What has 65 years of independence done for our country? Corruption is commonplace, crime is on the increase, rape has become a right for men, children begging on the streets and suicides are on the rise. These are the things that make news today.

Is there a possibility for the nation to change? India needs a socialist economy which puts first the welfare of the people.

When scores of educated youth are unemployed, children are illiterate, common man cannot acquire basic facilities and health, it is ironic to say that India is a democratic country.

Everyone should be treated equally. People need to make positive changes to the administration. Our country has a long way to go.

A.S. Rithik Kumar, VIII C, Sainik School, Udumalpet, Tirupur