The Power of literacy


The Greek philosopher Aristippus once said, "Native ability without education is like a tree without fruit." The power of literacy has become exceedingly evident in the 21st Century, especially in India. Even after 62 years of Independence, illiteracy is still a major problem faced by our country, with only 66 per cent of the adult population being literate.

Literacy not only frees people from their age-old bondage, but also gives them the courage to explore new horizons. However, skilled a person might be in his or her work, illiteracy shackles the person and limits his or her chances of enjoying all the rights and privileges that are given to every Indian citizen.

The prevalence of illiteracy is a grassroots-level problem and it needs to be eradicated in a planned and systematic manner. Only when India achieves complete literacy can we hope to take our country towards a new dawn.

Turni Chakrabarti, XI-U
Delhi Public School, RK Puram

Literacy rules us from the beginning of this world. As we know Plato, Socrates and many of our Indian intellectuals gave us many scientific and philosophical treatises that we follow to this date.

Literacy has developed as the third eye of mankind. For every adventure we need some principles, calculations and practices that can come through only by literacy. The nation cannot be successful and rule the people without literacy. As we have seen there are developed nations, developing nations: the only difference between these nations lies in literacy.

In our country we are proceeding towards achieving high levels o literacy very quickly. But we should do more to reach the goal of maximum literacy. With our firm determination we can achieve this goalsoon.

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