10 Things That Make Me Proud To Be Indian, 10 That Make Me Sad

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.



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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

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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. 

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Image Courtesy http://www.indiajournal.com/

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.

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A Houseboat in Kerala Image courtesy http://www.flickr.com/photos/10429032@N08/2125837354

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

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Image courtesy http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrcrash/206270250/

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! 

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Hilsa Fish Image Courtesy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ClupeaIlisha

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.

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The Republic Day Parade, Delhi Image Courtesy http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/low/in_pictures/7210526.stm

 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.

Logo of IIM Calcutta
Logo of IIM Calcutta

 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

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Image Courtesy http://memsaabstory.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/madhubala.jpg

Ten Things That Make Me Sad

 

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Image Courtesy http://heavenofworld-india.blogspot.com/2008/07/india-at-glance.html

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.

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Environmental Pollution Image Courtesy http://www.daylife.com/photo/00qmctp3zWh23

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

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Image Courtesy www.vagabonding.com

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.

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Image Courtesy http://www.manfromindia.com/2008/07/why-does-india-have-so-many-people.html

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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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

Very well said sabu! You've given voice to the thoughts of millions of your countrymen. Indeed this country makes my heart swell with pride, but I'm not blind to its faults. One lives in hope however. :)


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sabu singh 7 years ago Author

Thanks FP

As I see it, we have a lot to be proud about (and not necessarily material things). Things can only get better


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kiran8 7 years ago from Mangalore, India

I totally agree about Madhubala, she brings a warm smile and glow every time I think of her, but there are 11 things that make you sad...I totally understand the reason , you could add a few more to that list...


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sabu singh 7 years ago Author

Yes we could surely add to that list - both sides actually. I think you would think of ten things that may be totally different. India is a vast, complex country as you know. Thanks for reading and commenting


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chains 7 years ago from Bengaluru, India

You said it Mr.Singh! I completely agree with you! It was great reading this. :)


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sabu singh 7 years ago Author

Thank you chains for your comments. Glad you enjoyed reading it


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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

I, an American, am coming to know about India only now, as I have become a member here at HP. 

I have never been to your country. In some ways, India has been as alien to me as Mars.  Not so much now, as I've made friends here, and I am learning.

This Hub of yours, about being both proud and sad, is what I have been hearing.  The largest democracy on the planet, barricaded by nations at war to the west, not easily accessible, certainly not by land routes.  There's an isolation, but it is bridged by electronics, the Internet, diplomacy, the spirit of democracy, and in this other way, HubPages.

I look forward to hearing more.


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sabu singh 7 years ago Author

Thanks for your comments Sally's Trove. I have travelled a bit and although every place is unique, India is very different. It can and will drive you crazy the first time. We would be happy to welcome you should you ever decide to make a trip. I am not so sure about your comment regarding India's isolation. I guess you mean the goegraphical distance between the US and India - yes it is far but we are quite integrated with the world otherwise. Shall certainly try and give you more information soon


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

You've said it all Sabu - and said it so well. We have so much to be proud of - and so much needs changing. Hopefully we'll up the numbers in the first and reduce the ones in the second!


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sabu singh 7 years ago Author

Shalini, where have you been? I have been waiting for your comments, my good friend and mentor. We surely will Shalini - just wait and see. We only need the Gods to smile for a while


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

sabu

I agree with everybody, this is a great hub - the passion that went into writing it is almost palpable. We all have good and bad things to say about our cuntries but at the end of the day, it's all that we've got. India is one beautiful country and one with a very rich history and heritage. Thanks for sharing what an Indian thinks about India.

And I love my Indian friends, too! :D


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sabu singh 7 years ago Author

Thanks Cris A. I wonder whether you have ever visited India and if so, what were your impressions? Thanks for reading and commenting


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

No I haven't but I almost went to Noida for training purposes. But a friend who now lives in Chennai (she moved there from Chandigarh) has been telling me beautiful things about your country, the places, the faces and the culture. She's married to a wonderful Indian doctor. Anyway, she's planning to invite some of us, her friends, next year. So...I'm keeping my fingers crossed! ;D


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sabu singh 7 years ago Author

Great. I am sure you will have a wonderful trip. The first visit is the one where you really absorb things - the next time it will seem ordinary - do keep a diary and make notes otherwise one forgets and the moment is lost


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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

About isolation, yes, Sabu, that comment was completely from my own isolationist perspective. India seems so far away, not only because of the geographical distance but because of how little I know of it and its immediate neighbors. India is integrated with the world, but we here are not. Thank you for the generous welcome. I have a feeling that to visit your country is to be welcomed by many, in many ways.


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sabu singh 7 years ago Author

That is quite philosophical ST. India has so much to offer - is there something in particular that interests you? Also ofcourse a lot that could prove upsetting to someone who has not been exposed to this country. Which is why I have tried to produce as balanced a picture as possible of an insanely complex country


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cashmere 7 years ago from India

Sabu, you have profiled the Indian Nation so beautifully here. All the strenghts and the weaknesses are present. A wonderful and balanced Hub on India


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sabu singh 7 years ago Author

Thanks Cashmere. Honestly it is a big subject I thought of and to do justice in a short essay is tough.

I have tried to be as objective as possible. Thanks for reading


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premsingh 7 years ago

Thanks Sabu for listing 10 good and 10 bad things about India. Its true that finding a mistake is simpler than finding a positive point among the people and when you sum up characteristics of 100 crore its really hard work to find 10 good and 10 bad things. I'll request you to give a rough measure of things like how much percentage is affected by good and bad things. Actually, few things need to be measured in relative terms instaed of absolute. For ex. we've routine discussions about honesty. In the present context, it's really not wise to talk of honesty in absolute terms. Anyways, great hub. Keep adding equally both good and bad things.


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sabu singh 7 years ago Author

Thanks Prem for reading and commenting. I shall continue to look for things to add - there really are many


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LRobbins 7 years ago from Germany

Great hub! I learned so much about India. I'd love to visit one day.


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sabu singh 7 years ago Author

Thank you for reading LR. The truth is one could spend a lifetime and not be anywhere understanding this land.

Whatever else, India will not bore you - it is a feast for the eyes, painful to western ears (and not to forget the nose - smells and aromas like you never have smelt before).

And ofcourse the diversity - from the north to the south and east to west.

With your interests in nature and the outdoors, you would ofcourse have to trek in the Himalayas - and go higher than you have ever been before.

Do let me know if I can help in any way when you decide to visit India.


akshaya 7 years ago

realy good one,........

it helped me in a debate compitition

thank you uncle...


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sabu singh 7 years ago Author

I hope you won Akshaya. What was the subject of the debate and which side were you on?


Akshaya 7 years ago

the topics were ''india makes me proud

and

india makes me sad

the results are yet to come............

my topic was ''india makes me proud


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sabu singh 7 years ago Author

I am happy to hear that Akshaya. Do keep me posted when the results come.


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charanjeet kaur 7 years ago from Delhi

Wow i have to be a fan after reading this. Glad you bumped into my profile else i would miss knowing someone who has such insight. India is a land of many cultures, travelled Europe and London somehow i find peace and my heart lies only in India. Proud to be an Indian despite its loose ends. Will follow your writing for sure keep up the hubbing.


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sabu singh 7 years ago Author

Thank you for reading this Charanjeet. Glad to have you as a fan and to be your fan. Let me know what you think of the other Hubs as and when you read them.


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VENUGOPAL SIVAGNA 7 years ago from India.

A very good composition! All proud thins are ok.

All sad thing need reassessment.

No one in this world is more tolerant than Indians. I, for my part, keep posting comments, even after my important comments that fail to suit the HP are deleted... But I keep posting my comments! Is it not tolerance?


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sabu singh 7 years ago Author

Thank you for your comments Venu.


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VENUGOPAL SIVAGNA 7 years ago from India.

Kajuraho temple sculpture refered herein does not deviate our ethical standards. Sex between accepted couple is acceptable. Before the engage themselves, they should have some knowledge about it. Everyone in those days could not refer to Kamasutra and other things. Verbal teachings in this field will not look nice. So, like any other information, our ancestors chose to teach sex by creating permanent monuments. Such thing can also be seen in several temples in South India. (eg. Tiruvannamalai)


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VENUGOPAL SIVAGNA 7 years ago from India.

India is not a corrupt nation. It is a free society with committed principles. We offer something even to gods when we go to temples and pray for something. Is it corruption? Those who succeed in getting their needs say it is fair. Those who fail in their attempts say it is corrupt. For instance, the main national opposition party says the electronic voting machines should be replaced by the old paper-voting on the ground that the ruling party corrupts the machine in their favour. They cant explain how they won in some places.


Akshaya 7 years ago

guess what??????????

I STOOD SECOND!!!!


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sabu singh 7 years ago Author

Well done champ. You must come first next time.


minhminh 7 years ago

Sabu, you are very right about your comments about the tolerance and indifference of some people to the flirtations with fundamentalism. When fear and hatred triumph it can affect even those who think that that they might not be concerned. Perhaps people should always keep in mind the words of Pastor Martin Niemoller:

First they came for the Communists and I did not speak up because I was not a Communist, Then they came for the Jews and I did not speak up because I wasn't a Jew, Then they came for the Catholics and I did not speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me but there was no one left to speak up.


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sabu singh 7 years ago Author

This is the advantage of having well-read friends Minhminh. Thank you for reading. I am looking forward to your first Hub.


minhminh 7 years ago

I have writer's block, Sabu. So I'm just happy to read the very interesting, thought provoking , sometimes nostalgic and often hilarious articles in your hubpages.

Thanks for bringing in a lot of sunshine.


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sabu singh 7 years ago Author

Ah what an opportunity for some entrepreneur to invent a writer's bloc cream. Apply and it's gone-a la sun block cream. LOL.

Come on Minhminh. You write so well it would be a hyge loss to HP if you did not get over your SB.

Thank you for the lovely comment. I certainly do NOT deserve it but grateful thanks anyway.


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Vizey 7 years ago

Thanks for Article, I would like to tell you that as far as corruption is concerned , Every country has corrupt people . It has nothing to do with the country but with the psychology of humans.


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sabu singh 7 years ago Author

Thank you for your comments Vizey. I am sure corruption is present in all countries. It is a matter of degree. If a tinpot dictator is corrupt in say the defence deals of his country, itis different from a village patwari or a small traffic policeman trying to pocket Rs 50/- for a small offence.

I do not know what your experience is, but I have spent many years handling government purchases and have a fairly good idea how corruption pervades the life of the ordinary citizen in Inida.


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FREEWORKING 6 years ago from rohtak

good sharing of information but while talking about indian woman don't forget LATA MANGESHKAR.


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sabu singh 6 years ago Author

Thanks for your suggestion FREEWORKING.

While writing this Hub, I have tried to stay away from personalities and concentrated on organisations and iinstitutions as there are so many one could write about. Thanks for reading.


fazila 6 years ago

Thanks alot this info was really very useful.


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sabu singh 6 years ago Author

I am glad this was of use Fazila.Thanks for reading.


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britneydavidson 6 years ago from united kingdom

thank you for sharing the information and please don't forget the legend Indira Gandhi.


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dilip2oct 6 years ago from Indore

I completely agree with you Sabu Ji (I dont know what to say uncle or anything else)

VENUGOPAL SIVAGNA :-

India is corrupt country (& you said "We offer something even to gods when we go to temples and pray for something. Is it corruption? " my answer is Yes this is corruption mind, if dont agree with me please come at my office )

Britneydavidson:-

In my view Indira Gandhi not legend (yaa great politician but not legend)


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sabu singh 6 years ago Author

Thank you for reading Dilip. You may call me whatever suits your fancy. No problem.


rahulpandey 6 years ago

sir,

u r totally right about the india specially about that corruption point.idont know when this india will b called a developed country


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sabu singh 6 years ago Author

Thank you for your comment Rahul. The good side is that people like you and me (who are certainly in the vast majority) are appalled by the corruption we see. What is needed is a social revolution to eradicate this evil. It has to be the youth of the country who have to initiate action.


Yogita Bhasin 6 years ago

I was googling for 'bird watching near Pune' and somehow landed here. We just moved to Pune from USA after 13 years. Enjoyed reading your article. All the analysis that was happening in my mind found articulated here.


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sabu singh 6 years ago Author

It is always nice to meet a fellow bird-watcher and Puneite. Thank you for visiting. I am sure there is much else you would have to say on a subject as vast as this, especially with the cross-cultural environment you have been exposed to.

By the way, if you are interested in birding around Pune, let me know.


Yogita Bhasin 6 years ago

I am definitely interested in the bird-watching activity near Pune. Could you please give me your email id and then we can co-ordinate.


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sabu singh 6 years ago Author

If you look directly under my mugshot, there is a box where "contact sabu singh" is mentioned. Click there and you will get the email ID. In any case it is sabusingh2003@yahoo.com.

If you check my Hubs, you will also find some more on India as well as on birds. Hope you find them of interest. Thank you for visiting.


bharat dawar 6 years ago

helloby


Aashish periwal 6 years ago

good morning sabu...

i think u should write about RESERVATION in the topic that what i don't like about india...


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VENUGOPAL SIVAGNA 6 years ago from India.

Mr.Aashish periwal: You dont like reservation...?

In Mahabharatha, Karna was prevented from contesting the archery competition. Had he been allowed, he would have certainly won and the end of the epic would have been different. Like this, several intelligent minds are kept away from decision making process... Had they got a chance, they would have performed better. So, reservation is a must, as long as caste system prevails. Better support banning caste divisions in Hinduism.

Rajaji, a high caste Hindu and former Governor General of India has given the key word to Madras Regiment that martyrdom is the supreme sacrifice for a soldier. Babu Jagjivanram, former Defence Minister and father of the present Speaker said "There will be no Pakistan after the war" during a speech before war began between India and pakistan. Compare these two versions...

A high caste Hindu favours martyrdom while a low caste Hindu gives a morale boosting speech." If the underprivileged people go to helm, India will be different.

But what is worrying, the majority of the people are low caste but they are called "minorities". Those branding them as minorities are only 1 % of the total population.


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

sabu - in your ten things that make you proud to be an Indian, you should include India's rich cultural heritage - the art, music, religion etc. is beautiful and powerful. And the distrust of authority? That sounds like a good thing to me. Too much trust in authority is what gave rise to people like Adolph Hitler. Wonderful hub!


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sabu singh 6 years ago Author

Thank you for nice suggestion Dolores. Actually there are so many things one could have chosen on either side. India's rich cultural heritage should have been one, I agree. Perhaps I'll make that the subject for another Hub.


abhishek kaushik 6 years ago

i em a 20 yr. old nd doing engineering..

i wanna 2 give my cmmnts in HINDI as i am a 100% pure HINDUSTANI...

bahut sare bhartiya log sochte hain ki unka janm kahi australia, america, china , japan etc. etc me hua hota to aaj vo is halat me na hte...

maine b ek survey kia hai, most of d INDIANS are nt happy..

kisi ko apni salary se dikkat hai, kisi ko apne promotion se... sbka yahi rona..

ajkl kisi literate prsn se pucho ki job kaha kroge?

ans.- US, AUST., JAPAN.. why nt in his own country..?

ans.- more wrk nd less salary.. so y shd we??

106 crore ki population or 1 gold medal nhi..??

dese are d sch negative things 4 our country that cnt b neglected..

besides dis dere are lot of n lot of sch things dat make us really proud to b AN INDIAN..

AS U HAVE MENTIONED ABOVE..

apse bs yahi req. hai, ki plz. -ve things thoda km darshayiye.. +ve things ko weight dijiye...coz hm sb jante ki hmari cntry kya h, or kya bn skti h.....pr foreigners donno 9 our culture na...

or apko kya kahu sabu sir, apne itna wrk kiya hai.. u really make every INDIAN proud to b himself..

thnx, thnx a lot...


george 5 years ago

really good i am gonna use it for ma english project as a speech


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vishal.rossi 5 years ago from Helsinki, Finland

nice hub....very well composed...


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Don Ship 5 years ago

Great Hub. Well said! =)


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sabu singh 5 years ago Author

Thank you for your nice comment Don. Glad you enjoyed it.


kavya 5 years ago

Thank you for giving such a nice information-

It was well composed


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sabu singh 5 years ago Author

Thank you for your kind comment Kavya. Nice of you to read this Hub.


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VENUGOPAL SIVAGNA 5 years ago from India.

No one has any objection with Abishek Kaushik in being a Hindustani. But he is not even 50% Hindustani. India has 14 major languages and all of them have contributed to our cultural heritage. Branding himself as "100% pur Hindustani" is very much objectionable. A poor man in Kanyakumari is also a pure Hindustani as well as those in the northern tip of India in Kashmir. Better he may call himself "Hindistani", not "Hindustani". Better he may make himself understandable to others.

This attitude of some people is the 11th factor why I am sad with India.


bismarck 5 years ago

wanna make a trip to india just to tour and dnt really know anybody there hope i could make some friends here before coming. nanakbl@hotmail.com thats ma e-mail


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navneetjha 5 years ago from London, United Kingdom

Hey, I totally agree with you.. We need to do something to make this coutry back to its golden day.. Incidently I also write something similar http://hubpages.com/politics/10-things-I-hate-abou...


ramya 5 years ago

hello sabu ... i seriously agree with you . you have greatly helped me with my speech . i have really enjoyed it.


thtsf 5 years ago

yeah


tonyduxburyuk 5 years ago from Rotherham, south yorkshire, england

A very good article Mr.Singh. I've always believed that to know a country or culture you have to know the contradictions it adheres to. I use the word 'know' as apposed to 'understand'.Tony


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sabu singh 5 years ago Author

I am glad you liked this, hub Tony. As you have wisely put it, there is a huge gap between "knowing" a culture and "understanding" it. One could spend a lifetime or more and yet not understand India. The other thing is its diversity which is simply mind-boggling.

Thank you for reading.


shiv 5 years ago

Really beautiful and interesting article, I am agree with you.Thanks for sharing this article with us..

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facebags 5 years ago from Accra-Ghana

India is indeed land of beautiful women just like Africa.


jeba 5 years ago

I am very glad to read about our womens. As a mother of three children balanced family and my professional life. It makes me very proud.


tabs 5 years ago

nice


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sabu singh 5 years ago Author

Thank you Tabs


surabhi das. 5 years ago

I am proud to be an indian...jai hind...very nice information....thanx.this helped me a lot in completing my project work.


Bharat 4 years ago

thanks Sanu for this interesting writeup...

since much has been already said i want to talk about 2 points of agreement and disagreement from your negative list.

a)

Point 6 is quite a remarkable mention since no one else talks about the importance of educators in country's fate. i believe that's the key reason behinds the might of superpower US. In US the academia and intellectual think tanks are integral part of policy making to the extend of guiding its foreign policy.

In ancient India educators were respected and protected but unfortunately what now draws respect is power whether political, bureaucratic, wealthy or criminal.

b) Point 8 mention about the India being a land of sex and now suddenly we have turned against it. I believe that's certainly not true. Khajurao is no mecca or vatican for Indians who can we say that what's there is Khajurao represent the views of India as a whole. even geographically it holds no value. some sculptures created one thousand years back by some 'sect' who later vanished without trace is no symbol of Indian culture. Here we see an interesting example of how we interpret and rediscover our own culture like an alien.

why label an ordinary citizen hypocritical? most even never heard or seen khajurao what they have heard or read is sufis, saints, folks and their own scriptures who talks of family values, love, celibacy, fidelity, sacrifice... rather we as Indians have mastered all forms of joy over the millenniums including art, music, dance and yes Sex. But it doesn't mean animal sex or group sex of Khajurao is integral part of Indian culture as a whole.


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sabu singh 4 years ago Author

Thanks for your comments and viewpoints Bharat.


robin 4 years ago

sir,what r 3 things u like & dislikeabout r defence forces.If told 2 join as a soldier what will b ur response &why.pls reply.


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sabu singh 4 years ago Author

I come from an Army background so my advice to you would be go for it. Ofcourse, the most important thing to my mind is to choose a career that i) interests you and ii) hopefully has growth opportunities etc. Good luck.


alok agarwal 4 years ago

sir, i am in 8cls, st josephs school hyderbad,your writing on india has help to make s.a on pride to indian and to make its better.


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sabu singh 4 years ago Author

Thank you Alok. I wish you well in your studies and may you do well in life too.


Kobe 4 years ago

Great article sabu. Agree on several of your points and hope that change can come much quicker than 50 years.

However, as an Indian-born Australian, I must correct you on one thing. Australia has one-fiftieth (1/50th) the population of India, not one-fifth as you suggested. Just makes the disparity between our populations that much more amazing given our land mass.

India: 1,155,347,700

Australia: 21,874,900


Akash abraham 4 years ago

Absolutely... Yeah..Mr.sabu.i m definitely supporting u.i have a request to u.Pls post this stuff on Facebook.we all wanna share...


limesh 4 years ago

proud not to be an indian but a true indian which i was made from this site


vikram.s 4 years ago

i AM PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN


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sabu singh 4 years ago Author

Thank you for your comments, Kobe, Akash, Limesh and Vikram.S.

And thank you for pointing out the error Kobe. Shall rectify it shortly.


ALEN JOSEPH 4 years ago

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...


het patel 4 years ago

proud to be N INDIAN


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sabu singh 4 years ago Author

Thank you for your kind comments Alen. Better late than never I guess.


Gaurav Luthra 4 years ago

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.


anjali 4 years ago

we must think to make INDIA a better place!


ankush 4 years ago

vry nice n true about india


DS Prashanth 4 years ago

Am proud to be an Indian!!


hussain 4 years ago

I AM PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN


jophra 4 years ago

i feel proud of india


santra 4 years ago

I have never visited this place but I like India so much nice reading this.


JISHAN SHARMA 4 years ago

I LOVE MY COUNTRY


juhi 4 years ago

i dont like it at all because we know you should generate new things which people dont know about that at all.


yogesh 4 years ago

very bad


himanshi sharma 4 years ago

I fell proud of india but the road of india is just like a cyclone


dr himanshi 4 years ago

I AM PROUD TO BE BE A INDIAN


soumitra mondal 4 years ago

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.


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sabu singh 4 years ago Author

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.


viji 4 years ago

I REALLY WISH THAT EVERY THING HAPPENS TO BE FINE IN THE YEARS TO COME..IT WAS NICE HEARING YOU SIR...THANK YOU


afshan jabeen82 4 years ago

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!!!!!


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sabu singh 4 years ago Author

Thank you for your comments Viji and Afshan.


Andrew Stephen Letke 4 years ago

When I read this, a glow in pure heart flourished with everything I have, and deal with my life.


kunal 4 years ago

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....


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sabu singh 4 years ago Author

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........


Shilpi Gemawat 4 years ago

Very well written!


Varun Verma 4 years ago

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 ..


shrikant 4 years ago

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.


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sabu singh 4 years ago Author

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.


Ana 4 years ago

Hi Sabu

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


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sabu singh 4 years ago Author

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.


fahadchokley 4 years ago

we should be proud of the 10 things not sad of the other 10 things


CGarg 4 years ago

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."


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sabu singh 4 years ago Author

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.


Rik chatterjee 4 years ago

fantastic comment


abhishek surti 4 years ago

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.


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snigdhal 4 years ago from hyderabad - India

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 ".


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Astra Nomik 4 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

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.


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sabu singh 4 years ago Author

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.


XYZ 4 years ago

very nicely written sir..........................


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sabu singh 4 years ago Author

Thank you XYZ. Glad you enjoyed this Hub.


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anusujith 4 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

Great hub.Proud to be an Indian.


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pramodgokhale 4 years ago from Pune( India)

Sir,

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.

Thank you.


q8iyadownunder 4 years ago

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 :)


zayn 4 years ago

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


mohan 4 years ago

good fweio


kumar sourabh 4 years ago

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.


swastik 4 years ago

thank u Mr.Sabu Singh your hub is very fine n showes the condation of india.


aastha 4 years ago

india is an awesome country.......only country to have completed 6 decades of democracy


aparajita 4 years ago

i agree


Kriti Mishra 4 years ago

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


unnati agarwal 4 years ago

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Mittalmailbox 4 years ago from Patiala, India

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.


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rajeelkp 4 years ago from india

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 !


nidhi manglani 4 years ago

This article is superb.....


honest human being 4 years ago

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.


vinay 4 years ago

india was a great country india is great country india will be great country


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drdspervez 4 years ago from Pakistan

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.

DR.DURRESHAHWAR PERVEZ


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sabu singh 4 years ago Author

Thank you for your comments Dr Pervez. Glad you enjoyed reading this hub.


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Connie Smith 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

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.


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sabu singh 4 years ago Author

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.


brahma 3 years ago

it was no nice!!! keep it up bhayya


Vishnu 3 years ago

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


jggjg 3 years ago

well, it helped me alot


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sabu singh 3 years ago Author

I'm happy if it helped in some way jggig.


CHIRANJIB 3 years ago

INDIA IS MY COUNTRY, I AM A INDIAN


ishi 3 years ago

thank u sir ur views are soo informative they help me soo much


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sabu singh 3 years ago Author

Glad you found this of use Ishi.


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Toytasting 3 years ago from Mumbai

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 :)


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sabu singh 3 years ago Author

Thank you for reading Toytasting.


avinesh jaiswal 3 years ago

dis is an eye opener who make demselves highly esteemed


Kritidipa Sadhu 3 years ago

I am abashed to be an Indian


Axita 3 years ago

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..


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sabu singh 3 years ago Author

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.


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Jatinder Joshi 2 years ago from Whitby, Ontario, Canada

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.


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sabu singh 2 years ago Author

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".


Murali Balaji M C 2 years ago

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.

Regards

Murali Balaji M C B.Tech Chemical Engineer

Email:mc17muralibalaji@gmail.com


Shariq 2 years ago

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.


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sabu singh 2 years ago Author

You make a couple of interesting points Shariq. Thanks for reading.


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Jatinder Joshi 2 years ago from Whitby, Ontario, Canada

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.


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prasadjain 2 years ago from Tumkur

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.


geet 2 years ago

i love it


geet 2 years ago

i love it


apira61 2 years ago

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.


Vishnu Kartik 2 years ago

I'm sorry but this article reeks of pure nonsensical propaganda.

#Point 1

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"

#Point 2

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.

#Point 3

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!

#Point 4

"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.

#Point 5

"Indian Cuisine"

REALLY? I mean could you go any lower than this? why would you be proud of the way you cook your food? .

#Point 6

"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?

#Point 7

"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!

#Point8

"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!

#Point 9

"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!

#Point 10

"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.


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drdspervez 2 years ago from Pakistan

Dear sabu Singh you have written a very nice and informative article.

DR. DURRESHAHWAR PERVEZ


mohit sharma 2 years ago

Very nice sir and thanks because i use your lines in my article of 12


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sabu singh 2 years ago Author

Thank you Dr Durreshahwar and Mohit for your comments.


AnIndian 2 years ago

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.


Indian woman 2 years ago

I went through some other articles about India on this site.This one made the most sense.Thank you


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sabu singh 2 years ago Author

Thank you for reading Indian woman.


Somya 23 months ago

We should think of making India a better place. Maybe one day India will become even better than usa or canada


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sabu singh 23 months ago Author

I agree with you Somya. And who knows about the future.


Sharan 21 months ago

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


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sabu singh 21 months ago Author

Thank you for reading Sharan. There is so much more about this fascinating country of ours.


RITIKA AHLAWAT 13 months ago

I am proud to lie an INDIAN

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