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Top 10 Disturbing Aspects of India

Updated on February 4, 2014
The Gateway of India is a beautiful landmark, but it hides many of the ills that plague Indian society.
The Gateway of India is a beautiful landmark, but it hides many of the ills that plague Indian society. | Source

10. Most Indians don't have access to toilets

According to a World Bank Study, about 53% of India's population defecates in the open. A minister in the Central Government, well aware of the situation, once famously and controversially remarked that India was drowning in its own excreta.

9, Regional Divide

There is a very noticeable divide in the cultures of North India and those of South India. While diversity is a thing to be celebrated, racism certainly is not. Most North Indians belong to the Aryan race whereas South Indians belong to the Dravidian race. There is a great deal of ill-will in both communities regarding the other.

The primary language in North India is Hindi whereas there is no single dominant language in South India. Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu are spoken as the main languages in the four southern states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh respectively.

Add the factor of North-East India to the equation, and matters get even messier. The vast majority of people in this region belong to the Asian race and constantly deal with racist slurs in the other regions of India.

8. Moral police

In many parts of India, fundamentalist and narrow-minded right wing groups call the shots. These groups are often associated with the major religion of the region.

Members of these groups harass citizens and infringe upon their basic rights. They spread religious hatred and often indulge in rioting, looting and murder.

Some of their most notable actions include disturbing couples on Valentine's Day, spreading rumours about religious communities, and beating up people in pubs.

7. Unsafe railway network

The Indian Railways is the largest railway network in the world and also the most unsafe. Thousands of people perish each year while crossing the tracks or in train crashes.

Trains are perennially crowded and tickets are extremely hard to get, even as early as two months before the journey.

The Indian Railway network is extremely unsafe, and thousands of people are killed in train hits each year.
The Indian Railway network is extremely unsafe, and thousands of people are killed in train hits each year. | Source

6. Widespread corruption

There is corruption at every level in Indian society, and especially in the political system. Pretty much nothing gets done without a couple of palms being greased. From the policeman in the street to civil servants, pretty much everyone is used to taking bribes.

India is known to be a poor country in the rest of the world, but this poverty is the result of a deliberate design by the political and industrial class to maintain the income gap. Trillions of dollars worth of Indian money lies stashed away in international bank accounts. Interestingly, India has the largest number of billionaires among all the countries in the world.

5. Lack of concern for environment

In all the so-called 'development' that is happening in India, the environment seems to be the biggest casualty. Indeed, the environment appears to be last on the priority list of pretty much every state government, as well as the Central government. In the decade 2004-2014, over 700,000 hectares of forestland has been diverted for so-called 'developmental projects' like dams and coal mines, most of which are mired in scams. In most of these projects, hardly any meaningful environmental impact assessment is done, and tribals lose their land to large multinational corporations.

There is a growing man-animal conflict in many areas, as large animals like Elephants and Tigers continue to lose their habitat.

4. Racism

This point is closely related to point number 9. Indians love to tell their friends from other countries that they are extremely proud of the diversity of cultures that is to be found within India. 'Unity in Diversity', they say. While the diversity aspect is true, the unity aspect is most certainly false.

There are numerous cultural and geographical conflicts in India. The region of Kashmir is known to be separatist. The people in a large number of regions wish to be formed into separate states, and this is especially true in the north-eastern region.

There is a large amount of divisiveness in Indian society. There is very little meaningful interaction among the people of the diverse communities in India. Any interaction that takes place is often superficial.

When South Indians head northward, they are ridiculed as being dark-skinned and dirty. When North Indians head south, they are accused of being of loose values. When North-East Indians step out of their region, they are called 'Chinese' and treated like outsiders.

People from the North-East, especially women, receive the worst of the racism in India.
People from the North-East, especially women, receive the worst of the racism in India. | Source

3. Manual scavenging

Manual scavenging is the practice of people picking human waste from toilets in baskets and transporting it away from habitation. This practice is banned by law and yet is quite widespread in some regions. Generally people belonging to 'lower castes' (see next point) are forced to transport the feces of people belonging to the more privileged castes.

As is possible to realize, scavengers are ostracized and severely discriminated against. They fall victim to numerous diseases, and most die in penury.

2. Caste system

The despicable caste system has been in existence in India for thousands of years. As a result, it is deeply ingrained in the Indian psyche.

In the caste system, the status of an individual is decided by the caste he or she is born into. There is no possibility of upward social mobility. In fact, aspiring to move up the social or economic ladder is frowned upon.

People belonging to the 'lower castes' are dehumanized and treated like animals. Their human rights is denied to them. In fact, in some of the 'higher castes', touching a 'lower caste' person requires that a bath be taken to cleanse of impurity.

1. Unsafe for women

The capital of India, New Delhi, is aptly titled 'Rape Capital of the World'.

In India, a rape happens every 20 minutes, and a large number are violent gang rapes where the victims are left emotionally and physically battered for life.

The entire Indian psyche seems to be poised against womanhood. The situation in so grim that in most cases policemen refuse to register complaints of rape, instead accusing the victim of dressing provocatively or stepping out late at night.

Interestingly, India as a nation is second in the world with regard to the number of rapes. The first is the United States of America.

Indian is notorious for its extremely high rates of violence against women.
Indian is notorious for its extremely high rates of violence against women. | Source


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      5 years ago

      Yes, absolutely correct. I feel very sorry for suppressed women who have no say. So sad. Also, absolutely corrupt state. Almost all police officers are deeply selfish and support those who have the money.

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      Rohan Rinaldo Felix 

      5 years ago from Chennai, India

      The worst thing about India is that politicians here are very corrupt... They siphon public money into accounts in banks in Switzerland and the Caribbean.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      I hope that these problems will be addressed by the those who can change this country for all. In America, we suffer similar issues and find that it takes time --- we must speak out for our future children's sake.

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      5 years ago from USA

      Rohan, the reality of this is simply stunning.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      5 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      You are absolutely right these factors are the hindrance block on the development agenda of India. Our nation is slowly on the way to become a super power but these factors, as you pointed out, need to be addressed and eliminated. Then no doubt this nation will be the next super power. In spite of all these negative we are doing so much of wonders in the filed of computer technology, space technology, etc. We even had a successful moon mission. As time and technology progress, I hope our nation too will progress. I appreciate your work.


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