Fire at ‘Make in India’ event at Girgaum Chowpatty is a stigma on India’s much hyped campaign of manufacturing and producing things on our own shores. Can we as a nation propagate or showcase our capabilities to the world to produce every single commodity in our country when we cannot even conduct an event without an hitch and the fire at the much publicized event amidst foreign dignitaries and other VVIP’s has put our nation to shame.
Crores of rupees were spent on our Prime Minister’s dream Make in India project and Maharashtra government should order a probe into the fire incident and punish all those guilty who put up substandard sets which luckily did not cause loss of lives. We are today living in the world of globalization and while encouragement must be given to domestic produce, we can’t totally do away with imports and commodities or machinery that are of superlative quality will have to be imported from abroad to produce quality products on our shores. We must stress on quality and efficiency instead of ‘Made in India’ to increase our exports to earn foreign exchange which is the key to our success and progress. The ‘Made in India’ theme is a political hype for publicity and we must concentrate and work on practicality than on sentiments. Politicians should first put an end to their foreign trips and then talk about ‘Make in India’ if they are so concerned about our country!
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)