Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Shades of INDIA

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The cultural heritage of India

“After the conversations about Indian philosophy, some of the ideas of Quantum Physics that had seemed so crazy suddenly made much more sense.”
~ W. Heisenberg (German Physicist)

“If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India!”
~ Romaine Rolland (French writer)

“In religion, India is the only millionaire……the One land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for all the shows of all the rest of the globe combined.”
~ Mark Twain (American writer)

Be it the unity in diversity or religious acceptance, scientific achievements or Vedic preachment, dream land or nightmare for poor… India has always been the stage for almost anything moral, immoral, mortal and immortal values. Many renowned personalities all around the world had been mentioning about India in one or the other occasion, for righteous reasons. At the same time our nation was in the news for many more wrong reasons. Of course, every nation is like a coin- having heads and tails in its history. We may call it “Shades of the Nation”. It’s a fact that India, among all the nations has maximum colours in its shades and here are some of them:

  • A well known and well promoted fact all around the world is that India is “Over 450 million people are living under the poverty line, accounting India as a host to over 40% of the world’s poverty.” But at the same time, Forbe’s list of billionaires 2011, contains two persons with Indian nationality, only behind USA. 
  • World is seeing Indians as snake charmers or some random Bharathanatyam dancers while we(Indians) are going to occupy 25% of the world’s new workers in next three years(according to THE HINDU). 
  • While India is considered as one of the few countries who pray female deities, 500,000 female births are gone missing due to illegal abortions in recent decades!

    A grade offices
  • While movies and some reality shows are rumouring that India has lesser ‘A grade’ offices than tiny countries like Singapore (based on the old facts), facts state that in Bangalore, there are more A grade offices than Singapore increasing its office supply by 6 times as compared to 2006.
  • It’s a less known fact to many people that India has one of the best defence force in the world spending $50 billion on defence purchases in the last decade
  •    250 million people do not have access to the drinking water in India. While, some place called Cherrapunji, far away in the east, receives 425 inches of rainfall every year, becoming the wettest place on earth.

Indian Actors
  •     Even Indians admire Hollywood as the biggest film industry, while India sold 3.2 billion tickets last year, forming a bigger market than US and Canada combined!
Oil price hike
  •     Thousands of litres of oil is used in the worshipping of lord Hanuman and drained off, while petrol rates in India have reached 82.6 rupees/litre, highest ever!

The list goes on and on. Main purpose of the list is that there’s no need to be ashamed of being and Indian as there are many proud things about us and there are many issues which need to be sorted out to make our country a biased coin with only good things to say about!

Proud to be an Indian. 

Guest Author: Vivek R
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