Don't want to sound alarmist but i have little reason to be optimistic about our nation's future. here is the reason why i think so:- 1) Politics- India's political climate is characterized by caste and religion based divisive vote bank politics which hinders growth a development. Further more india's political structure is flawed with a very weak central government which is often at war with state governments ruled by opposition parties.Coupled with that the country has a corrupt incompetent and inefficient bureaucracy which ensures that the country always remains a laggard.And as a result the country fails to provide even the most basic services like education,healthcare,sanitation etc etc to it's people. 2) Society - In an era when people in the west are talking of going to mars we have a society that's still stuck in middle ages.Not just the mentality but every aspect of socio economic life.India is filled with caste violence,dowry deaths,female infanticide and all those medieval era horrors! 3) Malnutrition - we all know that half of our children are malnourished but what's more alarming is the fact that malnutrition permanently damages a child.Instead of becoming a boon on india's economy they would end up becoming a burden which would massively affect our economy.Instead of demographic dividend we would end up with demographic disaster. 4) Industrialization - Even after 20 years of liberalization no effort has been put on making india an industrialized manufacturing nation like china. The govt has concentrated only on service sector industries like IT which only benefits a tiny minority.Had indian govt prioritized manufacturing from the start there would have been a massive poverty reduction. Even if India emphasizes manufacturing now there is no guarantee that India would become a second china because india's foundations with regards to industrialization is very weak and not many companies are willing to take huge risks specially when there are countries which are politically more stable,cheaper and provide better infrastructure and are industry friendly. No matter what i am still proud to be an indian! thanks a lot!