As you grow up in this absurd country of myriad problems and a very weird general behaviour, you’re bound to come across the usual, “India sucks because ____ .” and when you’re young, a teenager perhaps, you might start pointing each one of these problems on your blog and your friends will start loving you for that. However, a time comes, when you grow up and around this time, you’ll find your own perspective on things especially if you’re a guy who always wants the answers or at least a general idea about why something works or why something does not. Today, I’m going to give my view on why India sucks and put an official end to the India Rant posts that the readers of The Polymath has been accustomed to since it’s start in 2011.
India is a beautiful country not devoid of problems. In fact, there are a lot of problems here and they might not increase but they do not decrease. There are general issues of poverty and crime, then there are deeper issues like farmer security, recession, the economy, the government, development and so on and then there are those very important reasons about why this country sucks – bad internet – because the only people who rant about the country being bad is those who have bad internet. The others are stuck to the more grounded issues and realities. Naturally, the internet generation is also the youth. The problem is that our country is an amalgamation of the Western and the Indian set of culture and values and none of them are wrong but just like a mixture needs time and shaking to settle down and mix properly, the country and the people need to adjust to this new mixture of values, lifestyle and culture. It’s becoming its own thing and if you have that vision so far, you can see something very unique and beautiful at the end of the tunnel. However, right now it’s a mess and I acknowledge that and so does every other teenager on this subcontinent. That’s good. All of us, the adults, the young, the old and experienced and the kids, all of us acknowledge the problem in our own twisted, selfish logic but we do.
The real issue is after that step. You see, once something is problem, it has to be addressed but the problem with India is that there are two classes of people pulling it back. In my opinion, that is. The Bad and the Lazy. Let’s address them one by one.
The Bad are more or less everywhere. This includes the rude and selfish who’d sell the world for their own good to the rapists and thieves and everyone in between. These people are present in every country, developed or developing. It’s just that we only know what we’re shown and no one, mind you, no one shows the bad. Even the bad that’s shown to you is dumbed down to approximately say 50% of how bad it actually is. Would you tell someone how bad your school was when they ask if it’s a good school to go to? I doubt that. You’d overlook the bad parts in hindsight because now you’re describing it and you belong there, how can you tell them it’s bad. The same scenario is everywhere. Good shit, sells. Bad realities, don’t. So, the bad aren’t a problem as much as a hurdle, we can and will cross them slowly, in our own way but we’ll do it.
Now comes the actual problem, the Lazy. I’ll take this forward with an illustration, have you ever opened a government website in India (could be anything) and then cringed because they can’t even make one website properly? We’ve all been there and we’ve all had the same response. I did the same a few months back when my brother, who is a very big inspiration for whatever I say on this blog, told me the following
It sucks because people like you enrol for BCA and plan to go for MCA but while you’re making those plans, you already plan and start dreaming about how you’ll want a job at Google. No one tries to enter NIC (National Informatics Centre). So, these websites will keep on sucking as long as people like you seeking comfortable options.
I had no reply. He was right. Isn’t that what we all do? Yes, the education system might be a mess but at the same time, you have to prove yourself in an exam, which none of us do and then we go on blaming the country for either high education fee or sub-par education or the reservation system even though we did nothing in the exam that system relates to. Yes, the salaries might be bad in Private companies but how many of us join them because “waha bahar jane ka bahut scope hai.” (there’s a lot of scope for getting transferred abroad). How many of us are told to slog our asses to get into IITs so that we can get a good package in some US Tech Giant? There are countless examples.
Now, I can’t go ahead and say, “Kill your dreams” but I’ll definitely say, “You can either escape from the problem or you can solve it, you cannot do both.” The NIC example above is one perfect example about why our websites suck. The list goes on and on.
Stop being lazy, stop taking the easy options, if you take the easy options don’t blame the country. India is just 67 years old as an Independent country and with the tech-age and globalisation, there are more problems than what the now developed countries had when they were still developing. You know what the worst part is, you can’t find an eighteen-year old who sticks around for a discussion on these issues but you can definitely find an eighteen-year old ranting about slow internet on Facebook.
Think about it, I’m sure you would if you’ve stuck this far on this article. Do comment your opinion and let me know what you think about this direction of thought.