After a prolonged struggle India got freedom 62 years ago and since then our stupendous growth has made everyone wonder. Our biggest achievement- maintaining a reasonably fair democracy with other things like presence of India across the globe, landing of Chandrayaan on the moon, stable economy, technological growth- are some of the things we can really proud of without being unrealistic.
Perhaps it was our fate [D: it was written] that the unbridled India did not scattered into fragments as expected because of its diversity. India not only protected its sovereignty but became a role model for other counties. Today you can find an Indian in almost everywhere in the world. Could we think a white guy working under a brown before 50 years? It may be a cause for frustration for many people, what is going on in Australia may be such an instance.
Foundation of world class institutions like IITs (yes NITs have miles to go), IIMs, IISc, ISRO, many universities, etc; development of technological infrastructures like gigantic dams, nuclear centers, world class highways and railways, etc; human resource development activities like green and white revolutions, PDS (Public Distribution System), empowering Panchayati Raj- were a quantum leap for the country.
The de facto poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, corruption, lack of proper infrastructure, inaccessible bureaucracy, terrorism, now naxalism and regionalism are some of the problems with hinder our progress with people. Education, Infrastructure and Governance are three areas in my view that should be dealt with proper planning and energy. People especially youth who want to do something important for the nation are aggrieved because of the unfair and lack of opportunity. We are engaged in paltry things like religion, state, caste, etc and so are our representatives at the capital.
We must have proper contingency plans for dealing with floods, droughts, inflation in food prices, any type of economic meltdown, etc. With a sense of Indianism irrespective of the place or environment of our work we can see comfortably that the things achieved so far are only a prelude to the India ahead. When we are successful to make every Indian proud of being an Indian, will be the biggest achievement for us.