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As India gears up for the 77th year of its independence, India Today’s Rajdeep Sardesai brings to you a debate between the leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the opposition party Congress, about their ideas of India. BJP MP Jayant Sinha said his idea of India is based on prosperity and sustainability, while Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said he believes in the idea of an inclusive India. 

Sinha said, after 100 years of independence, he envisions India as a superpower that would be driven by prosperity and sustainability. “By 2047, we will end poverty in India. The focus would be on regional growth, which is crucial for prosperity and sustainability,” he said. He further noted that a strong safety net is very important for prosperity, along with a world-class education system. “For us to achieve genuine prosperity, it has to be based on the foundation of rock solid constitutional democracy,” he said, adding that a sophisticated military is also crucial. 

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, while highlighting that he does not disagree with anything that Sinha has said, emphasised that his idea of India starts at the basics. “My idea of India is rather basic – an inclusive India,” Tharoor said. Noting that India has an inclusive Constitution, Tharoor further said that the idea of an inclusive India is what really matters to him. “We may have differences of caste, colour, creed, cultures, cuisines, clothes. But we still rally around the consensus, which is based on the idea of democracy. Some in the authorities have been questioning this idea of India, even weaponizing history,” he said. The two argued over several issues ongoing in the country as the debate progressed.

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