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Foreign collaboration vital for development

We must rejoice and celebrate our Independence Day with pride.

India has become independent and has achieved a lot since, but the growth has been largely haphazard, uncontrolled, unsupervised and unplanned. All of us must take a pledge that we will learn the work and perform it. With the passage of time, we will gain excellence and bring good and prosperous days for ourselves. We will not wait for any one to deliver good days to us on a platter for free. This is one aspect that has not been emphasized by any government or any editor so far.

The government has done a laudable job no doubt about it. For example, Lokmanya Tilak station has been upgraded and the construction of several flyovers has eased the traffic on roads. The New T2 terminal has been inaugurated at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in the city. Progress is visible in other cities too in the field of civil construction. Water supply and electric power generation and transmission have not progressed in the manner it is intended to be because we never bothered to learn about the latest technology and work on it. The electric power generation through various methods like transmission, distribution must be taught to the students of 11th and 12th standard.

Similarly water conservation, recycling plants etc; must be taught at this stage. People merely switch on the lights but they do not know how electricity is generated. In the same manner, they open a tap and expect water supply for the entire day without realizing how it comes. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has visited Vietnam and met her Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh. We should develop good working relationship with them especially in utilizing the work force and expertise for ship building, dry docking and repairing. We have mostly been relying on China for transfer of technology.

Good working relationship (no sermonizing or pontification) should be developed with Myanmar. Plenty of fruits, vegetables, pulses can be imported cheaply from there. Philippines have excellent work force. We can utilize their services for imparting training skills to our seafarers. Development and harnessing the human resources is very important. We need to create a big work force by arranging effective skill training and later offering them employment. Strict action must be taken against criminals, arsonists and anti-national elements.

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