‘India’s population is its biggest strength. More people means more brains and more brains means more development’. This was an answer given by a beauty pageant contestant a few years back and I remember being amused at her optimism because in my opinion its our population that needs to be addressed first before any basic problem can be solved permanently. Today I agree with her to some extent.
Watching our big neighbour China put on such a splendid show for the Olympics made me realize that if you put your heart and soul into something, you can easily turn doubts into beliefs and beliefs into reality. China has embarked on this rapid economic development quest of theirs at a huge risk to their environment,culture and political standing but all that put aside they managed to achieve something great even with a population bigger than ours. We are in no way a lesser economic power but the problem is not with the country but with the people.
We find it below our dignity to pick up someone else’s trash and put it into the dustbin. I myself am guilty on many accounts and am not too proud of it. We also think that jeans is way cooler than salwar-kameez. I have nothing against people who wear western wear, it is just that do not degrade your own culture.Someone who wears jeans does not become a babe and someone who wears salwar-kameez does not become a behenji. It’s what in your head and heart that matters.
I think we need to start taking pride in our culture, our traditions and ourselves. It is only then that people outside will realize how awesome India is because we are walking talking advertisements for our nation.