what is the biggest thing that has changed your country?
what issue do you believe has made your country a place you are not as proud of as you were when you were younger?
Change is happening too fast. Problems arise and no real long term solutions. People have stopped looking ahead as they can not keep up with what is happening now.
this recession, it crippled this country, and all we can hoped for is some luck.
India is my country. I am ever proud of my country. The day I saw footage of currency notes in a suitcase openly displayed in the parliament allegedly as bribe money being offered by a political party to some of the members of the other party to purchase them while the vote of confidence against the governmet was going on was according to me the most shameful day. I never came to know subsequently who was the guilty. Surprisingly, both the government and the opposition sat over the issue. In 2010 when a spate of scams began surfacing - 2G spectrum, commonwealth games, some housing society meant for war widows, and various other scandals - could not make me a proud Indian. More than 20 years ago when a religious community in India was treated with shameful violence was certainly the most shameful day for me as an Indian. That said, I am still a proud Indian because I have the freedom to speak and write my opinion. I belong to a nation whose people are still non-violent and hospitable to people from outside. I am lucky that we share the nationhood with almost every religion and race across the world. We have the diversity of geography, history, background and culture, ethnicity and yet we have certain common traditions. We belong to the eternal religion, the sanatan dharma that has given birth to Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism in the subcontinent. We welcomed Islam that came here as conquerors but settled down with us peacefully, We welcomed the Christianity and the Parsis that made their home in this peaceful land when they were being persecuted in their land more than a thousand or two years ago. I am proud to belong to a nation that lives on the principle of panchasheela or the five fold discipline of non-aggression, non-intereference, peace, love and friendship in their relationship with the nations of international community. I am proud to belong to the land of Buddha and Gandhi. Whatever, I may be ashamed of in the recent phase of my nation's history is I belive temporary aberration that will in the eventual course will be but sad memory and certainly not the permanent blemish on our character that can halt our material, social, political and spiritual growth because the foundations of my nation are built on thousands of years of rigorous discipline in humanism, non-violence and righteousness.
Thank you for asking this question as it has given me an opportunity to express what I really feel about my nation.
As a Canadian in his 60's and able to remember when, I would have to say there are a few.
When I was born and for the first 20 years or so of my life, Canada was a member of the British Commonwealth. Not anymore.
I grew up having the Union Jack as my flag and "God Save The Queen" and "O Canada" as my National Anthems.
Our system for measuring things was not metric so things were a lot more for a lot less in the stores.
Most of the time we listened to radio, because TV though invented was not in each and every home.
I could ride the TTC. for a nickel anywhere. A movie at the theatre cost 25 cents I could go on and on about changes.
The politics and politicians. When we were kids we were still taught that good and honest men sat in the presidents chair and led our army and navy. We were taught that the judges were honest and to believe in justice. We said the pledge with pride and removed our caps during the raising of the flag and while singing the National anthem.
There has probably always been dirt in the top positions of some form so this generation may be no worse than those before. Yet I am 45, I wouldn't give two cents for the promise of a single politician, I watch repeatedly as justice is ignored in our courts and I look on with dismay as the military loses more and more ground to poor leadership. Bringing shame on the entire country for the actions of a few. And these days I have heard that it isn't required to say the pledge anymore in certain areas. How do we teach children to live with ideals of fairness and respect if all their public examples are of poor quality?
No our country isn't the worst, that's not my answer. I can't speak on what another place is like because I don't live or contribute there. Honest men and women the world over have these same issues with their elected officials. It has become a standard to push a political opponent "under the bus" during election. So regardless who wins the mud still taints the office of either side and the public to me has lost or is losing their trust and belief in change. Futility is not an option. The question is more what can we do as individuals to change this trend and make our leaders act and be held accountable.
I couldn't feel any, since I was young ! They were saying that our country had improved it's this and that, pouring billions of funds on projects that seemed to have no effect on the common mass.. . Corruption is inevitable, so what else can I expect then?
But our city has improved a lot, really and literally.. . Reduction of crime rate, of unemployment and I'm glad that I am living in such an environment that could at least thrive life
The routine acceptance of children whose parents are not married removed the stigma of teenage unwed parents, multiple parents and partners, and lack of parental or grandparent guidance and leadership....the rest crumbles from there down.
I am proud of my country, India. Mahatma Gandhi changed my country and the world.
Why would you be less proud? As regards the biggest thing that changed Canada... for the better...
I would say, for Canada, it was the introduction of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and a constitution coming into force of law in 1982.
The list is long, to enlist a few:
4. Communal hatred
In my opinion, the level of negative political discourse here in the US has reached a point of destruction. You may have read or heard of the recent incident in Arizona where Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and about a dozen or more were killed or injured.
While the young man charged with the shootings may not have been directly influenced by the rhetoric (it sounds like he had some mental health issues already) it doesn't help that leaders in the country use analogies of putting people in the cross hairs of a gun or that they come right out and say their number one agenda is to not work with the president.
Well, I could go on, but I think there is a general lack of civility in this country that is part of -- or is entwined with -- the political discourse here. And that has definitely changed since I was younger.
Above All I think 9/11 has had significant changes in All of us!!
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