10 Reasons Why My India is Regressive


1. Corruption: India is 83rd on world corruption index as per Transparency Index. Most bureaucrats and politicians in the country are corrupt. There is no honesty in corruption as well. In India, bribing also does not ensure that your work will be done or not. So most entrepreneurs prefer to bribe outside of India to set up an industry. πŸ™‚

Some days back, Hindustan Times broke a story that most Indians knew in their heart. There was misuse of Red Cross funds meant for Kargil soldiers by IAS officers. We all know how various unscrupulous individuals and groups duped millions of people by asking money in name of Kargil. But the money never reached those for whom it was meant. 😦

2. Insensitivity to Environment Hazards: India has not yet woken up to the importance of conserving environment and energy.

  • We still use bulbs in place of CFLs. It is not even apparent what could be other reasons of not using CFL other than cost? Do we get poor quality of CFLs in our country?
  • People who take care of India’s recycling are poorest of the poor – ragpickers. Their effort is largely unrecognized. We should also not have manual scavengers work in such unprotected conditions.
  • Asbestos is banned in US and EU because it is carcinogenic and also an environment hazard. But as per Outlook magazine, current Indian government is considering to revoke 20-year-old ban on asbestos mining. Forget environment, what about all those workers who would suffer from lung cancer, asbestosis, mesothelioma, a painful cancer of chest wall lining. Doesn’t this government care for its people?

3. Lack of awareness about consumer rights: We are still not king as consumer. Ok, only till the time we sign that cheque. Most people do not think it is worth their time to pursue their case for redressal. Consumer Rights Protection Act remains underused. 😦

Autowallahs overcharge and refuse to ply. No one is able to regulate them. Calling auto helplines with license numbers does not help either.

4. Ban on Sex Education by Indian States: In a country that is seeing higher incidence of CSA (child sexual abuse) and AIDS cases, we need awareness about safe sex. States like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Kerala, Chattisgarh and Goa have banned sex education in name to preserving culture. If the first few books on sex education were offensive, they should have hired instruction designers to create books in good taste and with firm goals.

5. Article 377: In this country, gay rights are not yet recognized. Gays are subject to harassment by police due to such laws. A previous government’s argument to keep this law was that if gay rights were recognized, more people can be victimised by homosexuals. So, we have a law instead to victimise gays and lesbians.

6. Bad Public Transport System in Cities: I have realized this ever since I joined my new job. It was all the more apparent because in my previous organization, there was a company provided cab. Today I take every mode of transport available in a day. In morning, I take a rickshaw to metro station (in case I am running too late to walk) and then change two metro trains. I take a auto from there to my office that costs me about 70 bucks everyday. On way back from office, because it is too much trouble to find an auto in this posh area. I take a chartered bus to metro station and same route way back. On days, that bus does not arrive, it is a struggle to find a auto. The auto drivers refuse to ply.

You can’t think of traveling in a bus in the evening because one of the sexually deprived Indian male is bound to rub himself against you taking the advantage of the crowd. And I am told Delhi is much better than other cities in terms of public transport. 😦

So what are my options? Get my own car. But there are already huge number of vehicles on Delhi roads causing heavy traffic congestion. Most people don’t car-pool and neither do most companies (except BPO) offer transport. Certainly, post 60 years of Independence, this is a regressive phenomenon.

7. Crotch Scratching Indian Males: I have never seen any male in my family scratching themselves in public or family view. Yet you find several of males scratching themselves vigorously in public places. I wonder why. I suggest all such men see a dermatologist.

8. Peeing in Public: As Khushwant Singh once wrote, It is strange in this country to kiss in public but peeing in public is ok. West is opposite. Hindustan Times once launched a campaign against peeing in public. Several people wrote in to say it was so because that there were lack of public toilets. (There was lot of corruption and misuse of toilets. Several of them were abandoned. But that is a different story itself.) I have a question. If there is so much lack of public toilets, why is it that we find only men peeing in public and never a woman?

9. Voting Patterns in Reality Shows: People still vote on lines of caste and religion. Talent or merit loses in democracy, while mediocrity wins if with regional dose. Victory of Mona Singh over talented dancer Shveta Salve in Jhalak Dilkla Ja, mediocre Ishmeet over talented singers in Voice of India, Sandeep over talented Karunya in Indian Idol 2, and then Prasant won over talented Amit in Indian Idol 3 are glaring examples. Too hard to ignore that people still do not think above religious and regional sentiments.

10. Naagin Serials: Much as we are progressing in terms of quality of creative content in movies, soaps and plays, there are some channels like Zee TV that have serials about Icchadhari Naagins (female snakes that can impersonate as human) taking revenge! And do such serials get audience? Yes!

What are your reasons that may make you think that our country/fellow countrymen may come across as regressive?

34 Responses to “10 Reasons Why My India is Regressive”

  1. 1 dinsan December 18, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    You could have named top “my reasons” why………
    you have included only things of your interest… thats what I felt.. of course environmental issues and corruption are there in anyones list, but this list doesn’t seem to be complete…. or in someway, not satisfactory for me … being frank πŸ™‚

  2. 2 ish December 18, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    Ah, crotch scratching Indian males. I have teachers who do that and then they touch you. It’s utterly disgusting you know. And I don’t think seeing a dermatologist will help them. Seeing a sexologist might.

    And as far as men peeing in public is concerned, I think it’s because of the way our organs are. As a male, you don’t need to remove the pant (I know it’s getting explicit here but there’s no other way to explain this.) and hence we don’t bother to find a toilet and empty ourselves where ever possible. Being a lot more complicated in women, they try to find toilets and adjust with them even if they’re super dirty (which they usually are). Before building new toilets, there’s a need to do something about the condition of the existing ones.

    9th also is very true. The directors of such shows know the public voting trends and sometimes they go out of the way to make it look like a contestant from a particular region is suffering and hence the compassionate people come forward and vote like fools. I know how it happened because me being from the same city as Ishmeet saw what was going on. In his school they used to force the teachers to cast 10 votes for him everyday. And the students of that school would ask everybody to vote for him in the tuitions. And the way judges like Aadesh Srivastav and Lalit Pandit talked to him only made matters much worse. Punjabi’s took it as a personal thing and voted even more. And this doesn’t happen only in these talent shows, politics isn’t much different. The way Narendra Modi manages to win everytime inspite of everybody hating him beats me.

    And it’s not only Zee TV that has crappy shows, almost all of them do. It’s not like these serials started like this. Many of them started as happy family soaps and ended up becoming something about the agony of the lead female with every character marrying 3 times and having some 7-8 kids and sometimes even the makers of the serials don’t realize what they’re doing. Even they get so confused that they forget who is who’s son and who’s husband. Almost every show loses it’s quality as they are stretched like chewing gum. Two of the only decent shows I’ve seen are Sarabhai Vs. Sarabhai and Special Squad. CID used to be great but it’s crap now because they’ve run out of the way crimes can be committed and busted. Sarabhai and Special Squad were good perhaps only because they were stopped once the directors realized there wasn’t much left.

  3. 3 Nita December 18, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    Wow, what a fantastic post Poonam!! About the points, you could have been reading my mind! I would add 1-2 more things. Improvement of Primary education is a must because the children are our future.And more to be done for womens education. They are half our population and they can contribute.
    Stronger punishment for child abuse, and sex offences.

  4. 4 puresunshine December 18, 2007 at 5:48 pm

    Its really sad ya. The corruption charge can never be denied. When will things become clean i dont know. There’s no way out other than pay a bribe. And men do their fav pastime all the time. Guess lack of sophistication because of lack of education is a prime cause

  5. 5 Shikha December 19, 2007 at 6:19 am

    Great post! I am waiting to see more of them in which you pour out your heart…I think bad security system at places of congestion such as airports, metro stations, railway stations, markets etc. along with the unprofessional and apathetic attitude of Indian cops would find a place in my list.

  6. 6 Poonam Sharma December 19, 2007 at 6:21 am

    @dinsan: You are right, this is not exhaustive list. But it certainly deserves a sequel. Like Nita says, primary education and there are others such as reservations, games in my mind. But I tried to make this a balanced list from all walks of life.

    And these are all not only my reasons but some of reasons for anyone, what say?

    @ish: I don’t even want to think about what such men do. They certainly make an disgusting sight. Whatever the reasons, if women don’t pee in public than men can follow the suit and stop finding excuses. It is so uncouth. As for toilet maintainence, less said the better. Voting pattern is sad, I wonder why states take it personally. 😦

    And yes, its not only Zee others have such pathetic serials too. I liked to watch one, Virudhdh. It went well for a while but now it has taken same route as other . 😦

    @Nita, I was expecting a hate mail for this post. I was apprehensive agar kisi ne abuse kiya to. 😦 But your comment makes it worthwhile. Yeah, primary education is very important, in fact we should have reservation in primary in rural areas but not higher institutes of learning. And I also hate that south-north divide. This post needs a sequel, it is not an exhaustive list yet. What do you say?

    @puresunshine: Actually our feudal past never let our Indian males to be conscious of the societal disdain of their uncouthness. They never received disdain for this, this is taken for granted. Wish we start sharing our disdain now.

    @shikha: Girl, you wrote that comment very fast! Yes, bad security and bad cop behavior are other things that could go on the list. In fact, most reader responses make me believe there should be a sequel to this list. Any more things that come to your mind?

  7. 7 Ashish December 19, 2007 at 8:17 am

    You forgot idiot Saas-Bahu serials and judges quarrelling in reality TV shows. πŸ˜›

    Peeing in Public
    Thats because we believe in “Jab tak suraj chand rahega, tab tak hamara India ghaan rahega”. [Ghaan: dirty: marathi]

    States like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Kerala, Chattisgarh and Goa have banned sex education in name to preserving culture.
    Culture my @$$. Kids will find out anyway, its because they[the people] are shy speaking to their children. If this doesn’t improve they will soon be faced with two choices – uphold their culture or fear their child may catch HIV.

    they should have hired instruction designers to create books in good taste and with firm goals.
    Nude magazines & practicals? πŸ˜› I want to go back to school if they do that! πŸ˜†

  8. 8 Nita December 19, 2007 at 8:38 am

    Why not have the ten positive things for the sequel? I think it will be a great morale booster! πŸ™‚

  9. 9 Poonam Sharma December 19, 2007 at 8:46 am

    @Ashish: yes, right saas-bahu and quarrels between judges. πŸ™‚ Why don’t you compile a a list of 10 regressive things of your own. I am sure there will be some more. πŸ™‚

    Nah, instruction designer would never get you nude mags, dear! πŸ™‚

    @Nita, good things draft is already in progress. πŸ™‚ But seems like most people would like to see more things on regressive list.

  10. 10 destinationinfinity December 19, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    There is something about corruption that is totally off peoples minds. It is not because of the authorities being corrupt, but because citizens being corrupt, that corruption is rampant in here. Parents are too ready to give donations for getting a medicine or engg seat for their wards. Contractors are too ready to give gifts to get the govt contract in their favour. Drivers are too ready to give lesser amount to traffic police to avoid the case and more fines, if they do not have the req documents. But when it comes to the govt authorities, we expect strictest discipline and obediance to all laws! Why is the public so selective and is ready to break lot of laws (even unwritten ones!) when they see a certain advantage in doing so BUT expect that the authorities should be law abiding citizens!! They are also people like you and me, sir/madam.

  11. 11 Raj Yadav December 19, 2007 at 1:59 pm

    Poonam kudos for expressing these thoughts. I had once tried to list out these reasons but could not follow it up.
    You could add few more reasons which are equally valid- The biggest one which i think is left out is the menace of caste in our society. This is even bigger challenge than Religion . Everything seems to be dictated by caste even in our thoughts. You have to really interact with ppl from rural background especially to experience this.
    ANother reason is our obsession with heroes. We tend to give them too much importance and neglect the deeds. This we see everywhere with half the country named after Indira and Rajiv Gandhi. I wonder what they will name after Rahul, Priyanka, Robert and their ilk. I dont deny giving due to our heroes but we tend to go overboard.
    Gender Bias which is now likely to lead to a chaos in North India due to skewed Sex ratio is appalling. I personally know of 10s of couples who have aborted their girl child and it gives me a nauceating feeling whenever i see them.

  12. 12 Xylene December 19, 2007 at 2:52 pm

    If only we had more “Patience” on the road, on the streets or while waiting in a queue it would have meant a lot!
    (I guess in every ‘queue’ there will be someone who cuts in front of you !)

  13. 13 ruhi December 20, 2007 at 6:07 am

    Poonam, You forgot to mention that most of the Indians have NO respect for other people’s time and they don’t appreciate if someone helps them. The word “punctuality” is not there in an Indian’s dictionary.

    Most of the employees are treated with disrespect. Not only employees– even students are treated with disrespect by the teachers.

    As long as we don’t learn how to appreciate each other, our society can never progress.

  14. 14 Poonam Sharma December 20, 2007 at 7:52 am

    @destinationinfinity: I agree with you. Corruption is two way. Law officials are corrupt because citizens pay. Certainly if we refuse, the corruption would come down less. I wrote about it in one of my previous posts, describing how educated people bribe the verification officer for passport when they don’t need to. Some of the comments from readers explained that sometimes in case of emergency or some things to do with their older folks they have been forced to bribe. What would you do when you are very needy and honest obviously is not paying off? You want to get your kid in a good school that he/she deserves to be (bcoz has good grades), but you need to donate to get that seat. What would you do? This is just a question to you, do not think that I am promoting bribes.

    @Raj yadav: yes, this list is certainly not exhaustive. Each reader has something on their list that would feature on my list as well. India is no stranger to hero worship, be it cricketers or actors. Gender bias is a issue that is close to my heart. I will soon write about it. It is indeed sad to see your friends, educated folk to indulge into female foeticide. 😦

    @xylene: Queues, we don’t know about it. Patience is a virtue that vehicle owners don’t have. Btw, did you hear that now pedestrians can also be fined for jaywalking?

    @ruhi: Officially, time delays are quite rare now. I mean I have not encountered it in private sector, perhaps because we deal mostly with clients abroad. So sensitivity to time is of prime importance. I think this could be a problem with government employees. Our interaction with govt. officials has decreased due to most of services going online.

    Employee disrespect certainly have not faced it. In fact, the organizations I have worked with gave enough opportunities to be an empowered employee. We never ever address anybody as archaic “Sir” either. We insist on open flow of information. Similarly, I have never faced student disrespect nor have witnessed any. It could be true in some places though. But, thankfully, I am not aware.

    Did you/your acquaintance face any while you were here?

  15. 15 Xylene December 20, 2007 at 9:48 am


    I remember sometime back when traffic lights were introduced to a busy intersection near my hometown, a policeman was harassing the poor pedestrians for not following the lights, while in the background there was chaos with all the vehicles all over !

  16. 16 vaishno December 20, 2007 at 9:59 am

    Hey Poonam,

    Fantastic article. very nicely written.

    Corruption – So ture yaar! In spite of bribing the other fellow, there is no surety that things will b taken care off.

    Would like to add on one thing, why can’t we have free primary education per locality ( like in the USA)? That too, teach kids in English and one local language (i’m i asking for too much!)

    I totally agree with you on these reality shows voting patterns. This is definitely a concern, cause often most talented people are are voted not for! i dont understand if it is the problem with the voting system or manipulation beiing done. and one more thing, if notice programs like sa re ga ma pa, they should have hanicapped kids in the same show as other kids! those kids get more votes than the rest ( irrespective of their talent, which is not fair at all). Let them have a separate show for handicapped kids!

    7th point is also so true!!! errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr… grossssssssssssssssss! horrible!

    Peeing in public – i swear! there should be enough public bathrooms and more so, there should be some caretaker, cause they r so dirty that people acutally prefer open bathrooms to those public toilets!

    Naagin shows! but hey, if people are making such shows, that means there is a demand for such shows, and mind you, viewership of these shows is no less than any reality shows on the television… so, cant help it!

  17. 17 destinationinfinity December 20, 2007 at 9:59 am

    Ok, let us be more, as what people (Junta of our nation! – who are the main culprit in my (only my) point of view) call it – PRACTICAL. Lets take a situation you had indicated – good education.

    Let us suppose that I have finished my 12th Std. I need to take up, say engineering. I have three options – One is IITs/BITS/NITs and other premium inst, second is GOVT colleges. The third option is private engineering colleges. If i have excellent marks or if I am SC/ST with good marks, I have a very good chance of getting the first or second option without having to bribe. If I and my parents think that I am still a deserving candidate, I could choose the payment seats or donation seats available in the private engineering colleges. (Vast majority of the junta come in to this category). So, I pay money (which are mandatory in most of Engg colleges in the name of donations) and I get admitted into the big vast majority of Engineerism. Now, what do I get in return for my money? A BE Degree for one. If I pass, that is. I also get four years of memorizing the formulae, applying the memorized formulae to derive further equations which I had also memorized, and the biggest of all – Reproducing the course material – a large portion of text. The more memory power I have, the more marks I get. At the most, I can understand what I memorize (this is very rare though).

    I pay such a large amount of Tution fees and also the donations and also the fines and also the bus fees (The list goes on….),for, 4 years of the above mentioned routine and shameless cramming and memorizing all because I wanted those two magical words behind my name! Beacuse, my cousin got it before me, bcos my neibhours have it BUT SADLY not because I wanted to learn Engineering! Not because I wanted to apply my engineering skills either for research or into application. Even if I want to, I cannot do it – because such is the state of educational system in India.

    Now why is the state of educational system so bad in India? Because people look at it as an business oppurtunity rather than enlightening their pupil with education and knowledge. Because colleges want to churn more and more marks from their students so that they could advertise better in the next year and get more admissions and of course, More Money. Because students want to get to better colleges and are willing to pay more so that they get good oppurtinities with top class companies which pay them More Money.

    So, we have an excellent win-win situation here for the educators as well as the educated where both will get More Money. As thats what both parties are primarily interested in!.

    I dont advocate people not to pay money. Pay as much as you want. But be aware of what you get in return for the hard earned money you have paid. Paying donations, which are as good as paying bribes does not give you good quality education.

    Destination Infinity.

  18. 18 Poonam Sharma December 20, 2007 at 11:49 am

    @xylene: This is I what precisely feared. I wrote about it in comments in all blogs that were gaga about this new fine.

    @vaishno: No disagreement on any of your points. But I still wonder how we still have demand of naagin serials? I thought concept was dead, it was last heard in Sri Devi era.

    @destinationinfinity: I don’t want Engineering but still do it for good living syndrome certainly contributes to congestion in engineering seats (leading to high donations). Yet, as you have pointed out, is an inevitable phenomenon. ?No one wants to lag behind in this rat race. 😦

  19. 19 destinationinfinity December 20, 2007 at 1:38 pm

    In my opinion, we cannot categorize anything as Absolutely Right or Absolutely Wrong. IF the Good living Synderome is about making money and leading a lavish life style only, then the existing corrupt situation would benifit everyone. I dont see why it should make to the top of the why-my-India-Is-Regressive list at all. After all, the people working in the Govt segment also have to earn more to cope up with the inflatory boom that the economy has produced (and hence catch up in the rat race). We know about the speed of salary increases and promotions in the Govt segment. If we dont want corruption just because we are loosing our money, I would call it selfish, as we are ready to involve ourselves in corruption if situation so demands, like giving donations to educational institutions (just for argument sake). Can we come up with atleast five valid reasons (Except its against the Law and I am loosing my money) as to why we do not want corruption in our country? This is important. I want to give my reasons right away. But it will be great if any of you could help me out.

    Destination Infinity.

  20. 20 arvind December 20, 2007 at 5:15 pm

    A good post indeed but is the word regressive APt one… except the point one and two which has marked its presence recently ,the other things were even worse before .. Atleast now people know something as “human rights” its still less but at least something is being done to protect humans from savage and barbarism..
    i agree totally with u o the public urination issue asn something need to be done about that..the only way is to build more toilets as we know all people may not be responsible enough to think before they do such act … this cant be changed overnight…
    corruption has been discussed many times so i dont want to discuss it any further..
    i dont think the daily soaps are getting any creative..Soaps are becoming disgusting in every aspect house womens are wasting majority of their time in watching these good for nothing soaps where one women plots against another..they are just eternal..god save us from these soaps…
    It would have been better if you had used 10 th point under the heading superstition…i guess india is the home of superstitions..be it anything superstions in our religions are never away..
    you have missed the main FActor, mother of all , POPUlation explosion…
    you could have added that..
    well just saying what i thought πŸ™‚

  21. 21 Poonam Sharma December 21, 2007 at 3:56 am

    @destinationinfinity: I never justified giving donation to education institutes, but it will continue to happen if there is no cap on taking such donations. Hard fact is it is far more difficult to procure a government job due to corruption, most vocational living sources don’t do well, and so if a child’s future depends on good education, any parent with money to spare will pay. It is not so easy to dicate don’t pay donation. I don’t want to, but I can’t put a child’s future at stake, that is what most parents will tell you.

    @arvind: I agree there could be more things on this post. However, corruption is more regressive than population explosion. We could make the number of human resources work for us, in fact it does. But there is no way corruption can contribute to the progress of the country. That’s why title includes “regressive”

    Certainly, lots of time is being wasted watching these good-for-nothing soaps. Superstition could be on list. However, I find very less presence of it in urban India these days. Do you come across it?

  22. 22 ruhi December 21, 2007 at 6:19 am

    Poonam, My observations are based on daily interactions with Indians here. There is a stark difference in their attitude. For them, 10-15 minutes late for a meeting is fine! Even while I was in India, I have often come across people who feel that arriving late isn’t really a big deal. I’m not talking about Govt. employees only.

    The customer service in India sucks and again, it’s not just Govt. employees. Private banks, multiplexes, telecommunications…you just name it. Frankly speaking, as long as I was in India, even I didn’t know that I was being not treated very well. I know what you mean- yes, nobody came out outrightly and abused me or anything- but still, there is a big difference in the way people are generally ‘appreciated’ – or , in fact, not appreciated- in India.

  23. 23 arvind December 21, 2007 at 9:51 am

    yeah i do come across superstions ….and i am quite surprised that you dont find it ..i want to see those kind of people/..
    i see a lot of superstitions most of them that thrive with the support of religion on it ..
    every eclipse brings along with it a hell lot of superstitions/// every special day starts with customs that account to nothing but superstions.
    well ,i face it daily here …

  24. 24 Poonam Sharma December 21, 2007 at 10:30 am

    @ ruhi and arvind:

    Seems like each one has different experiences.

    @ruhi: I work in e-learning and most of it is with clients abroad. We can not afford to be late for a web conferences, tele conferences or even deadlines. We can easily lose contracts over time issue. They have happened in past for even being a n hour late delivery on drop dead delivery date. Punctuality has, hence, never been a problem.

    As for arrival time, in such companies it doesn’t matter when you come in and go provided you finish the allocated work to you on time. You get fired on performance issue and lose out on performance incentives. There is a PMS (time for task manager) that constantly track time spent on each work. No getting away, time is money.

    BPOs have their employees half an hour prior to login time. No one logs out prior time. Even call duration for the login of 8 hours should not be more than the stated. Its a dog’s life there.

    Most Indian organizations (lala-type) maintain an archaic register for attendance time. They also have rules like more than 3 arrivals after 9.15, a day’s salary or leave is deducted. It works!

    Even the vendors like telephone, mobile, internet, electricity, water bills arrive on time at home while it used to be a major issue long time ago.

    Any organization where employees don’t care about time will be a loser organization in this cut-throat world.

    If I work hard and good, no one dares disrespect me. They NEED me. (Or I will go elsewhere) Period.

    Nah! I am sad you had to face that. I am ashamed that some Indians behave in such a manner abroad but I can vouch for this that the people who went to work on client side on behalf of my company were more punctual than their American counterparts.

    @arvind: Blame it on my restricted existence. Where does life go? Home to work and work to home. Weekends for parties and other sundry work. I dnt know any friend who believes in superstition. My family does not, now. In fact, do rarely come across nimboos and mirchees on autos and so on. Hence, such an observation. πŸ™‚

  25. 25 arvind December 21, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    wow… i would love to be in ur shoes th3en..
    πŸ˜› . seriously ,atleast few people like you are away from these things…
    well i have lived in delhi for about 17 years and last three years i am living in chennai..
    both places i have come across some very funny incidents..
    one of them is ” chappal ulta mat utharo ”
    ghar mein jagde hote hain..i mean if they say it looks bad i can agree to some point..it makes no sense..its really absurd..
    and right here in my family i have been told to eat food well before eclipse.. πŸ™‚
    there are just innumerable .. πŸ˜€

  26. 26 Smoochy December 22, 2007 at 9:48 am

    Well, I understand corruption, public transport, environment etc., but crotch scratching? As disgusting as that may be, i fail to see how it makes the country regressive? Are you talking about ’causes’ or ‘indicators’ of regressiveness? Because there can be a million indicators, but problems can be solved only by tackling root causes. Case in point: people voting for Mona Singh is an indicator, caste/region/religion are causes. Snatching the prize from Mona wont solve anything.

    By the way, my addition to the above list would be: lack of queue discipline. You see people forming and respecting queues in ‘civilized’ places, but not here. I’ve even blogged about it here

    Will probably come back and add more later. Blog on!

  27. 27 kpowerinfinity December 22, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    This is a brilliant post!

    There is a lot wrong about the country — but the approach I usually like is that there is a lot which is right as well, and we should also focus on that. Not in the whole ‘India is the next economoic superpower’ magazine cover story sense, but more about ground realities. What makes India tick? Always amazes me.

    On the issue of environmental consciousness, I would entread all readers here to watch Story of Stuff

  28. 28 lallopallo December 23, 2007 at 6:56 am

    Good post!

  29. 29 praneshachar December 24, 2007 at 3:10 am

    wonderful post
    coming to corruption why in redcross funds for kargil it happened in case of coffins for the dead defence personnel. In all these cases there are two groups one which wants every thing to go right and get the right thing but irony is the other group is so powerful they see at how much will flow back t o party/individual. no party is exception. in all parties there are individulal who are clean.
    environmental issues we all must introspect and start nurturing these issues. public awareness is very much needed and it will go a long in way in saving this earth and also conserving resources.
    Consumer rights are not known for many and so many are lazy and others by seeing the
    process and duration it takes keep away but there are some activists who fight and resultls are encouraging. it is high time the seller respects the consumer rights and delivers quality goods and does the after sales service efficiently.
    sex education and issues of gay marriages it takes long time here to people to accept.
    at least it should start with bigger cities where chances of young students getting spoiled it is kept informed about the pros and cons of these and importance of our culture and respect we give to values. but situation in metros today is very bleak and things are going our of control this needs to be arrested
    public transport neees to be given lot os importance as it is linked to environemetals issues also so there is need for improvemnt and I feel it is improving in some cities atleast.
    issues 7 and 8 needs to be addressed and again it is awareness and lot is desired
    voting in reality shows I fully concur with your views. It ws great karunya came to finals in this voting pattern lot to be desired and real talent gets out in mad voting
    It is for the organisers to make a mix of judges opinion, seperate jury(may be set of greatpersonalities in the field other than judges) and votes polled. each one should have a point scale and evaluation is based on sum of all instead of only on SMS poll
    last one will exist as long as people go on accepting such things

  30. 30 Poonam Sharma December 25, 2007 at 6:21 am

    @arvind: Actually my folks also dont talk much about superstition. They know agar bolenge bhi to mein sunne wali nahi hun yeh wali baat. πŸ™‚

    @smoochy: Scratching crotch in public is a sign of regression because it shows lack of grooming, basic grooming. It is only indicator, the inverse is not always meant to be directly progressive. Certainly snatching prize from Mona won’t help, but making mediocrity win is a sign of regression.

    Sure lack of queue is part of civic sense, will take a look at your post. πŸ™‚

    @kpowerinfinity: Certainly there are good things. Good things post will come soon too. πŸ™‚
    Will take a look at your post.

    @lallopallo: Thanks! πŸ™‚ Which ones were your favorite points?

    @praneshachar: I have not forgotton that coffin scam in Kargil. And yes, Karunya lost to these pathetic voting pattern. Some rules definitely need to be changed about these reality shows.

  31. 31 lallopallo December 27, 2007 at 6:16 am

    I liked all points Poonam.

  32. 32 Jonathan Hernandez December 12, 2009 at 6:20 am

    thanks for being such a valuable resource

  33. 33 dgreatblog July 14, 2010 at 8:03 am

    great share, great article, very usefull for me…thank you
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  34. 34 Shreyas Prometheus June 15, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    You know , Poonam , it’s charming that you took out time to blog your thoughts out and et al.

    But there is only one simple truth. Indians, by nature , are finetuned to exist in a world of their own. A bubble. So , no amount of rationality will ever seep in.

    So , India wont change. If you have a problem , you’re welcome to piss off.

    I do have a problem , and I am pissing off. Am I a traitor , Am I a deserter? Call me what you want , but I have to make life comfortable and enjoyable for myself and my future family . All my efforts , the reason I study , ..degrees and internship , all of it coagulates into that very eventuality.

    You cannot vindicate me for trying to have a better life.

    anyway , cheers.

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