India is widely believed to have arrived on the global stage. The country is celebrated for being one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, meanwhile also being the world’s biggest democracy. They are praised for their elite doctors and engineers and are famous for the Bollywood fueled cultural influence abroad.

However, this is only one side of the second most populated country in the world, India is facing many critical issues that needs to be recognized.

The failing school system, child labor and the unemployment rate among the younger generations are only a small portion of the challenges modern India is facing, but are in this essay the main issues which will be discussed, we will take a deeper look into these challenges and possible solutions for a better and brighter future.

India has the biggest school system in the world but it is also one of the worst. The Indian education system has several problems that hinder the right growth and development of an individual. “At 15, pupils in Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh are five years behind their (better-off) peers in Shanghai.

The average 15-year-old from these states would be in the bottom 2% of an American class.”1 This is a crucial issue since 13% of the population are teenagers, which is a very large number compared to for instance Europe, where teenagers ‘only’ make up about 7%. The children are the future, therefore, it is essential for us to deal with these issues and solve them.

“Education is the most powerful weapon that can be used to change the world.” A very relevant quote said by former South African president and freedom fighter Nelson Mandela, and the meaning behind it is that a good education helps develop the individual personally, socially as well as economically.

Education helps us to acquire new knowledge and skills that will impact not only our development in life but also the development of a country.

In order to see a difference, the Indian schools and colleges have to stop putting so much focus on grades and instead focus on skill development for each individual. One way to do this could be to get the students involved in extracurricular activities rather than keeping them inside a classroom all day.