India And Its Future.

Science has become religious and religion is pretending to be Science. That is where the problem is. Neither understands the other.
Devdutt Pattanaik.

“JP Morgan elegantly points to the ruins of emerging markets and says India is a nice house in a bad street! I would add further… The western world is founded on the principles of liberal, free market, democracy… Outside the OECD and the western Anglo Saxon Protestant world, literally in the entire globe there is one other example of this experiment and that is India…we are the West and England’s most natural ally… We speak the language, sing Beatles songs, read Wodehouse and want to grow up to be Sherlock.

Despite our many failings we are a giant and a colossus and for the sake of the world, let’s hope we succeed!.”

That was the concluding paragraph of a speech made by Mr. Dhritiman Biswas, a young Professional of Indian origin from Britain.

The breed of Indians that Mr. Biswas talks about certainly exists but is confined to urban India and will not exceed about fiver percent of our population. This population however boxes way above its weight because of its ability to use the English language and also because English language media of India is the most visible in the international arena. But five percent of India’s population is 70 million people! More than the UK’s.

I for one comfortably straddle the worlds of the five percent and the rest of the ninety-five. Primarily because I come from a family with deep roots in rural India and very orthodox religious beliefs. Due to migration to cities and exposure to Western style education, I benefited through employment with multinational companies and visits to the West. Extensive reading of English fiction helped too but at the heart of hearts, I am deeply rooted in our culture and philosophical systems and values.

“India is beyond statement, for anything you say, the opposite is also true. It’s rich and poor, spiritual and material, cruel and kind, angry but peaceful, ugly and beautiful, and smart but stupid. It’s all the extremes.”
~ Sarah Macdonald.

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11 Responses to India And Its Future.

  1. I have my fingers crossed for you! The West seems to be in decline and China is rising.
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  2. A beautiful post! I have never been to India, but have always been fascinated by it. Sarah Macdonald’s description draws such a powerful image in so few words…thank you for including it! The five percent of India’s population in your reference is well known throughout the world, as you say, and is gathering influence through their brilliant knowledge and use of technology and the media. I, too, sincerely hope India makes it!
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  3. tammy j says:

    “But five percent of India’s population is 70 million people! More than the UK’s”
    just in sheer numbers alone it is staggering!
    I have always found India fascinating because of all her paradoxes.
    and when I discovered you and found such a personal guide so to speak…
    it has been wonderful!
    I also think that America is on the decline. it will be interesting in the future to come how it will all iron out. wish I could be around actually to see it all happen.
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  4. since meeting you rummuser, I have found out a whole more about India – far more than the British history parcel. I’ve studied a bit of the culture at University but not enough of course…

  5. Joared says:

    Enjoy reading of India and do hope your country fulfills it’s potential. Appreciate the thoughts expressed you quote here. Science and spiritual values do mesh but often organized religions with manmade rules often get in the way, I think.
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