There is no doubt that this country has progressed beyond recognition in its 56 years of existence. For the first half of those years, there were even doubts about whether we would in fact survive as a nation. Indias unity and integrity and the nations survival and growth through turbulent and testing times has put paid to the negativism of the Balkanisers. On the economic front too, this country has done well by historical standards. After a half century of virtually zero per cent growth in 1900-1950, Free India first grew at 3.5 per cent for three decades and then at close to 6 per cent for the next two. As Dr Arun Shourie has documented in his essay in The Indian Express this week, there are great success stories of Indian enterprise that give us confidence to deal with the world. The human development indicators show progress unimaginable at the time of Independence. When we compare where we are with where we were, we have reasons to be proud. But, when we compare where we are with where some of our equals are today, then we see that we lag behind and have much to catch up. The task at hand is onerous, yet exciting and promising. There is much talk of a feel good factor in the economy these days. This can prove ephemeral if it is not sustained by increased investment and consumer spending. Investing in the temples of modern India will help, nothing else can.