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Who cares???

We're from INDIA. 'We're the next BIG thing'. 'India Everywhere!'.'Watch out West, here we come!' 'The next century belongs to India and China.' 'Dragon v/s Tiger'. Everytime we see such lines on news-deprived news channels or in some tabloids, we gloat blithely and satisfacorily. Agreed. We have managed to change the idea that the west has of India from being a land of snake-charmers to an extremely promising land with prodigal kids and extremely talented youth who vie for the same jobs as them and in most cases, get them too. We have arrived. But in the midst of all this growth, there's one thing that we've allowed to come into our lives so much that now we hardly seem to notice it despite it staring in the eye - the 'Who cares' attitude.

In the wake of this middle-class affluence and the new-found splurging power, we, the urban Indian youth, seem to be a rather confused lot. We slog it out at work for 5 days during which life is as miserable as it can get with the daily traffic snarls, 8-hour work schedules, less time with family, stress, back aches, mood swings, anxiety and then we unwind it all during weekends at the nearby mall or at the pub . We binge on the Big Macs, buy the biggest brands and catch the latest movie at the multiplex. What more could we want?

One thing we don't notice or choose not to notice is the fact that we have slowly and steadily begun to imitate the west in almost all ways... and mind you, we're quite good at it. From casual relationships to increasing drunk driving incidents to not knowing who our neighbours are to mall-crawling, increasing hate crimes, gun culture, sex scandals, drunken brawls, increasing waistlines and receding hairlines, Americanism has hit us hard and how! And we're lovin' it, aren't we!

That's the thing about us Indians. We tend to embrace every culture, every lifestyle as our own. We let in the Europeans and embraced their way of life when all our petty kings were busy back-stabbing each other for power. If only our kings had been as loyal to their subjects as the British are to their queen! And its this that has let us down throughout the course of our history. In time we've somehow mastered the uncanny knack of carefully picking up everything apart from the good qualities of any culture. For instance, America is a land of such opportunity that even a peanut-seller could become their President(that's Jimmy Carter). We take potshots on them and their leaders and circulate mails about Americans being stupid (Remember Chetan Bhagat, that amateur, Bollywood-ish 'writer' and his 35=10 rule?) while sitting at the desk of an American company. We love Chinese and Japanese electronic gizmos, who gives a damn about their patriotism and diligence? Most urban Chinese or Japanese don't even know English and yet they're way ahead of us. The magnitude and quality of innovation and research and flawless and efficient administration is way better than our own. China produces atleast 10 times more P.Hd's than India every year and wins as many(or maybe a bit less) Olympic medals than the number of MLAs in the Karnataka assembly(224) while we still count on the Bhupatis, Leanders and the occasional shooters and weightlifters to win atleast as many medals as the number of independents in the Karnataka Assembly(six!)

All true... but who cares??

We still have a LONG LONG way to go before any comparison can be made between India and China or the US on any other issue apart from intellect, capable human resources and of course, population(we've always been a front-runner in that!). Its high time we gave a damn...


pavi said…
its SO..So..true!!!we can never ever get close to de US!let alone de urban population...our rural crowd is so bloody initial sympathy for those folks will only leave u frustrated in de end!!!n if our country has such a big puncture at de grass root level point finding flaws wid de urban youth!anywayz good post..

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