen to make it . They get income in domestic market.

      Our old fashioned socialism and controlled economy spoiled our progress but now we can change and rebuild our economic structure.

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      IRSHAD CV 2 years ago from India, Kerala

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