- Posted August 19, 2013 by
New Delhi, India
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An Indian's Unspoken Desire
The stagnancy is unmistakable. The government is still against the people, we are still dividing our land into new states, our servile behaviour to the white, western world continues unabated and we are purely incapable of comprehending the concept of society and independence.
I had once made a disdainful comment, on The Economist forum, to a foreign national for calling India a ‘mosquito infested’ country. As an afterthought, I realized that is true. We are infested. Infested with corrupt politicians, tax-evading businessmen, hostile government officials, sex offenders and rapists and people who couldn’t care less about what is going on in their immediate environment. And yes, mosquitoes.
Foreign nationals have this understanding that we might be used to the third-world lifestyle – the dirt and heat, uncouth people, bumpy roads, frequent power cuts, water logged streets, child labour and maltreated women. The eternal struggle for the basic living amenities and for most, to survive just one more day continues intensely. The ironical truth is we aren’t used to it. Every passing day, every Indian yearns for a better life than what yesterday offered. We want better roads, uninterrupted electricity and gas, schools and hospitals, public security, women safety, declining corruption and graft and a better government
To my foreigner friend, I had said “You are here for 3 months and you justifiably want things to change here because your experience is getting soured. We have stayed here for more than 25 years, whatever it is that you want here, we want more”.
This is our country, our land, our people. Whatever anybody could demand from this country, we want more.