So far, the year 2020 has been quite disappointing for all of us and we can’t really do much about it instead of staying at home to stay safe. The situation has hit us hard with the unpredictability of life and how the world will be post-pandemic. If there’s one most important thing that the pandemic has taught us then it has to be self-reliance. Be it normal household or a workplace, kids or adults, rich or poor, man or woman; the pandemic has made everyone independent and ‘atmanirbhar’.
Self-reliance isn’t a new concept that our leaders have been striving to achieve as a nation and of late, the term has gained renewed importance thanks to the speech by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In May, Modi had addressed the nation and urged everyone to be ‘atmanirbhar’ to revive the country’s economy. It was followed by the ban on Chinese products including 59 Chinese apps. Because of the escalating tension between India and China, as an act of retaliation, the Indian government has decided to boycott Chinese products. Now the emphasis is on ‘Make In India’ which is another step to achieve self-reliance of our country.
Six years back, in 2014, a Swadeshi movement, Make In India, was launched by the Government of India, as part of a wider set of nation-building initiatives, to encourage companies to manufacture products in India. Make in India is much more than an inspiring slogan and finally in 2020, we can see the passion that is required to make a progress in the movement. Not only Make In India, Vocal For Local too, has emerged as a great idea yet again, and hopefully these concepts will help develop India as a self-reliant nation. The Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) were affected due to the pandemic and the government is ensuring to help them in the best way they can.
Since we live in a Bollywood obsessed nation, encouraging and boosting a concept via a film have proved to be an influential step. 2018 film, ‘Sui Dhaaga’ is the journey of a small-town couple finding their path to build their own business by sticking to their roots and had emphasised on the importance of ‘Made In India’. Similarly, to make India self-reliant or ‘atmanirbhar’, supporting and promoting local brands is important.
A part of Tripura Rehabilitation Plantation Corporation Limited, Tripura’s tribals have come together to make eco-friendly and sustainable hand-crafted bamboo water bottles to become economically independent. Famous for bamboo crafts, the bottles in Tripura are made out of locally available materials.
A Thane-based 18-year-old boy, Arjun Deshpande is the founder of Generic Aadhaar, which is a startup that purchases generic quality medicines from government-approved manufacturing units and sells at prices that are 80 percent lower compared to the market. Arjun was only 14 when he came up with the idea and he also received a minor investment from Ratan Tata.
Co-founders of Zerund Bricks, Rupam Choudhury, Mousum Talukdar, and David Pratim Gogoi, based out of Guwahati, Assam, have developed a patented Plastic Embedded Lightweight Brick. These bricks offer 10-12% more thermal insulation than conventional bricks, which means that a structure made using them would be cooler in the summers and warmer in the winters and are not only super cost-effective but also 10% lighter than conventional bricks.
Did you know there’s a company that will collect waste from your doorstep and pay you? Hyderabad-based Bintex is a startup that picks up recyclable dry waste right from your doorstep, which will then go to different channels for recycling. It was founded in 2018 and an individual will have to register on the mobile app to schedule a pick-up.
Since we have to live the ‘new normal’ due to the 2020 pandemic, every household is sanitizing the essentials they’re buying from the market. A zero-chemical device, CoronaOven was developed in less than two weeks by Pankaj Sharma and Akshay Singhal. This device is used to disinfect grocery items, food items (including fruits and vegetables), water bottles, and utensils.
The best way forward is to support local businesses and aim for Make In India to reach its zenith. If you want the readers to know your story on being self-reliant, write to us on firstname.lastname@example.org or join #MyBlogUs community.