India, my wise friend wrote the other day, is a land of contrasts and contradictions. It is a land of peace and war, of love and hate and many other emotions. You can spend a lifetime and be none the wiser in trying to understand India’s vast complexities. This subject can therefore easily make a book. I will try and compress it into a few pages.
Love us or hate us, like us or leave us, the one thing anyone can ill-afford to do, is ignore us. Not when one in every six human beings is an Indian. Here are the ten things that make me proud to be Indian and ten that make me sad.
1. Living in a democratic country, chaotic though it may be
714 million Indians have just completed the process of electing a new government. That is the about same as if the entire populations of the US, Russia, Japan, Germany and the UK were to decide to go to the polls together. This will give some perspective to those readers who have never been to India and know little about this country.
It is a matter of great pride that no matter how chaotic this country, as Indians, we are free to kick our leaders out (or re-elect them) every five years, unlike authoritarian regimes which may show quicker progress but at much greater human cost. For me, the free tortoise wins over the dictatorial hare anytime and always.
Women at an election meeting
Connected to this is the fact that the other legs of a democracy – the judiciary, the media and the executive are relatively free and healthy. I use the word “relatively” seriously as there is no such thing as absolute freedom, even in the torchbearer of democracy, the US.
I think it is great to be part of the world’s largest democracy.
India has also survived a brief flirtation with dictatorship in the 1970’s when Indira Gandhi was the Prime Minister. Mercifully, I might add.
2. An emerging global economic, scientific and technological superpower
It is evident to only a few just now. But make no mistake, India is headed towards superpower status. And it could happen sooner than most think. I would wager another 50 years at the most. It is already the fourth largest economy in the world in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP). PPP takes into account the standard of living and the cost of living of different countries and is considered more relevant than the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) which is just the sum of all goods and services produced in an economy.
India has a strong and growing middle class which is put variously at between 200 and 300 million. It also has a young population (median age 25 years) with needs to fill. Both factors point to good things to come. One must also keep in mind that the “middle class” as defined in India is qualitatively different from the “middle class” of the prosperous West.
In terms of scientific and technological achievement, India has contributed vastly to the growth of the Information Technology industry worldwide. From data processing, the Indian IT sector is moving up the value chain to software development and beyond. The distance between Silicon Valley and Bangalore is reducing.
India has one of the world’s largest pools of trained scientific manpower. It is also a significant player in the Pharmaceutical industry worldwide and ahead of many developed nations in space and missile technology. India is only the fifth nation behind Russia, the USA, Japan and China to launch a lunar mission.
3 A Diverse Environment
We are blessed with the best Nature has to offer. Mountains, beaches, deserts, forests, rivers, wildlife and birdlife, to name a few. You have to drive on the highest road in the world to realize the natural beauty and heart-in-your-mouth excitement that is on offer as you cross three mountain passes over 17,000 feet high. Or the joy of lazing in a houseboat in Srinagar or the backwaters of Kerala, while the aroma of fresh fried fish wafts over you and the beer sits nicely around your belly.
4. A culturally vibrant, diverse and hospitable people
To begin to understand India, one must understand its diversity. There are 22 official languages and over 1600 dialects spoken. Nearly 650 different recognised tribes reside across the country. Keeping this cultural diversity alive is part of the challenge ahead, especially given the ever-increasing lure of westernisation.
Travel around India and you will realize that language, dress, food, facial features – virtually everything, is excitingly different between regions. Most visitors to India would also agree that the people are hospitable and open their homes and hearts to foreigners quickly. Another great plus in my book.
Chicken Tikka Masala
5. Indian Cuisine
Ironically, most foreigners identify Indian cuisine with “curry”. Nothing could be more erroneous. With its original Aryan and Dravidian cultures, churned by the influence of visitors and invaders from Central Asia and Europe, food habits and cuisines have evolved over the centuries in India.
The end result is a variety of cuisines – some region-specific, others influenced by the availability of certain ingredients; and yet others evolving from religion-dictated Do’s and Don’ts. If you throw into the mix the exotic spices native to this land you get, arguably, the best food available in the world – tasty, inexpensive and (mostly!) healthy.
Tandoori meats and vegetables, Kashmiri wazwaan, Hyderabadi biryani, the delicate flavors of the Hilsa fish revered in Bengal, or the melt-in-your-mouth fish moilee (a favourite with natives of Kerala and the Konkan coast). All of these and more make for a Gourmand’s feast.
Food for the palate and the soul!!
And surely one must not forget that the British consider Chicken Tikka Masala to be their national dish!
6. The Indian Armed Forces
Among the finest institutions this country has produced are the Indian Armed Forces. When tinpot generals have anointed themselves as Presidents for life in various parts of the world, we can be proud of our Defence forces.
It is the world’s third largest standing army comprising over 1.1 million men in uniform. This institution is totally apolitical and professional in its approach. Its values are largely intact, though how long it can remain isolated from societal values in general, remains an open question. It is also a symbol of the secular nature of the country as people from all over come together to make this organization.
7. The Indian family unit still survives
Despite the many pressures of globalization and westernization, the Indian family unit still survives, especially in the rural areas. In the cities, families have become more nuclear with the younger ones moving out in search of a better life. It is not unusual for unmarried, earning young adults to stay with the parents. Conversely, parents are usually expected to stay with their children during their twilight years. Single parenting is still uncommon.
8. The intense desire for education
Everyone but everyone in India wants their progeny to have as good an education as they can afford. So whether it is a humble daily wage earner whose son is in a municipal school or a scion of the country’s rich and famous being educated at Harvard, the desire to provide the best education burns brightly. The fact that the value of education is recognised augurs well for India.
I am proud also of the education provided by the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the Indian Institutes of Managements (IIMs) which can boast of standards equal to the best in the world at far less cost. Products of these institutions now head global organizations and play a major role in organizations like NASA. Indians are familiar as doctors and scientists in many developed countries.
9. The ability to accept one’s reality
The Indian reality is one of stark contrasts. Mercedes cars jostle for space alongside rickshaws. World-class homes nestle cheek-by-jowl with shanty towns. And yet it seems unlikely that India will ever experience a bloody revolution as seen elsewhere in the world.
There is something in the Indian ethos that makes a person accept his lot. He finds it easy to come to terms with reality even while he dreams of a better life for himself and his children. In a way it implies a helplessness to change our fate - very different to Western thought.
10. The Indian woman
She is the loving wife,and doting mother, the well-groomed, highly articulate super-juggler, balancing her home and professional life.
What makes me proud of the Indian woman is her great dignity, and her commitment to the institution of marriage and family.
Her natural grace, softness, body structure and skin tone make her an epitome of beauty.
Madhubala - my choice for the most beautiful woman in history
Ten Things That Make Me Sad
1. An indisciplined nation
I am convinced that Indians are indisciplined by nature. There is something about the Indian psyche that dislikes authority. Our responses are therefore often like those of a rebellious child. Even when it is something in our own interest. Take the case of using helmets while driving two-wheelers or seat belts while driving cars. The huge resistance to both these life-saving measures is unbelievable.
Take our road traffic. Anyone who has seen or driven on our roads knows what little respect people have for road rules. As some wise man wrote. India must be the only country in the world where the use of a red light at a traffic signal is optional! Unlike other countries, the horn is used as a means of informing other traffic of our presence on the road. This is substantiated by the signs behind many trucks which say “Horn Please” – in other words, tell me you are behind me so I can make way for you to overtake. But then again, was the horn invented for use or was it meant to be for show?
2. An increasingly intolerant nation and a people with little concern for the “other”
It shows in so many ways. From the big issues like the growth of fundamentalism (more on that later) to the little, little ways in which we show our lack of concern for people who are not like “us”. It is “they” who are responsible for every ill-fortune that befalls “us”.
The concept of an “India” still has to take firm root. We are Indians second. First come religious, caste or regional considerations.
Small examples make big points.
Notice how two Indians will invariably choose the middle of a corridor to stand and talk, thereby blocking the path for others. When boarding a bus to reach an aircraft, you will invariably find an educated, well-dressed person plonking himself right in the centre of the passageway, a big bag resting on the floor, ensuring that no other passenger can reach the vacant space inside. Reason? Just that he wants to be the first off the bus. Likewise when deplaning, passengers are up and away even before the aircraft has come to a halt. It does’nt matter that you will still end up waiting at the baggage queue.
3. Care for the environment and awareness of climate change issues
We care little for the environment. Invariably developmental issues take precedence. Recently there was a case of thirty Neem trees being cut in a mofussil town to make space for a shopping mall. These trees have nests of the endangered vulture. Was it necessary to choose that particular location?
The air we breathe especially in our cities is highly polluted. It took a wise person to make me aware that while we can stay away from polluted waters or dirty streets, we have little choice but to breathe the air around us.
Our rivers carry all manner of industrial waste and filth. If, as someone wrote, the health of a nation is known by the state of its rivers, we must be terribly ill.
Climate change is not something that is discussed on the cocktail circuit. Most people are more knowledgeable about the game of cricket.
4. The issue of corruption
Time was when the corrupt did not dare look anyone in the eye. Now it is the honest who avert their eyes in the glare of the wealth exuded by the corrupt. Indians probably have the largest deposits in Swiss banks. Ill-begotten, under-utilised. Very little in the government machinery moves without money changing hands.
This has given rise to a booming “black money economy” which in itself could be as large as the official economy. Mercifully so far at least, corruption is confined largely to anything connected to government largesse - purchases, issues of permits and licenses and so forth. The trends however are encouraging as red-tapism is being cut.
It would not surprise me at all if someone were to do research and discover that the richest man in the world resides in India. The fact is that person would be unable to openly declare his ill-begotten wealth.
5. The eradication of poverty
Although some progress has taken place, much still remains to done to improve the lot of the less privileged. We still have millions who live miserable lives, who don’t even have access to clean drinking water or electricity or a roof over their heads or any of the benefits technology has brought.
Part of the reason could lie in the fact that it requires someone who has seen poverty first hand to empathise with the poor. Our leaders and decision-makers seldom qualify on this score. And those that do, grow rich so quickly, their past is soon forgotten. There is always a struggle for resource utilisation – whether a road in the city should be developed first or a water pipeline in a village.
6. The declining importance of educators
This point may seem at odds with the earlier one on education. But there is a fundamental difference between the two. One of the major drivers of economic prosperity has been the high quality of education imparted both at school and college level in the early years after independence.
It is sad that today neither the teachers nor the taught are given the importance they deserve by society. Teachers and professors in government-run institutions are poorly paid and not motivated. This needs to be reversed and teachers accorded their rightful importance in society.
7. Health of the people and value of human life
Perhaps it has something to do with the population. But if one were to believe the grapevine, human life in India can be worth as little as Rs 5000/- ($ 100). This is what you would have to pay for a “supari” – a contract to kill and snuff out the life of an ordinary citizen. I am sure the price goes up with the value of the target. So really, life in India is not worth much. Death is accepted as a part of life.
Access to quality health care is very poor in rural areas and pathetic in government-run hospitals. Big bucks will of course buy you world-class medical treatment. This is available only to a painfully few.
Sculpture at Khajuraho Temples
8. We are hypocritical
Sadly, we are a two-faced people. We rarely follow the values we profess. We preach one thing and practice the opposite. Starting with our political leaders. There are cases where a leader will condemn the use of the English language and yet send his children to the best English language schools in the country.
We curse the West for corrupting our culture and yet would do anything to be able to immigrate to the US by hook or by crook. We are known to beat up girls found in pubs on the grounds of immorality but how moral are we in reality?
We object if the subject of sex education in schools and colleges is discussed. We forget that some of the oldest and most erotic sculptures in the world are in India at the Khajuraho Temples, dating back to 950 to 1050 AD. The Kamasutra, the ancient Indian treatise on human sexual behavior was written sometime around the 2nd Century CE.
With that kind of a past, we should be teaching the world about sex and not appear like giggling schoolchildren whenever this topic comes up.
9. The growth and growth of religious fundamentalism
India is perpetually flirting with religious fundamentalism while other nations in our neighbourhood are busy embracing it. What frightens me is the number of “people like us” who think nothing of supporting fundamentalism. My neighbor, my colleagues, my relatives. All good, honest folk, misguided by the age-old fascist line of creating fear and hatred for the “other”. I hope and pray we are not going the way some countries went fascist before World War II. It will be a long, long time before we find our way back.
10. The growth and growth of the population
There are just too many of us. Plain and simple. But what can we do? We can’t dump our own people into the Indian Ocean. We can’t send a few hundred million to Australia. It may just be a sensible thing to do when you consider that Australia has an area more than twice India’s and only one-fiftieth the population. I mentioned this in jest to an Australian woman I met at a party recently. The look on her face was something – I think she was so horrified at the thought of so many Indians rushing around in Australia that she just couldn't see I was joking.
Contrary to the thinking some years ago, a huge population is now seen as a major plus. The reason? Simply that markets in the West are saturated so who is going to buy the cars and TVs and mobile phones? Them Indians of course. Not to mention the Chinese.
The result of this is no one in India dares even talk about population control, leave alone doing anything about it. Have European nations, with their low population growth or declining populations missed a trick? I suspect not.
11. The unbridled ride to consumerism
Globalisation is fine with me, provided it is tempered. Not everything about the West is great. Consumer overkill and being a wasteful society is hardly the way to go. Yes, there is a case to encourage competition and give consumers increased choice, but we must ensure balance. An extra shopping mall cannot be at the cost of other priorities. But lobbies are strong and the powerful are easily corrupted.
Look at the number of shopping malls that have sprung up in the cities like mushrooms after the rains. Surely there is no need for so many. Could these resources have been used more effectively?
Well, that makes 11. Just shows that the scales are tilted just a bit on the wrong side. To be honest, it took less time to think of the ten things which need improvement than the ones to be proud of. But when I think of it, a generation ago, it was probably worse although people talk about the good old days.
I cannot forget a German Director of our company on his farewell visit to India saying “50 years from now, remember to be nice to us”. I can't wait to see whether he was right.
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MG Singh emge from Singapore on January 07, 2020:
An interesting article. You have covered most points but you missed some major points. Firstly why the Khujaharo temples are included in your dislike. This is a blunder and shows you are still in the old world puritan and not relevant. You have also missed the point that India won freedom after 1000 years and as such for a nation used to being ruled by a strong arm cannot adjust to concepts of freedom and secularism.
Saba Najeeb parwaz from Pakistan on November 02, 2019:
And does the brutality of Indian forces in Kashmir does not make you sad. And you do not live in a democratic country. its the best joke of democracy. And the forces that cannot fire a pistol make you proud? Wow
Wifi Student from New Delhi on September 16, 2019:
You can learn about latest Capital list of Indian States from this article that is given in my blog post.
Mr Mughal from Faisalabad Pakistan on April 12, 2019:
You depicted an excellent picture of your country. But Still many more to expand. First of All I would like to say about India is that India is not suitable state for Democracy bcz it is such a diverse human bieings with thousands of segregations of many kinds. in such society a single leader Like Gandhi is not possible.
Sabu singh on June 24, 2018:
Thank you for your comment Yasika. For me, it is important to live in the present and prepare for the future. For better or worse the West has been leading the world for the past few centuries. Hopefully India will find its place in the sun soon.
Yasika Donga from Toronto, Ontario on June 24, 2018:
Valid points!! But most of our problems lies in the fact that "We are not proud to be an Indian and Indian civilisation" and are always driven by the western ideology.
RITIKA AHLAWAT on September 04, 2015:
I am proud to lie an INDIAN
sabu singh (author) on December 15, 2014:
Thank you for reading Sharan. There is so much more about this fascinating country of ours.
Sharan on December 12, 2014:
Thanks, Mr Singh. I am very thankful to you. I have searched at many places about India but not as good as this one. After reading this I was feeling that how are India is in actual. I am feeling very proud of our of women of India
sabu singh (author) on October 28, 2014:
I agree with you Somya. And who knows about the future.
Somya on October 28, 2014:
We should think of making India a better place. Maybe one day India will become even better than usa or canada
sabu singh (author) on September 04, 2014:
Thank you for reading Indian woman.
Indian woman on September 04, 2014:
I went through some other articles about India on this site.This one made the most sense.Thank you
AnIndian on August 22, 2014:
If my house is not clean I cannot go and sit in my neighbour's clean house and keep saying bad about my own house. It is me who have to clean it. It is me who have to plan what to be cleaned and how to be cleaned.
sabu singh (author) on May 27, 2014:
Thank you Dr Durreshahwar and Mohit for your comments.
mohit sharma on May 27, 2014:
Very nice sir and thanks because i use your lines in my article of 12
drdspervez from Pakistan on May 26, 2014:
Dear sabu Singh you have written a very nice and informative article.
DR. DURRESHAHWAR PERVEZ
Vishnu Kartik on April 19, 2014:
I'm sorry but this article reeks of pure nonsensical propaganda.
Living in a democratic country??
More like living in "pseudo democratic" country ruled by bunch of hoodlums who exploit the democratic system by preying on the uneducated&poor by bribing them with "reservations"
An emerging global economic, scientific and technological superpower
HA HA HA Good joke! India will become an "Economic superpower" with 70% its population in Poverty&illiteracy?
India won't be getting anywhere near becoming a half-decent ecomony as long as it is not willing to let go of its "Caste based" business,in short India NEEDS Capitalism in order to do away with the wealth disparity.
and as far as the "Scientific superpower" goes it only makes me laugh even harder.... Science one field which has been given the LEAST amount of its economical share... that's why most Indians are in NASA instead of ISRO! so don't be "proud" when you see Indians scientists who are in NASA because THEY could have been an Indian scientist if we gave a damn about science&technology instead of bollywood&cricket!
Also the technology in India is laughably outdated when compared to china&USA with their optic fiber cables and bullet trains.
A Diverse Environment!? SO what? Its not like we made that "Diverse environment" mother nature did that! In fact we are so selfish&disjointed as a nation we don't even deserve it!
"A culturally vibrant, diverse and hospitable people"
That last line IS A LIE! not only are most indians rude&impolite to people from their our country like the famous "North-south&North-East divide"
And why should we be proud of an ancient culture that was created by our ancestors? we DID NOTHING to deserve this culture we just have it and we brag about it like every other culture is automatically inferior.
REALLY? I mean could you go any lower than this? why would you be proud of the way you cook your food? .
"The Indian Armed Forces" IS PATHETIC mostly because the govt doesn't fund it properly and it also follows the classic good'ol britih raj rules®ulations.
India doesn't have ONE fighter jet which was created by its own companies! feeling proud now eh?
"The Indian family unit still survives"
Except its not really a good thing.. most often parents end up overparening their children or absuing them because they never had any parents to look up to.
So for Young Indians its best to be independent,free thinking and liberal!
"Indians are familiar as doctors and scientists in many developed countries"
And what exactly is there to be proud of HERE?
They COULD HAVE BEEN DOCTORS&SCIENTISTS IN INDIA if our country was not reeking of anal seepage.. BE ASHAMED!
"The ability to accept one’s reality"
You mean Being totally ignorant about reality? because if we were actually aware of it we wouldn't make articles glorifying our country of becoming a superpower with 70% POVERTY!
"her commitment to the institution of marriage and family"
No.. THAT IS NOT A GOOD THING! marriage is supposed to between a bond 2 PEOPLE and marriage is supposed to represent that bond! its not supposed to be a treaty between their parents.
Simply put their parents have no bloody rights to regulate their children's lives when they are adults.
Modern Indians only deserve the credit for being the most degenerate,uncreative and the most hypocritical humans on earth!
Poverty&illiteracy shouldn't even be an ISSUE! There are more rich people in India than in UK! this blows my mind on SO MANY LEVELS..
We need an Indian Robin hood and a decentralized federal system which doesn't poorly emulate British Raj's laws mixed with archaic religious laws.
apira61 on March 17, 2014:
Two things we can try:
One, Cash-free country.That is using debit cards for all transactions.It ends black money and fake money.
Two,reservation to all casts(forward,backward,sc,st etc)according to their population.There wont enmity among communities.
India super power.
geet on January 30, 2014:
i love it
geet on January 30, 2014:
i love it
Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD from Tumkur on January 16, 2014:
Wah! this essay has already received so many appreciations! i read it only now and found it beautiful. Points mentioned by you fully correct. I endorse it.
Jatinder Joshi from Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada on November 09, 2013:
Excellent points by Shariq. Yes, I too believe that many more cities are required; the idea of SEZs was good but the land acquisition process turned out to be too explosive because of it not being properly documented and managed. Education - well, I find the educated are worst rule breakers - they bribe; they have the 'me first' attitude; the poor just keep hoping that the 'mai baaps' would do something. I believe political education is important; the word 'ruling' party should be banned; and the word 'governing' party should be used; the meaning of the word 'public servant' should be better understood by the masses.
sabu singh (author) on November 09, 2013:
You make a couple of interesting points Shariq. Thanks for reading.
Shariq on November 09, 2013:
You have indeed tried to cover the good and bad about India in a succulent manner.However, doing so, you did miss on a few points of utmost significance that sets India apart from the crisis raging in the world. The debt bomb that populations, corporate and governments have to swallow elsewhere, underpins the deteriorating demographic and the burgeoning welfare state of almost all advanced countries.India isn't overcrowded as compared to England with over 400 person per square km against India's 250 per km square, but the distribution is not properly managed.India has to build several urban hubs to evenly spread out its population instead of encouraging rural immigrants back to their sham landholdings.The bulk of the population is uncultivated, badly educated and insensitive to environment around them, otherwise how can you explain a human being able to live and litter at the same time in the place which they inhabit.Even smaller,developing countries I visited like Serbia, Lebanon,Nepal, S.Yemen etc have a much aware populace in keeping their surroundings at least tidy.
Murali Balaji M C on November 04, 2013:
Sir I would like to add in my views on education
1 . now days many students and their parents in rural area's think that they/their ward has a good future as an engineer.
2.so many don't opt for agriculture science or fisheries science.
3.if there is an upgrade on agricultural or fisheries science into engineering, I guess many of these kind of students might opt these stream and we can a good development in rural areas (as agriculture is backbone of our country)
3.we require more number of environment engineers and technology
4.rather than concentrating on urbanization, we also need to show some concern towards rural developments (I am not saying that it is not happening).
5.Rural sanitation is important.
6.we should try to develop agricultural technology and fisheries technology, which will yield more revenues via export.
These are my views and please let me know your views.
Murali Balaji M C B.Tech Chemical Engineer
sabu singh (author) on October 05, 2013:
Thank you for reading and your comments Jatinder. We have some catching up to do - and I have no doubt we shall, " though the road may be muddy and rough, heav'n knows how but we'll get there, we know we will".
Jatinder Joshi from Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada on October 05, 2013:
I agree with you on all counts. India is a country that most people love and some people hate. It is a diverse nation, in every which way; languages, religions, modes of transportation, economic status, educational qualifications, cuisine, terrain and what have you. It is impossible to categorize India in to any one category. Yes, it is a proud and functioning democracy. You have rightly highlighted the enormity of what India does when electing people to parliament. India is a civilisation that straddles all three waves; it is still a part of the agricultural wave, moved in to the information wave and is slowly trying to catch up with the industrial wave.
On the hating side: Yes, corruption is endemic and so is a selfish national character, of most of us Indians, starting with our elected representatives. Anyway, I think I have already taken too much space here.
A very well documented hub by a proud Indian, with things that make him proud and sad about India. Well said.
sabu singh (author) on September 08, 2013:
What you say is true Axita. We have a lot to be proud of, and a lot to be truly ashamed of. My generation has not done themselves proud. Perhaps the next will do better.
Axita on September 08, 2013:
Whatever you mentioned was truly moving. But I would also like to mention that India is no longer a safe place for women. Blame it on our thinking or illiteracy or the people- I really don't know!
I feel intoxicated and insulted to be a part of an otherwise beautiful country..
Kritidipa Sadhu on August 12, 2013:
I am abashed to be an Indian
avinesh jaiswal on August 10, 2013:
dis is an eye opener who make demselves highly esteemed
sabu singh (author) on July 24, 2013:
Thank you for reading Toytasting.
Toy Tasting from Mumbai on July 24, 2013:
I totally agree with your hub. But, then I feel every country has some or the other cons attached to it. So despite of all the flaws we have in our country,I am still proud of being an Indian :)
sabu singh (author) on June 26, 2013:
Glad you found this of use Ishi.
ishi on June 25, 2013:
thank u sir ur views are soo informative they help me soo much
CHIRANJIB on February 25, 2013:
INDIA IS MY COUNTRY, I AM A INDIAN
sabu singh (author) on January 24, 2013:
I'm happy if it helped in some way jggig.
jggjg on January 24, 2013:
well, it helped me alot
Vishnu on January 05, 2013:
There are so many things wrong in this article mainly because you're overlooking all the odds about history
1) There are No Aryans OR Dravidians its a Racist concept made by British or some 17th century scholar in his high horses
the Term 'Aryan' itself doesn't exist in sanskrit its a word made by taking the sasnskrit word "arya"
WE ARE INDIANS NOT ARYANS OR DRAVIDIANS...
2) Importance of educators is declining because the VALUE of education is declining !!
There are thousands of people with several degrees
My brother himself had a EEE Degree but still he's not getting a job remotely related to do with Electronic and Electrical engineering !
Its the case for many millions that's why people sneak up abroad
BECAUSE OF THE BAD QUOTA BASED EDUCATION SYSTEM WITH SO MUCH COMPETITION !
3) Bringing up kamasutra is ABSURD !
Why ? because you got the history wrong i guess.... this country was invaded frequently and India was divided into small districts
These constant invasions,changes,social disruptions everything has made us what we are today....
we lost all that in a certain time period we lost our culture when foreigners set foot in our divided and convoluted country
undisciplined as a society and gossiping away any problems meant to be evaluated
I think Ultimately the bad points take down the good points by a mile..
just think about it
-- Outdated/Unfair/Competitive Education system managed by idiots
-- Joke for a govt authority,overaged,utilization of resources is -0%
-- Unaware and Reckless nature of twitter/facebook generation(EXCLUDING ME)
-- Rural Areas STILL UNDERDEVELOPED (which consists of 70% India)
-- No good Job opportunities...
--Bad Polluted metro cities
--dying currency value
THE LIST JUST GOES ON... anyway i'll be waiting for you feedback @sabu Singh
brahma on December 17, 2012:
it was no nice!!! keep it up bhayya
sabu singh (author) on September 11, 2012:
Thank you for your remarkably candid comments Connie. I fully agree with your views on the plight of the down-trodden and the increasingly inter-dependent world we live in. I do hope America chooses wisely in the coming elections. It will impact us here too.
Connie Smith from Tampa Bay, Florida on September 09, 2012:
Very informative and enlightening article, Sabu. When I saw your comment on the hub activity, I had to read it as I had not seen your name for some time. Until the comments, I was unaware that the article was written several years ago. As always, your wisdom and love for country shows in your writing and I have to agree that, in every country, there is good and bad. So much of what you write could also apply to America, especially when it comes to our wealthy government officials having little empathy for those less fortunate. Consumerism, healthcare, education, and climate are all becoming global problems as our world becomes increasingly smaller. What you do in India affects us very much and the same for you there. It would be wonderful if progress always brought about positive change, but we have seen it does not.
sabu singh (author) on September 09, 2012:
Thank you for your comments Dr Pervez. Glad you enjoyed reading this hub.
drdspervez from Pakistan on September 09, 2012:
Sabu Singh ,I must appreciate your article, you have done a lot of efforts to provide us information about INDIA.I think in every country few things are good and few things are bad .Indian's and Pakistani's are almost same in their behaviour.
vinay on September 01, 2012:
india was a great country india is great country india will be great country
honest human being on August 21, 2012:
We, Indians are scared of truth, change, and value much to others opinion. Our lord Rama valued to others opinion, and sent wife Sita to forest. We do not find it wrong. We are scared and hypnotized to the Varna, caste system. Everyone feels good or bad about their caste, Varna identity, which has been working as psychological defense mechanism for self-esteem. We do not know how to honor a single mother, widow rights, and divorced woman. We respect woman in our prayers, scripts. But we treat every woman horrible, when compared to global standards. Buying gold for her is saving, but not expression of love, is bribing for not able to truly love her. See a father’s face when his daughter gets married to outside his community. He will worry on what neighbors think, and may soon die with heart attack. See a father blaming wife for delivering baby girl, not a boy. He tries to get rid of the most beautiful gift he just received from his wife. I agree Indian woman is sweet as I can see my mom, wife and daughter. But it is a fact that every woman on the earth is as sensitive, tender, giving, forgiving only if you have open eyes to see it and digest it. One fact about India is many animals can live without man made infrastructure, electricity etc. So, even if global warming, ice age, whatever comes, India would get hurts only little. Indian land is most life friendly. We want everyone to praise about us or India 24X7. That’s what Indian kings used to do; having poets praise them every hour. They deny acknowledging the truth or reality. They should have spent time in mastering art of war and diplomacy. By the way, I love Indian flowers, Indian soil (mitti); both smells great.
nidhi manglani on August 03, 2012:
This article is superb.....
rajeelkp from india on July 01, 2012:
Well written man ! But when it comes to demerits, I think that the 2nd point - "little concern for others" should be the first and corruption the second !
But Don't worry, We are the new generation. We can change it we need, If we strike togeather !
Jai Hind !
Amit Mittal from Patiala, India on July 01, 2012:
Greatly written. I am a proud Indian and you made me even more proud. I know there are several issues but its changing with time. Now Young generation don't care what cast his friends have. In next 10-20 years Indian will be superpower in economics, science and technology.
unnati agarwal on June 30, 2012:
thank u for the information it has been a great help . .................................. and I AM A PROUD INDIAN although there many flaws in the country it is the only nation where u can experience true freedom... INCREDIBLE INDIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kriti Mishra on June 30, 2012:
hey ,,........................... you know what I LOVE MY COUNTRY INDIA..........................but i hate their politics peoples ....................... im 12 years old...............but i know everything about my india.....im agree with AAMIR KHAN........aamir is the person who can change our india .......IF WE SUPPORT HIM.........so please guys support him
aparajita on June 12, 2012:
aastha on June 10, 2012:
india is an awesome country.......only country to have completed 6 decades of democracy
swastik on June 08, 2012:
thank u Mr.Sabu Singh your hub is very fine n showes the condation of india.
kumar sourabh on May 23, 2012:
i am an Indian and i feel proud to be a citizen of India . yes we have some drawbacks but we accept these drawbacks and we are working hard to overcome them. Family units and moral values are still preserved . we have cultural and religious differences and we still live in peace and unity . we don't dream of someone else's land and resources . we don't invade countries for grabbing their resources . we don't encourage racism and hatred . We are a huge society living unitedly Hindus Muslims Christians Buddhists Jain with out any conflict we respect sentiments of every human being irrespective of his / her culture and religion .We have finest quality of engineers doctors scientists and even hackers . Kids in India are fast in mathematics and software domain as compared to Americans. We don't kill foreigners who come here for carrying out their studies. People all over the world come here in INDIA to attain peace of mind and follow the path of spirituality. We Indians have a brighter side look at it . We are brown we are black how does it make a difference we are human beings who respect humanity and for us humanity is above all religions.
mohan on May 16, 2012:
zayn on May 02, 2012:
thank you so much !!!!!!!!!!!!you article helped me doing my project about India and i got A and tht because of u thank you so much Mr.sabu singh
q8iyadownunder on May 01, 2012:
thank you for this great article, im from australia and im writing a report about india and the difference between both countries and this really helped
Thank you :)
pramodgokhale from Pune( India) on April 26, 2012:
Your writing inspired me and many.Indian republic stood on three pillars 1--Democracy 2-Secularism 3--Judiciary
All the three pillars are intact so India is intact.If corruption is a mess , we should clean up quick and cut the bottlenecks, we can grow faster than today, should not be complacent on 8% or 9% growth rate.
We lack in implementation of our good plans,unfortunately our governance and administration is still not transparent as expected.
Regional parties are emerging and without vision,that is the hurdle in our progress.
Elections are like festivals and huge expenditures to win ,finally common Indian is getting suffered.
the super power in making seems glamorous but sustain growth and economy is a hard job,Reserve bank of India did a splendid job by protecting India from Global crisis.
Anoop Aravind A from Nilambur, Kerala, India on April 25, 2012:
Great hub.Proud to be an Indian.
sabu singh (author) on April 19, 2012:
Thank you XYZ. Glad you enjoyed this Hub.
XYZ on April 19, 2012:
very nicely written sir..........................
sabu singh (author) on April 03, 2012:
Thank you for your comments Snigdhal and Astra Nomik. It is upto your generation to "be the change you wish to see". There is a lot that is good about our country and a lot that could be better.
Cathy Nerujen from Edge of Reality and Known Space on April 03, 2012:
As the daughter of an Indian father I am aware of most of these things and this is a great hub page that sums up the good and no-so-good of India. But it takes time for things to get better. I enjoyed reading this. Thank you for a wonderful hub page.
snigdhal from hyderabad - India on March 29, 2012:
Dear mr. singh ,
first of all compliments on writing such an unbiased hub (a difficult feat for us indians as we are nothing if not biased ).
I agree with most of what you said . I believe another positive thing which influences most of our day to day dealings as individuals is our core values system .
I personally see no harm in progress but a superpower we will be only when we carry our advantages forward with us and not lose them on the way to "evolutionising " towards westernism .
It's also sad that a country which such a hunger for education breeds such sad lots of politicians . Maybe issues such as health , education systems ,infrastructure need to be the responsibilty of hand picked educated citizens instead of power hungry ministers ?
i hope we can all "be the change we wish to see ".
abhishek surti on March 07, 2012:
Sir, you've nicely portrayed our country. I hope, this will surely motivate foreign tourist to visit India and discover its eternal beauty. Indian rich culture and monuments are worth watching. Every single thing in India has something to teach you. Just a right perspective is required.
Sir, you are doing an awesome job by portraying the real India as it is. Keep going with your obvious to be proud work.
Rik chatterjee on February 28, 2012:
sabu singh (author) on February 26, 2012:
Thank you for your comments CGarg - not so much for agreeing with me as for the way you have expressed yourself. I look forward to reading your Hubs.
CGarg on February 25, 2012:
My favorites and most agreeable points were #8-The intense desire for education. and #11 The unbridled ride to consumerism. "Globalisation is fine with me, provided it is tempered. Not everything about the West is great. Consumer overkill and being a wasteful society is hardly the way to go. " -YES! It makes me sad when I see Indians falling into this trap, when they possess a richness the west doesn't know, and are willingly to abandon it in the quest for "progress."
fahadchokley on February 24, 2012:
we should be proud of the 10 things not sad of the other 10 things
sabu singh (author) on February 22, 2012:
Good to read your comments, Ana. And especially, coming from Finland, the contrast must be very vivid.
The challenges for India are huge, but so are the opportunities.
Thank you for reading.
Ana on February 22, 2012:
I really liked your post. I am married to an Indian man. I've been two times to India and I have to agree with you. While Bombay is a really chaotic city, the rural life offers wonderful experiences. Meeting local people and learning their culture is wonderful.It is so sad that such a rich country is governed mostly by corrupted people. Like you said, unless you come from the poor life you don't understand what it is like, the importance to have clear water, a roof to sleep under, free education, etc.
Greetings from Finland
sabu singh (author) on February 22, 2012:
Thank you, Shilpi, Varun and Shrikant for reading and your valued comments.
It really is upto the younger generation to overcome whatever is not as it should be in our country. I have no doubt it will happen.
shrikant on February 22, 2012:
thats absolutely true sir, the most unfortunate part is , only few of indian realises this and you are one of them , if every indian start thinking in this direction/way, instead of self centered attitude, there is no doubt that we would be best in the world in all aspects.
Varun Verma on February 21, 2012:
Very well written i enjoyed every bit of your views and experience Sabu sir. I must share it is very sad how people outside india seem to have a rather judge-mental view about what India really is, and what made me read about it all.I've come across some who say they hate india because of few or many things that would exist anywhere in any other country as well,..but somehow india manages up to be the prime focus , i guess that is because we come out at a much larger degree.I mostly have nothing to tell them especially when , yes it is a fact that corruption has widespread on indian lands,and individual religion inside indian boundaries comes out more important that India as a whole , but Which country is free from it?
I don't know which country has what issues, i am simply not interested in knowing it,
But , all i do know for a fact that every country is suffering from , thief's,rapists,murderers ,terrorists, corruption..
Sabu thx for your post, this will help me open up some narrow minds ..
Shilpi Gemawat on February 18, 2012:
Very well written!
sabu singh (author) on February 16, 2012:
Thank you for your comment Kunal, although I would reserve my opinion on whether the caste system is something to be proud of. Perhaps it served some purpose when it first came into existence, but in this day and age........
kunal on February 16, 2012:
mr sabu...thank you very much...but i want to add one more thing india is the only country in the world which is maintaining it's caste system from thousand years...we should be proud on that too....
Andrew Stephen Letke on February 09, 2012:
When I read this, a glow in pure heart flourished with everything I have, and deal with my life.
sabu singh (author) on February 09, 2012:
Thank you for your comments Viji and Afshan.
afshan jabeen82 on February 07, 2012:
your views are good gentlemen and may ur 10 sad points may convert into ur next 10 things which make everyone happy especially the poverty in india......thank u!!!!!
viji on February 07, 2012:
I REALLY WISH THAT EVERY THING HAPPENS TO BE FINE IN THE YEARS TO COME..IT WAS NICE HEARING YOU SIR...THANK YOU
sabu singh (author) on February 06, 2012:
Thank you Soumitra for your comments. You are right - the rich and famous do generally get away. But let us not give up hope. Things have to improve for the better and a lot will depend on the younger generation.
soumitra mondal on February 05, 2012:
Thanks for listing good and bad things. Specially bad things draw special attention to me. As an Indian i think now it is the time protest against bad thing. I felt sorry when a thief is caught then he or she is beaten badly but when a corrupt leader is caught then no proper decisions are made. I think inequality is the biggest problem in India.
dr himanshi on January 30, 2012:
I AM PROUD TO BE BE A INDIAN
himanshi sharma on January 30, 2012:
I fell proud of india but the road of india is just like a cyclone
yogesh on January 21, 2012:
juhi on January 16, 2012:
i dont like it at all because we know you should generate new things which people dont know about that at all.
JISHAN SHARMA on January 14, 2012:
I LOVE MY COUNTRY
santra on January 13, 2012:
I have never visited this place but I like India so much nice reading this.
jophra on January 13, 2012:
i feel proud of india
hussain on January 06, 2012:
I AM PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN
DS Prashanth on January 01, 2012:
Am proud to be an Indian!!
ankush on December 18, 2011:
vry nice n true about india
anjali on November 23, 2011:
we must think to make INDIA a better place!
Gaurav Luthra on November 22, 2011:
Most of indians are saying this hub helped them in Project/Seminar/Debate etc. But nobody is getting the fact that we have to do something for our country so that next time when Sabu G will try to rewrite this hub then he has to put great efforts even to find a single thing that make him sad about INDIA.
Wake up guys! I know this is difficult but not Impossible.
Sabu G m sure second part of this hub is gonna tough to write for you. Anyways thanks a lot for your precious information.
sabu singh (author) on November 15, 2011:
Thank you for your kind comments Alen. Better late than never I guess.
het patel on November 14, 2011:
proud to be N INDIAN
ALEN JOSEPH on November 09, 2011:
It was awesome!!!!
Mr. Singh, i am really sad that i could only read an article like this so late...
What you told about India are true..
It is hightime for every indian to understand our shortcomings and rectify them...