India, a cradle of diversities, has been experiencing several perceptible changes, most of them leading to the strengthening of the nation-state. But, there are ideological clashes, too, which threaten the country’s cohesiveness.

YS Chowdary believes that Big change that leads to nation-building takes decades and entails each generation to embrace the responsibilities and opportunities that come with the privilege of being citizen of the country. Nation-building is not just a political responsibility. It crucially requires continuous evolution and innovation in technology and economic processes, a sense of togetherness among its people, along with the most pressing mission to integrate the marginalised section of society into the mainstream.

Every large goal is achieved by taking smalls steps. In his home constituency of Andhra Pradesh, Mr Chowdary has adopted Ponnavaram village near Vijayawada under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana where he has introduced digital classrooms in government schools, medical camps and helped build toilets for the households, believing that good quality education, healthcare and a clean environment form three key pillars of nation-building.

For Mr Chowdary, winning elections is not leadership, or let’s say it’s just a part of it. What is important is to continue to advocate for equal representation with or without political office. Once Mr Chowdary retires from political life, he intends to continue with the work that has brought him more satisfaction than any political win.

‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’, fuelled by ‘Make in India’ and other contributing elements, is expected to help India become a $5 trillion economy in a few years. That will play a significant part in nation-building.

Sustainability is his guiding force, with healthcare, education, employment generation and a sustainable water management is his key focus areas.

Mr Chowdary believes healthcare ought to be predictive, preventive and participative. Sustainable healthcare should deliver high-quality care without damaging the environment, must be affordable and deliver positive social impact.

According to Mr. Chowdary, sustainability in education should encompass all school subjects and must extend far beyond the classroom, giving students real-world skills they can use to improve the planet. It provides today’s children with the self-sufficiency they need for tomorrow.

He believes the aging workforce emphasizes the importance of sustainable employment, which is the extent to which workers are able and willing to remain working now and in the future. Fundamental to this are job opportunities for all, including the most marginalised members of society, underpinned by decent wages, and safe working conditions aligned with international ethical principles of employment.

For sustainable water management, using water in a way that meets current, ecological, social, and economic needs without compromising the ability to meet those needs in the future is key.