Struggling in Shambles

Not until we dare to regard ourselves as a nation, not until we respect ourselves, can we gain the esteem of others, or rather only then will it come of its own accord”-Albert Einstein

The last couple of months have seen me traveling more than I have in the last few years. I’ve observed more than was required; guess partly out of habit but primarily because of a highly intellectual and thought stimulating company during these trips.

We have a rich history as a nation, but somewhere down the line, things got awry… something terrible happened with the common Indian psyche… this I speak of the huge faceless and nameless masses that comprise the nation… if those few who come across this piece feel offended, I’d like to point that they comprise of the privileged handfuls who have access to a computer and an internet connection and are lucky exceptions in the grand scenario.

I have been pondering about the roots of this sense of awe that an average Indian associates with the western culture…

Lord Macaulay(who introduced the British system of education in India in 1835) stated the following words on Feb 2, 1835 in the British Parliament:

“I have traveled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one person who is a beggar, who is a thief. Such wealth I have seen in the country, such high moral values, people of such caliber, that I do not think we would ever conquer this country, unless we break the very backbone of the nation, which is her spiritual and cultural heritage, and, therefore, I propose that we replace her old and ancient education system, her culture, for if the Indians think that all that is foreign and English is good and greater than their own, they will lose their self-esteem, their native self-culture, and they will become what we want them, a truly dominated nation.”

I think it’s been a vicious circle since then… India as a country has been short of people passionate enough for its cause, and Indians as countrymen, haven’t been able to find reasons to ignite their passions for the betterment of their own motherland…

A sure shot solution to the situation? My answer, A Time Machine…!


14 thoughts on “Struggling in Shambles

  1. are u passionate???
    difficult to answer!!!
    same for me too, collective blame game not justified here…

    btw really love the vicious circle thng, just brings back th memories of odgen nash poem about goin to a dentist

    i dont consider the statement by einstein regarding the concept of NATIOn any good, he is the guy who left his country looking for better thngs

    a time machine just complicates thngs, anyway me quite not likin ne kind of sci-fi stuff

  2. @Desh

    Most of us are fair weather frends of r country.

    we cheer for it when an Infy gets listed in NASDAQ, while we roll our eyes in disgust when we see young, almost healthy men n women beg at the redlights…

    we feel proud when a Metro rail adorns a Metroplitan city, while we evade those toll fares, speed our cars with the security personnel shouting obscenties behind…

    we are ashamed of r fellow countrymen when a German volunteers to clean the Dal lake single handedly, while we continue to dump plastic bags in the rivers of our cities…

    we feel anger towards the killer bluelines that have cost so many lives till now, but the slightest of inconvenience on their removal drives us to such fury that we damage the DTC’s that r tryin to restore normalcy…
    …hell…I culd go on n on n it wuld b another post! lolz…

    Yeah the dentist poem by Ogden Nash is a part of the most livid memories of English classes in skool…!

    Albert Einstein gave a solution to the problem that plagued his times, n ours too… It’s success reqd a setup gr8er than his lone stand culd suffice…Guess dats y he took the easier way out(like the rest of us…)

    And, if i get to see a Time m/c in this lifetime…i dun mind a ride or two! 😉

  3. even i wont mind a ride on time machine though, wud be interestin to go back to 50’s to see a yound madhubala 😉

    btw i really liked the response, a start of Reuter RSS feed and end with a reference to einstein

    btw by DTC u do mean the Delhi Buses, rite??? had a horrid time with them in delhi, tht was shakeup time basically for them, as for my current place bangalore i wont really comment on the traffic 🙂

  4. Thanx for likin this response…

    Yeah, DTC r those Del buses…”Delhi Transpot Co.”
    Delhi isnt exactly famous for its hospitable ways…u misght hav had ur share of experiences too… 🙂
    Infact I was travellin in one of ’em today, n this post n my response to ur comment came to my mind…i culd add a thing or two dere…lolz…!
    Bangalore too has its share of Jams n stuff i’ve heard…but as far as rudeness quotient goes… Delhi wins hands down! 😀

  5. yep dilli wins hands down in rudeness quotient goes, have always considered mumbai to be a much mellowed down version of a metro
    have had my adventures in DTC and contract waali buses in Dilli, have fallen from one once with my finger almost getting crushed 😐

    but jumped onto most of them 🙂

    have had livid experiences in palika baazr and new delhi station and sarojani nagar

    but i still quite like th place, though not tht much

  6. Wid DTC..every1 has a story to tell…
    But i hav an emotional attachment towards them… 🙂
    Of all the places u mentioned…the stn gives me a very gud feeling…sply when im comin to Del from smewhere…

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