India in the 21st century is an incredibly fascinating and complex place. Filled with vibrancy, color and often chaos it can be both exhilarating and exhausting. Over the past year our Democracy has been strengthened by a strong anti corruption movement, and several landmark judgements by our Courts – convicting corrupt politicians. India is demanding and getting better and more accountable Governance. As a candidate for Parliamentary elections in 2009, and 2014 this gives me great hope. In this blog I would like to share my perspective on India and how it is changing – in many ways for the better.


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  1. Respected madam,

    Season’s Greetings!

    I am an eleventh grade commerce student from RN Podar School with a keen interest in Banking and a genuine passion for social welfare. I strongly believe that financial inclusion of under-banked and unbanked sectors is the need of the hour, since financial insecurity is the root cause of all socio-economic evils.This will positively contribute to the Indian economy and to the progress of the nation as a whole. However, a massive chunk of the Indian population is ignorant of the banking sector and we have adopted a project that addresses this very issue at the grass root level.

    My fellow students and I have have begun our beta-project on financial inclusion through financial literacy, which we call ‘Project Samriddhi.’ It aims to create awareness about financial and banking products and reach out to the urban poor and rural India through the rural population working in urban areas. The ultimate objective being financial security for every family through creation of bank accounts, life insurance policies and Mediclaims since this section of the population is most vulnerable to financial crises. It is also to be noted, at the base of the pyramid, most households have single bread earners and hence, the dependency on this bread earner is monumental.

    Within our limited resources, we have been able to achieve the following:

    We have educated the support staff (peons, cleaners, junior lab staff, etc) of our school. Based on their level of education, we have divided them into two groups and customized the content to address their specific needs, under the guidance of our teachers.

    Our content comprehensively covers various practical aspects like the procedure for getting an Adhar card to facilitate the opening of a bank account, details about NFAs, instructions on how to fill a cheque, how to withdraw and deposit money, importance of life insurance, medical insurance, utilisation of savings like FDs, recurring deposit schemes etc and advantages of formal credit from banks. We students, are in the process of getting a group insurance policy for the support staff of our school.

    I have read many of your statements and publications where you have spoken about financial inclusion and sustainable banking. It would be extremely encouraging for us if you could kindly spare an hour out of your busy schedule to address us, young minds as Chief Guest at our assembly, school premises at 1 PM, on the 13th of November, 2013.

    Ma’am, I’m sure you would agree that only the youth has the power and the fervor to bring about a revolution. It is inspirational to see that you have taken it upon yourself to transform the Indian Banking sector and we, the youth of the country aspire to be a part of your endeavor, given an opportunity.

    Awaiting your favorable response at the earliest.

    Thanking you,

    Warm regards,
    Mahima Dev.(mahima.dev@rnpodarschool.com)

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