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July 21, 2010

Part 2

Before I start out, a few important disclaimers:

  • So how many of you are ‘Proud to be an Indian’? For one, I am not. I do not know of one achievement of my country that I should be proud off. India is not the best. Not even close. This does not mean I do not love India. I most definitely do. Just like every Somalian loves Somalia, and every Libyan loves Libya. You get the drift, right?
  • I am sure there are as many articles and books about India as much as its population. Add mine to it.
  • Those people who say ‘You have a problem with India? Get out of it then!’ need mental help.
  • It is completely my opinion. You are free to voice yours. I have the right to disagree with you.

Niceties done, let’s move on.

India. A country brimming with poverty, corruption, crime. With no immediate solution in sight. With all things gone wrong. A country where human life is given no value (Maybe because excess supply and lesser demand reduces the value).

Lets begin with,


Reason No.1 for me to be ashamed of my country. Not one. I repeat, NOT ONE political leader, in the last 62 years of Independent India, has emerged who has the nation’s best interests in his mind. The politicians talk of bringing in a change into the society before the elections, but end up taking away all the change available into their homes after elections. If on the one hand we have BJP which is communal, anti-muslim and plays up the Hindutva card every time, we have Congress on the other. A party which is unbelievably corrupt. What flummoxes me is, if the BJP is billed communal for aligning with the ‘Shiv Sena’, then why is the Congress not billed communal for aligning with ‘All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen’ or ‘Indian Union Muslim League’? Aren’t they communal parties too?

IMO, the Congress Party is singularly responsible for the state of affairs in India today. Thanks to Nehru’s crap politics, Sardar Patel could not finish the task he set out to do. His daughter Indira Gandhi, a selfish powerhog, closed the Indian economy for FDI, and went on to impose emergency. We had good thinkers like PV Narasimha Rao, who opened up the Indian ecenomy again, and Manmohan Singh, who is responsible for bringing India from negative deficit to a country with a Trillion Dollar reserve. Unfortunately, one is blamed for the Babri Masjid fiasco, and the other lacks spine. But then, they are always considered to be warming the throne till the heir-apparent to takes their place.

Indian politics is nonsense, and every single entity is corrupt.


The moment I think of Indian Police, a mental image of rotund, potbellied, corrupt, morally bereft person comes to my mind. And what’s more? It is entirely true. Barring maybe, 1 in 10,000, every Indian policeman is the same. Till date, every time I had to deal with a policeman, it left a bitter taste in the mouth. Good cops might exist, but only in movies.


It amuses be beyond anything that people actually fight over religion. They play politics using the religion card. What is supposed to be a very a private and personal aspect of an individuals life, is bought into the open, and is being mocked at. Sadly, those who know what their religion actually means never come out into the public, and leaving us with jokers like Nityananda and Zakhir Naik.

In the name of religion and culture, goons like the Shiv Sena vandal public property, terrorise people. Who are they to object when a boy and a girl hang out? Didn’t Hindu gods have ‘love’ marriage? Didn’t they have more than one partner? This selective distortion of facts in the name of culture must stop. For that matter, talking of culture, IMO, there is no such thing as ‘Indian culture’ anymore. We are now a potpourri of Persian, Moghul, Jain and even English cultures.  And if by ‘Indian Culture’ you mean ‘Hindu Culture’, it is my prerogative to not adhere to the ‘Indian Culture’.

And the day we stop referring to Muslims as minorities, we start behaving as a true secular country. How can you even call someone a minority? Why is religion even considered as a demographic to list out minorities? Aren’t we supposed to be a Secular nation? Or, are we just a pseudo-secular nation masquerading in the guise of secularism?


One word. Political agents. All of them. How many of you know that Barkha Dutt and Vir Sanghvi also figure in the CBI report regarding the 2G scandal? It was all hushed up because they protect their own. Just like the politicians.

Urban Infrastructure

I am sure most of you know about the conspiracy theory that Apollo 11 did not land on moon, and it was all studio managed? Now here is another. The Chandrayaan never made it to the moon. It landed on an Indian road. That explains the moon’s terrain, and M^3 finding water on it. China built a 36km long trans-ocean bridge in under 2 years, while It takes 10 years to build a lousy looking 5km sealink in India. That should put things in perspective about our new so called engineering marvel.

The highways and the expressways are the backbone of any thriving economy. But Indian highways are sure to give you a thriving pain in your backbone, assuredly. We used to build about 8km of roads every day a decade ago, thankfully, it increased to about 22km a day. A very negligible number compared to other countries, but hey, considering this is India, it is a big deal!

We have filthy, urban slums as our metropolitan cities. Do we have one world class city with world class amenities? One city we can compare with a Shanghai, or a KL, or a Singapore? Zilch. According to international standards, atleast 15% of the city’s total area must be roads, and not surprisingly, only one Indian city meets the criteria, New Delhi with 22% of its total area being roads. Actually, with the kind of road-laying and road-digging we do, am sure we must have built more roads than anyone else has ever built, but sadly, they only last till the next rainfall.

A special mention must be made about the internet infrastructure of India. A country which prides itself as a net-savvy country, a software superpower, has one of the least internet penetration percentages in the world. Archaic infrastructure, government bureaucracy, and the lack of will on behalf of the powers to be has resulted in this. It is high time lethargic and nonperforming entities like BSNL and MTNL are completely privatised like VSNL.


Do yourself a favour, and stop dreaming up about other sports flourishing in India. We are not a sports friendly nation, and nothing can change that fact. India will never make it to the FIFA WC Finals, and Indian Hockey is a joke. The other sports can throw in a decent player from time to time who will be hyped up by the media before they fade into oblivion, or marry a Pakistani. We as a country always celebrate mediocrity, and will continue to celebrate mediocrity. IMO, it’s time we change our national sport to cricket. And no, cricket is NOT responsible for any other sport’s decline.

With the four estates of the society on the verge of collapsing, it is already too late to try and repair the damage. All we can do is try and arrest the collapse, or delay the collapse.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Bella permalink
    July 21, 2010 1:19 pm


  2. Pavan permalink
    July 21, 2010 3:27 pm


  3. Jeshwanth permalink
    July 22, 2010 1:44 pm

    Good one !

  4. Vivek permalink
    July 22, 2010 1:56 pm

    While I appreciate your sincerely written and well, frank statements, I must also say that there is still hope. We may not become the super power that media keeps speaking abt, we can be a good nation. At least a responsible nation. Dont you think so?

    • July 22, 2010 9:19 pm

      Definitely yes!
      After all, being an Indian has taught me to be an eternal optimist! 🙂

  5. sameer permalink
    July 22, 2010 4:45 pm

    for once….somebody was bold enough to raise his voice….and still gud enough to love the country no matter wat…i rate dis at 10 on 10 when it comes to respponsibility…

    • July 22, 2010 9:20 pm

      thanks mate! 🙂

  6. Navaneeta permalink
    July 23, 2010 4:37 pm

    neat! well articulated .

  7. kashyap permalink
    December 7, 2010 4:14 am

    Hmm. I think now you may drop the para about sports 😀

    • December 7, 2010 11:28 pm

      No 😛

      India always did well in CWG and Asiads, where there is no, or less competitions. We’ll continue to suck in Olympics.


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