This is the transcript of the last year’s Lead India campaign by TOI.
“There are two Indias in this country.
One India is straining at the leash, eager to spring forth and live up to all the adjectives that the world has been showering recently upon us.
The other India is the leash.
One India says, give me a chance and I’ll prove myself. The other India says, prove yourself first and maybe then you’ll have a chance.
One India lives in the optimism of our heart. The other India lurks in the skepticism of our minds.
One India wants. The other India hopes.
One India leads. The other India follows.
But conversions are on the rise. With each passing day more and more people from other India have been coming over to this side. And quietly, while the world is not looking, a pulsating, dynamic new India is emerging.
History, they say, is a bad motorist. It rarely signals its intentions when it is taking a turn.
This is that rarely-ever moment. History is turning a page.
For more then half a century, our nation has sprung, stumbled, run fallen, rolled over, got up, dusted herself and cantered, sometimes lurched on. But today, as we begin our 60th year as a free nation, the ride has brought us to the edge of time’s great precipice.
And one India – a tiny little voice at the back of the head – looking down at the bottom of the ravine and hesitating.
The other India is looking up at the sky and saying, it’s time to fly.”