Obtuse And Acute

November 3, 2008

India is a developing country

Filed under: Uncategorized — obtusenacute @ 6:24 pm

“India is a developing country”. I remember reading this line back then when I was a junior school student. I mugged it up and poured it out whenever I was asked to speak or write about any topic related to the statement. As time flew by, I came to understand reasons behind this statement. Never the less, some great people inspired us to believe and dream and work for making our country a ‘developed’ one. Some of the names include the very honourable Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, big shot industrialists like Ratan Tata, Dhirubhai Ambani, Narayana Murthy, etc.. Little by little people began to believe that India could work up to put the major population above the poverty line.Things started appearing bright and hopeful. The Indian software market boomed and people like myself were the lucky ones to be absorbed asap via campus recuits. However from no where, the clouds were coming in. All predictions on the S/w industry to continue booming were distantly and slowly diffusing. On yet another side,with a major class of people financially rising but still uneducated, the country was bound to face winds of change. For example , it was great to make three tier AC seats available to more Indians at affordable prices. But what was overlooked was that,after this, the once neat and tidy AC tiers were now littered with packets and dirty toilets. Our beloved politicians did probably achieve what they call ‘affordable prices’ to many more Indians, but they forgot to spread a simple routine education system that would promise that people could now distinguish between the good and the bad, the right and the wrong. The vast majority still does not know much about health and hygiene, about respect and decency, about honesty and hard work, but they know that money works, so earn it anyhow. Isn’t it wonderful to see such a spectacular and brilliant INDIA !!!!!

I’m not denying the importance of money and that too,lots of it. Why should I? After all it’s a fact that life on earth is governed not by human virtues but by these green paper pieces that we are apparently supposed to collect until we die. Although once we die, none of this goes with us.lol. You don’t have money , you don’t have a life. Because humans have evolved to meet the basic necessities of life, i.e. food, water and air, not naturally but through these papers. And being a human I’ll have to follow the race unless I’m a sincere sage.

Getting back to the point of “Developing India”. We read it in our social study books (as per curriculum), that India is a social,secular,democratic country. 

Lets see the current status for ourselves:

SOCIAL:  well people don’t mind classifying themselves as SC/ST/OBC any more. Great job! Really! It’s good to know that people are not looked down upon as some other world, lower class people(mind you, the society and not the creator made these classifications). But then is that the reason why people accept to be called SC/ST/OBC? At a point of time, when this class was looked upon with contempt, reservations made sense. But now, who does not know that these social differences are but tools for politicians, to agitate and provoke the ‘partially’ educated and illiterate Indians?

A complimentable proceeding of our ‘developing’ country is the current news headline about Raj Thackeray and his open quest to purify Maharashtra with only the Maharashtrians. And the Indian public is satisfactorily sleeping. So much like the central government. Well…if that’s the deal then why don’t they demolish all buildings designed, created, sponsored by Indians all over the country? Why don’t they pull off railway tracks placed by North Indian labours? Why don’t they get rid of the heart-throbbing Bollywood? What do these people want? Communism? Monopoly? Another separate nation like Pakistan? Well, whatever be your motive, in the end what you are killing is, the dream country of all leaders and revolutionaries who fought all their lives to create an Independent India, a country where existed “Unity in Diversity”.  

 

SECULAR:

An unfortunately common headline these days is about the serial blasts all over the country. One day there’ll be a blast , the next day there’ll be suspects, then there’ll be a handful detained , then there’ll be court proceedings and then again there’ll be blasts and the routine follows. Meanwhile the country politicians are either signing clouded Nuke deals or campaigning for votes or protecting farmer land by killing industrial dreams,simply by smiling or shouting there way on the TV cameras. There’ll be conclusions that the bombs were planted by Maoists, IMs, etc. The faces of the criminals will be shown on the screen but blurred, so that the common man can never spot them.The reports will be followed by exaggeration and over exaggeration until someone switches the channel  to watch a ‘commercialized’ sport or daily soap. Trains were burnt down at Gujarat in the name of religion, Kashmir is murdered and looted everyday by everybody, people are provoked to convert religion.

This is the idea of the Secular India today.

DEMOCRACY:

A government of the people, by the people, for the people. And what do ‘the people’, want? Wealth? Name? Fame? The rich sweat all day to become richer. Why for a change can’t they open a chain of well served hospitals with qualified doctors all over the country? Why simple issues on animal protection are normally overlooked? Why can we see that the Kashmiris are in trouble but cannot see that her bounty of nature that made it a paradise on earth, is almost dead. Why can’t we see that the Ganga and Brahmaputra are choking? Why is everyone not concerned that the coal mines are finishing?Why are the Maoists, IMs increasing? Why for a change can’t minorities declare, “give us our rights and stop discriminating us as minorities at all!”. Can’t the democratic government make a law to have just one class, the general? Can’t we plan on a security system so solid that no one can dare a second bomb blast? Why can’t we put banners of APJ Abdul Kalam to inspire daily passer- by to work on a dream instead of promoting goods via skinny girls with skimpy clothes?Why can’t we retain IITians by creating an office environment as good as it is in the US? Is all of this so impossible? Where are we Indians going?

It seems like history has to be repeated and yet again we need avatars of Ram Mohan Roy, Lal Bal Pal, Bhagat Singh,Sukh Dev,Chandrashekhar Azad, Subhash Chandra Bose,Swami Vivekanada, Ravindranath Tagore, and so many more.

And one final question. Can we as Indians consider ourselves even a ‘developing’ country anymore? I think I won’t. After all, the common man is doing nothin except typing on the keyboard. Isn’t it?

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3 Comments »

  1. hats off……..

    Comment by anshul — November 4, 2008 @ 6:17 pm | Reply

  2. Cheer up Buddy!!! we are the storms of change brewing in the tea cup and as Hank Rearden said “We can carry them all along” can’t we???

    Comment by Rashmi — April 23, 2009 @ 4:08 pm | Reply

    • well… bcz Hank Rearden ws to an extent the only person i could bear after ragnar danneskjold in that epic of a novel… i’ll agree…lol…

      Comment by obtusenacute — April 30, 2009 @ 9:56 am | Reply


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