I am sure you love reading our first part of Incredible India article series in which i tried to share my views on vibrant Indian culture and amazing history of India. In this second part of this series, i will share my views about psychology, family values, politics and literacy in India.
It is philosophically debatable but psychologically correct to say that Indian people, more or less are orthodox, traditional and introverted. They are also superstitious and God fearing. Influence of western and other foreign countries in fashion, technology and growing urbanization, and globalization has damaged the traditional joint family system. Joint family system, which was the basic strength of congenial human relations in India till nineteenth century slowly, started falling apart and now people have become more isolated and secluded. Human relations in India, now although look strong outwardly, but it may not be wrong to say that inwardly they have taken a beating, as percentage of Indian people who attach importance to material well being has risen and it may not be wrong to opine that socially and politically it s at an alarming stage.
When it comes to human nature of Indian people, they are by nature docile and calm who, by and large do not try to cause any apprehension to others. They are very hospitable and good at receiving others. It is perhaps this open mentality intrigued with selfishness of some people in the erstwhile kingdoms in India that opened doors for invasions by foreign rulers like Sultans, French and British etc. that lead to many wars between them and Indian rulers, resulting in subjugation of Indian culture and traditions in its own mother land. All these rulers continuously exploited Indian religion, wealth and natural resources all along their rule of the land. It is this reason that Indians were forced to experience hitherto unknown cultures and traditions, adding more difference to native dissimilarities in caste, creed and language.
Although, the core human values in India are highly humane and laudable, yet they have their own weaknesses. Indian people are highly sentimental and get carried away easily. They think more with their heart rather than with their brain. Personality cult is rampant in every nook and corner of India. This naivety of Indian people is causing typical social and political problems in Indian societies and in polity. This tendency of hero worship comes as a boon for unworthy people to become heroes who in turn take advantage of gullibility of these people to make personal gains, socially and politically and amass wealth.
Politics in India, unlike the pre-independence days has started drafting apart from policies, principles and values to personality cult, hero worship and vote bank policies. Corruption and irresponsible attitude, both in leadership and governance have become order of the day. Cast equations, financial strength, and capability of spending in politics have become the only qualification for fighting elections in India. Political parties started influencing voters with vote catching promises and freebies. Majority of Indian voters are illiterate and unlettered. They get carried away by these freebies, and lack the understanding that these free perks leave a telling affect on the economy and human resource advancements. Consequently, development and welfare activities in India are suffering due to corrupt practices of the political bosses and bureaucracy. Quality of living and infrastructural growth in India has been forced to go on snail’s pace. As per latest census report (Calculated in 2011) Indian literacy rate is 74% which improved around 9% from the last decade. Right now the world literacy rate is 84% and most of the countries have more then 95% literacy rate including China, Canada, United States & United Kingdom.
Poverty eradication policies and measures in India cannot be stated to have given very good results all these decades, as majority of Indian masses still live in deplorable conditions and lead a pathetic life across the Peninsula. Whoever gets the opportunity to make an extra lakh or crore never minds to grab the opportunity with least respect to systems and values of transaction. It is solely due to political and administrative corruption and irresponsible economic and developmental policies. Corrupt practices across Indian systems have become so powerful and influential that common man in India, quizzically questions – why should I refrain from cheating the system when my bosses themselves are having their field day? Ultimate result is that systems in India, be it family, village, town or city have become weak and unproductive. India is truly god gifted country because of its variety and uniqueness truly an Incredible India.
There is untold despair and pain among youngsters in India due to lack of respectable employment avenues and opportunities. There is sort of a self-imposed negative attitude and resolve among the lower middle class and poor communities and they openly declare that ‘nothing can be changed’. There is unpredictable indiscipline and disorder in every system. Unless the political system in India is cleansed with values and principles, people at large cannot be educated to have respect for systems and quality of living cannot be achieved.
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