to begin with my very many congrats to the congress led upa. this win has given us a hope like none other at a time when every election pundit was predicting a hung verdict where the cpm's, sp's, bsp's would have run the roast and what a sigh of relief when all these parties will have to sit in the opposition. i always looked at a govt which would either have congress or bjp at the helm and in complete control and concentrate on the problems faced by the country than have a government where they keep obliging and facilitating other coalition partners and their interests, something that has happened repeatedly since 1995 and since we have had a lost era the worst of which was seen in the last five years. with great trust comes great responsibility and all this gets associated with hope and a hope for a better future. we have entered the 21st century and still we have few of the highest number of malnutritioned children and people, still a lot of people go to sleep with out any facilities of shelter or without any food, still majority of us do not have proper sanitation facility, still majority of us have no access to basic health care facilities and this has continued to happen even after the various tall claims that all our political outfits keep making. trust can be won and it takes a long time to build but that can be shattered in no time if those expectations are not met and one hopes we do not enter an era where the vast majority of people feel disillusioned. the present government will do good to appreciate the fact that even today the vast majority of people in our country lives in villages, and it is these people who have to feel that the state is with them and is looking after them because every thing said and done, these are the people who turn out and vote for them in large numbers. my other concern is education, no doubt we have done well in the past two decades on this front but a lot more needs to be done and we need to have generations henceforth which see at least a minimum of 10-12 years of formal education starting from class one. great nations are built by great minds and if the generations to come are well educated one can be more or less assured that the nation will have a great future. the government has delivered well on the primary education, but now the focus has to be on secondary, higher secondary and technical education. we need a huge set of people who have technical training if we are to nurture our dream of being a manufacturing hub that was once spoken of by mr manmohan singh. time a big chunk of budget allocation goes towards setting up more iti and other technical institutes namely engineering, IT, BT, iisc, etc. the doors of higher education have to be opened to foreign universities who can come and open shop in the country, high time we did it or as has happened in the past we will keep loosing great minds and good amount of foreign exchange to off shore locations that take away some very bright minds. with education, employment generation has a direct correlation or people educated but sitting idle are of no use to the country, on the contrary they become a liability on the nation. one would like to see a spirit of entrepreneurship be instilled in the young minds of our nation, india should be known as a nation of entrepreneurs, as it is we are well known to have produced few of the finest managers who have run some very successful businesses all over the world for others. we need to enter an era where indian owned companies based out of india make the maximum number of slots in the top 1000 companies in all the categories. if we can do this we can be rest assured all our employment needs will be well taken care off and india and indians would rule the world as a soft power by taking over various businesses all around the world and not only give employment opportunities to indians in india but to all nationalities across the globe. agriculture sector has to be prioritised and for this there has to be a sound irrigation policy and the much debated topic of joining the rivers of the country has to be implemented in a time bound manner or else we will keep struggling to achieve the much desired 4% growth rate in the sector and there will be no end to the rather notorious farmer suicides. the hydel electricity projects have to implemented which work two way, one use is of course electricity generation but the other is that it increases the water storage capacity of the country which will further boost the irrigation policy. i specifically take this point because i do not want the government to dole out more loan waivers, on the contrary would like to see the same money be used in creation of facilities that do not force us to see the repetition of circumstances under which such dole outs happen. most of the talk of second generation reforms in the agri sector has its roots to the irrigation and if we can take care of this then half of our problems are sorted out. the continuation of the reform process has been well spoken of by various experts and it is high time to give a big push now so that when the globe finds its way out of the recession then they find india as one of the best destinations to make their investments at and dont head else where which has happened in the past. this is the time for the so-called second generation of reforms. single window clearance has to be made a norm and not a one off case to please a few. infrastructure has been one of our biggest weaknesses. government needs to heavily incentivise this sector because we will surely attract some good investments even in these trying times and also this is one sector where break even takes the most time. a country can not progress till the time it is secured both internally and externally. we have played the victim card once too many times and it is high time that we ourselves take responsibility for incidents like numerous bomb blasts, kargil episode, parliament attack, plane hijack, 26/11, etc rather than finger pointing and then go in a deep slumber till the time such an incident happens yet again. no economic progress and activity can be talked of till this very basic is looked into and worked upon in detail. with this we have a huge challenge by the name of maoists which has to be given national importance and not be left as a state law and order issue. just because this has not effected the urban elite does not mean we sleep over this issue. these are just a few of my concerns and with this i wish the next government of india all the best and hope that do not get too stuck with the sexiness of achieving 10% growth rate figure but bring about a plan which sees a wholesome growth of the nation where no one feels left out. with this i hope the govt comes out with laurels that we would all be proud of and not regret it as another case of a lost era.