The Importance of Electricity | Brief Essay

The Importance of Electricity | Brief Essay

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The Importance of Electricity Brief Essay

The Importance of Electricity | Brief Essay

➽ When Lenin came to power in Russia after the success of the Revolution of October 1917, his message to his people was : the Revolution means Socialism and electricity. If a country has capitalism and electricity, its people will be happier, more prosperous and more advanced than the people of a country which has socialism but no electricity. Why? A little thinking will provide the answer.

➽ Supply of drinking water and of water for irrigation by great river schemes and gigantic dams, by tube wells and other scientific devices and at the cheapest prices is a gift of electricity. Electric fans and electric lights cost far less money, time and labour than would be the case otherwise. Electricity (The Importance of Electricity) does for society the work of more human beings than the entire population of the world and at almost no cost. Electricity is earning for us more wealth than millions of hands could ever do.

➽ Electric trains and trams, electric printing presses, the radio, cinema, the factories all over the world run by electricity, the radio messages and photographs from outer space and other planets are other priceless gifts of electricity. With the help of electricity and electricity alone, we can think of an age of plenty for all mankind. Electric heaters and cookers, electric shaving sets are among the gifts of electricity, which, nevertheless, serve useful purposes.

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➽ Thus heavy industries, light industries, cottage industries, a prosperous agricultural system, our food, clothing, water and other vital requirements are all gifts of electricity. All this is what Lenin's message quoted above was meant to convey. Moreover most other gifts of science have been made to render the services they do because of electricity.

➽ There are also untold and incalculable possibilities of electricity. These can be realized if the generation or production of electric power is increased a few thousand million times. If, for example, all roads in every country were serviced with electrically powered motor cars, buses, and such other vehicles, these could carry men over long distances almost at nominal costs. We have already electrical medical treatment and there are immense possibilities of advancement in this field. We have already electrically run traffic control lights and railway signals. We can reasonably hope that men with inventive minds and scientific imagination will be able, in the not distant future, to put electricity to newer and more beneficial uses. The whole world promises to become one nation with the help of electricity. Coal and petrol may not last even till the fifties of the next century. If civilization is not to come to a dead stop, as a result of there being no more coal and no more petrol, we should be able to make electric power take the place of steam and petrol. The globe should be studded with gigantic electricity-producing stations. International co-operation will be needed for these dreams to become a reality.

➽ It it not clear by now that electricity is the single most valuable gift to mankind? Pandit Nehru, inaugurating the opening of the Bhakra Nangal Dam, said that this was a new place of pilgrimage for all Indians. Electricity is the Kamdhenu to supply all our needs. Electricity has placed at our disposal powers which ancient myths and legends attributed to the gods. With prophetic vision Tennyson sang a hundred years ago of 'the fairy tales of science and the wonders that would be'.

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