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India Today Editor-in-Chief Aroon Purie talks about the magazine's latest and the special issue 'The New Republic' which looks at the challenges ahead including infrastructure, energy, defence, health, water, labour, environment, law and justice, women's welfare and others in country in the next five years.
Political marginalisation has compounded the socio-economic disadvantages and chronic discrimination that stifle India's Muslims.As India turns the page on an economically challenging year, the recovery and reform measures implemented now will prove crucial.Budget and infrastructure restraints have bred inefficiency in the Indian judicial system.India faced the Covid pandemic crisis admirably but with one of the world's lowest health budgets, high costs and poor access, challenges remain.Climate change is set to become the greatest threat to India's future unless we can get our act together.India has achieved near-complete electrification, but there remains a pressing need to revise the country's national tariff policy to make the power sector more efficient and competitive.Digital learning will be the game changer even as the new education policy holds promise of a knowledge revolution.The armed forces face the gigantic security challenge of modernising the military machine with the enemy at the gates.India has done well in terms of passenger traffic and connectivity. Now it has to focus on upgrading services.Giving women their due must begin with changing perceptions and creating a level playing field.The pandemic caused an unprecedented employment crisis. The government must boost job creation.Manufacturing can be a powerful growth engine. In India, compliances, policy uncertainty and low innovation have the sector stuck in low gear.The railways hope private participation will help it tackle some of its woesIndia has improved solar capacity and use. It is now well on its way to making the switch to non-fossil fuels.Infrastructure will play a crucial role in the post-pandemic economyDespite progress, SCs are yet to achieve total empowerment.STs are struggling to keep pace with modern economic life.Whether it's infrastructure, jobs or skilling, rural india needs a paradigm shift in policy and approach.With India's innate scientific prowess, increased R&D Spending could reap great rewards down the line.The services sector has seen steady growth since the '50s, though it was badly hit by the pandemic.The Sagarmala Initiative and the push to use Inland waterways will determine the course For Indian shipping.What ails our exports? Infra bottlenecks, inability of firms to exploit scale, higher import tariffs that stymie margins on finished goods, the list is endless.Our cities will be the drivers of future growth, but only sound policy and big funding can gear them up for the role.While India's obsession with cricket has by no means diminished, doors are slowly opening up in the country for other sports too.The government goes into mission mode to ensure clean and safe drinking water for all its citizens.The telecom revolution has transformed forever India's socioeconomic landscape.The farmers' protests disguise a deeper problem. Reforms are essential for the sector to prosper.