28 January 2014

Ghana: Don't Despair Over Economic Challenges

The new Indian High Commissioner to Ghana, Jeeva Sagar has urged Indian youth not to despair over the current slowdown of the country's economy.

According to him, the green shoots of revival are already visible. The agricultural growth in the first half of this year has recorded 3.6 percent of gross domestic product (GDC) and rural economy is buoyant.

Mr. Sagar told Indians and their Ghanaian counterparts on the eve of the 65th Republic Day of India in Accra: "The last decade witnessed the emergence of India as one of the fasted growing economies in the world. The slowdown of our economy in the last two years can be some cause for concern but none for despair".

He was hopeful that "2014 is a precipice moment in our history. We must discover that sense of national purpose and patriotism, which lifts the national above and across the abyss; and back on to the road of prosperity.

Give the youth jobs and they will raise the villages and cities to 21st century standards. Give them a change and you will marvel at the India they can create".

This change will not come if India does not get a stable government. This year, we will witness the 16th Election to our Lok Sabha.

Mr. Sagar advised that a fractured government, hostage to whimsical opportunists, is always an unhappy eventually. In 2014, it could be catastrophic. Each one of us is a voter; each one of us has a deep responsibility; we cannot let India down. It is time for introspection and action, he added.

India must find its own solutions to its problems. We must be open to all knowledge; to do otherwise would be to condemn our nation to the misery of stagnant mire, the Indian High Commissioner stated.

On Corruption, Mr. Sagar noted it is a cancer that erodes democracy, and weakens the foundations of our state. If Indians are enraged, it is because they are witnessing corruption and waste of national resources. If governments do not remove these flaws, voters will remove governments, he advised.

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