‘Everything’s fine till something happens to you’

SWAROOP C.H. writes from Bangalore: I’ve been provoked and I can’t stop thinking about it.

Incident 1. It all started on Day 2 of my Singapore trip (Sunday, December 23) when a hotel owner was too friendly. Maybe he didn’t have much work, but anyway, he got pretty chatty with us and was asking about how we liked Singapore. All we wanted to do was eat noodles.

He started talking about his visit to India, and like most Singaporeans, he had been on a Buddhist pilgrimage to India. I can still remember the angst in his voice.

He said that the central government in India was good but the state governments were bad. Strike 1. I had to agree.

He said that it was not a safe place for businessmen to invest money. He said one of his close friends made huge investment, but when the government changed, the policies changed and the friend made a huge loss. Strike 2. I don’t know much about such things, but I can imagine that it is possible.

He said that India hadn’t advanced enough, there’s still too much poverty, there’s still so much chaos. He said ‘take a look at China’. For example, if the parents invest some amount with the government, they’ll give back 10 times the amount in 10 years, or something like that, and this is guaranteed by the government to safeguard the child’s future. I don’t remember the numbers he used but I was impressed with what he said. Strike 3.

I was beaten and didn’t know how to fight back.

I’m not a patriotic guy. I don’t go around burning boards written in non-state languages, nor do I go around speaking only in Hindi and refusing to speak in English. But I believe in the concept of India as a nation and I instinctively feel that I should defend my country when someone says something negative about my country.

But I was stumped. I was completely caught off-guard. I didn’t know what to say. I just nodded. I desperately looked for things to tell him. But I got nothing. Throughout the trip, I kept thinking of things to go back and tell that hotel guy that India is a great country, but what do we really have?

Specifically, the question is:

Post-independence, does India, as a nation, have achievements to be proud of?

I’m not talking about our ancient history or ‘culture’. I’m not talking about what some Indian did when he went to a foreign country, or even someone who went out of his way to achieve something within India (like the paeans being written about Tata Motors and their Nano car).

I’m talking specifically about: 1. the post-independence era, and 2. as a nation.

    A week after that incident, I was still trying to forget about it. But the same thing happened again on Day 9 (Sunday, December 30) with the store owner of a bookstore that Abishek and myself randomly walked into.

    We had a long conversation about Buddhism and our beliefs of God and how we pray. It’s surreal that we randomly started talking our intimate spiritual beliefs with a complete stranger. But such is life. And then she mentioned the same exact things that the hotel owner did. She specifically mentioned that she was appalled at the poverty when she went to Bodh Gaya.

    Yes, we are talking about poverty, not just about the beggars on the busy roads of Bangalore, but he fighting-for-food kind, the kind that we saw in Swades.

    Incident 2. After visiting the Kaala Chakra exhibition, I realized how influential India has really been, especially to most of South East Asia, from language to politics to trade, Indian-related stuff is everywhere in South East Asia. I used to wonder about why Tamil is such a common language here in Singapore, and only after I visited this exhibition, I realized that this goes back to the ages before christ!

    Notice the irony that I got to know more about Indian history and influence when I’m outside India. Probably because there is such importance given to history and culture in Singapore. But people in India have no time for such things, we are still fighting and struggling for our basic needs.

    This immediately reminded me of “Maslow’s hierarchy of needs”:

    Maslow's hierarchy of needs

    We are still struggling in Levels 1-3, that’s why we are just touching Level 4, and we’re a long way from reaching Level 5 of Self Actualization. At least, my point of view.

    Incident 3. I know there will be lots of people that say that I’m wrong, and that everything’s fine in India. (It reminds me of Rahul Bose in Everybody Says I’m Fine.)

    The problem is that everything’s fine as long as nothing bad happens to you or you witness it, only then you realize how bad the situation is. God forbid, you end up in an accident, only then you realize the problems with the police, the hospital, the insurance, and so on. The situation is the same everywhere, irrespective of the aspect of life.

    I don’t know how better or worse we are compared to other countries, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be in a better situation. There is simply no reason to! We have the money, the people, the resources…

    Incident 4. I came to know recently that at a premier medical institution in Bangalore, teachers are openly telling students that if they don’t help the teachers (i.e. pay them money), they will make sure that 30% of the students will fail! I am not kidding you, this is for real. Where’s the sanctity of education? Where’s the concern for the students’ future? Where’s the concern for encouraging future doctors (especially because the number of doctors is already dwindling)? Where’s the concern about setting precedents for future of medical profession? Even if they don’t think long term, how will students afford this? I know many medical student friends who have struggled to pay the hefty fees, what about these students who simply cannot afford to pay bribes to teachers?

    Similarly, lecturers in PUC colleges have stopped teaching in college and they tell students that they are anyway going to tuitions. If not, they should join their own tuitions! What happens to all those students who can’t afford it?

    Incident 5. Abishek’s close friend and special effects friend Osmand is a third-generation Indian. When he was about to fly from India to China to visit his relatives, he was abused that he was a Chinese person, and this for a person who’s born and brought up in India his entire life!

    The difference in attitudes was telling when the Indian immigration officer made him wait for 3 hours to prove that he’s an Indian compared to when he explained, that he’s a third-generation Indian originally hailing from China, to the Chinese immigration officer, he said Welcome home.” Now, Osmand is as Indian as it gets, irrespective of how it looks. Tell me, who’s the racist here? Osmand is so fed up of this attitude that he wants to go back to China.

    Incident 6. Abishek and myself were sitting by the river in Clarke Quay in Singapore on new year’s eve waiting for the clock to strike midnight. The atmosphere was full of revelry with all the Singaporean youth spraying foam on each other or boozing away or chatting. What’s amazing is that women freely walk around without any fear. I’ve seen women in Singapore walk at 2 am freely with clothes that redefine what ‘mini skirt’ stands for.

    On the other hand, Abishek pointed out that in India, at new year’s eve, there were incidents of molestation in Bombay, eveteasing by Railway Minister Lalu Prasad’s sons, Patna boys barge into a girls hostel, Cochin revelers molest a 15-year old Swedish girl and so on.

    Oh, and this is not just inside India. As churumuri put it recently, you can take the Indian out of India, but can you take India out of the Indian?

    Incident 7. When I was in PUC, I had many a time seriously considered politics as a career (all that “desh ke liye kuch karna hain” funda) but goondaism isn’t my cup of tea, so I dropped the whole idea. Seriously. If you want to survive in politics in India today, you have to know some rowdys or goondas to back you up, or you’re gonna end up in pieces in a ditch somewhere. We all know the familiar story of Manjunath Shanmugam who ratted out on how the Mittal petrol pump in Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh are doing adulteration and he got shot by the owner’s son Monu Mittal and his goons.

    Politics in India is simply terrible.

    On the other hand, Singaporeans may have less press freedom and such, but I am okay with that compared to the circus that we have here.

    We are only harming the planet, it seems.

    Incident 8. Another incident I have to come know of is that there was some random old person who was suffering from a high BP attack and was going in an auto to his hospital where he was undergoing treatment. First, the auto guy literally dumps him on the pavement, takes the old man’s money and runs away. All this in broad daylight. IIRC, that too in Koramangala, one of the posh areas in Bangalore.

    Second, there are 10-20 people who surround and watch him and do nothing. Third, nothing happened until Vikram (Abishek’s friend) was passing by, shocked at all this, talked to the old man, who somehow was able to convey which hospital he was going to. Vikram took him to the hospital on bike. Fourth, the hospital said they can’t admit without some identification! Vikram said “He’s your patient, please look up your records and please treat him urgently.” They repeated the same statement. Fifth, Vikram who was fed up, says “Maybe Times of India would like to do a story on this.”

    Suddenly, the hospital staff spring into action and look up his records and take the old man in to the doctor. Sixth, Vikram comes out shaken and calls up Abishek and asks “What if this is my father tomorrow? What would happen to him? What kind of city do we live in?”

    Pop quiz : How many things are wrong/sad in this picture?

    These are real incidents, real stories. Seriously.

    Incident 9. What can we do in a place where people have to bribe to get death certificates? Aren’t the families mourning enough already?

    Again, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. We are just struggling for the basics of life, maybe that’s why we can’t seem to go beyond that.

    Sportspersons are fighting for basic equipments, for basic facilities. No wonder they can’t move beyond to think of fighting against the competition. Cricket is an exception for exactly this reason – because the cricketers are so well-paid, they move to the next level in Maslow’s hierarchy and actually concentrate on the game. This becomes a virtuous cycle and hence the game is flourishing.

    Apply the same concepts to the other aspects such as political or economical, and you’ll notice that we’re still fighting the same everywhere.

    Let me repeat, post-independence, is there anything to be proud of India, the nation?

    I can’t think of anything. And what’s worse, I put this across to a few close friends, and they didn’t offer anything too. In a way, I was glad that it’s not just me, but many others feel the same way too. The sad part is that many others feel the same way too.

    Incident 10. The Press likes to make it a point to hail people of Indian origin like Lakshmi Mittal (Mittal Arcelor) or Indra Nooyi (Pepsi) or Vikram Pandit (Citigroup) and how they have risen to those powerful positions. But why is it that they were able to do it only when they’re out of India, not when they are here in India?

    Isn’t this a common refrain? I again trace it back to Maslow’s hierarchy. Most talented people I know all want to get out of India so that they can do serious work. Sad, but true. Including Abishek who’s now in Singapore making ads for China, Middle East, India, Pakistan, all in Singapore. He would’ve probably never got an opportunity like this in India. And yes, he’s the brains and technical person behind many ads in India you would see from Limca to Airtel to Pepsi.

    Again, I see people here in Singapore indulging in running, cycling, shopping and they’re seriously into arts, and so on. They are building a culture. Even partying till late into the night at Clarke Quay or shopping 24×7 at Mustafa and so on. And it’s completely safe for women as well. How do they do that!?

    Imagine that a 42×28 km country like Singapore (one of the 20 smallest countries in the world and at the same time the 2nd most densely populated country in the world) is hosting a Formula 1 race in 2008, is bidding for the 2010 Olympic Youth Games, etc.

    A country that is more than 4500 times bigger and has 250 times more population is still struggling for basic needs (numbers derived from Wikipedia’s estimates of population and size).

    Yes, our problems are bigger and more varied, but the politicians and the press talk about Bangalore becoming something like Singapore in 20 years or so! We are already comparing us vs them.

    We can’t even get basic water supply or road transit facilities to an upcoming world-class Bangalore International Airport? (And the only reason it’s world-class is because we outsourced it). Why are things so bad? It’s not the money, we have enough of it. Is it the people? But the capability is there. So what’s really wrong? Is it the leadership? I guess we do really need visionaries who execute like Lee Kuan Yew in India. Is it the attitude of the general population? Is it both? Or something else?

    I don’t know, I am disillusioned.

    I bought into the kool-aid and that whole India 8% growth story. I want my money back.

    Well, people can say that Singapore has no real freedoms, you’re just a puppet and so on. I have an analogy for that. We need a class teacher to maintain discipline (law and order) so that the classes can proceed and progress can be made, otherwise there will be just noise and only people who somehow learn to not get affected by the noise and study on their own (businessmen who succeed). It’s not like there is no freedom, you can always raise your hands and talk to the class teacher (citizens representation to the government) or at least approach the teacher after class hours (write to them)….

    Irrespective of the type of government (democracy or autocracy or whatever), maintaining discipline should be the primary responsibility of the government, which is what is lacking in India today. For example, why is it that the same Indians who go to places like Singapore suddenly start following the rules? Because they know they’ll be fined otherwise. And once people start respecting each other, keep the premises clean, and maintain civic behavior, things automatically start looking better.

    On the other hand, on Bangalore roads, I face road rage everyday. That’s why I prefer to listen to songs on my iPod, so that I can tune out all these unruly people.


    I really want to go back to that hotel and argue with the owner. But I have nothing. Nothing.

    India is No. 115 out of 157 in the 2008 Index of Economic Freedom. I have no idea what that means, but I’m sure it’s not a good thing.

    Even in a “forward” state like Karnataka, nearly three-fourths of rural eighth standard students cannot do basic subtraction, fewer than half of the schools have all teachers present, and only 7.4 per cent of students in standards 3 through 5 can read a sentence in English. The report is simply depressing.

    Even our IT boom is debatable.

    I hope someday I can go back to the hotel owner and defend India.



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    38 Responses to “‘Everything’s fine till something happens to you’”

    1. Poli Hudga Says:

      Hope is the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torments of man – said a great man ….anyways …. Keep hoping :)

    2. Doddi Buddi Says:

      Typical and easy generalizations! Yes we need people who can ‘execute like LKY’ :) How true and nice!

    3. Anonymous Guy Says:

      “I hope someday I can go back to the hotel owner and defend India.”

      Or you could pack your bags and go where your talented friends are.

    4. kssomeswara Says:

      The writer listed the negatives in his native country (India). When he is gloating about Singapore, what is his contribution here?. The civic sense he observed and forced follow there should be repeated. Let him list his contribution by way of following the rule book here. How many times he might have violated the road rules ? Can he ever fought with official who ask for bribe not only for giving death/birth certificates but also to cremate the dead ones. Let him follow the rules and make a like minded group to respect the law here.That much is enough to turn our country around as his eyes has seen in Singapore. When he does not visit library here to study our history how did he evaluate the knowledge material available here. People, once they leave their motherland starts criticisin of the same. Same thing happened with an Engineer who worked many years in a PSU. Within one monh after he joined a private firm he forgot the first unit he worked which gave him job guarantee, scope to develop. I think this example amply explains that we must change ourselves and then talk about the good/bad here.

    5. Vrinda Says:

      Swarrop: Agree. Had similar experiances as these!

      Next time you tend to either avoid such conversation with a hotel owner or live there for few years and brand yourself as a Singapoorian!

    6. Yella Ok Says:

      Can we have an executive summary pls? It is so long that I have completely missed the point.

    7. Anonymous Coward Says:

      You didn’t tell the hotel guy in Singapore that post independence, India is a nuclear, space power? It is easy for someone in Singapore (which is smaller than Bangalore) to comment negatively on a country like India. Yes we have many problems here. But over time they will be sorted out. You can’t expect a country so diverse with over a billion people to become a developed nation in 50 years. Maybe we are not cruising our way to become a developed country but we are getting there for sure. Even for a leader like Lee Yew, it took about 30 years to develop a place as small as Singapore.

      >>Notice the irony that I got to know more about Indian history and influence when I’m outside India. Probably because there is such importance given to history and culture in Singapore.

      No. this is because you never tried to learn the real history of our country when you were here. And our history text books are written by communist morons from JNU.

      And for god’s sake partying late into the night does not make us a developed country nor it is a valid indicator.

    8. singapora-raja Says:

      Singapore being a very small in scale has it’s advantages in implimenting and monitering system. So it will not make a good comparison to a vast and diverse country like India.

      It is also foolish that our leaders are saying about Bangalore making it a Singapore it can not be done because Bangalore is not isolated from India so how can you say that we will keep the hand clean and healthy when there are virus in the head!

    9. anon Says:

      it sure looks like a contrived piece of s**t…

    10. Rama Says:

      What is the Game Plan, Swaroop. You did the wrong thing by not persueing your PUC option of Politics. You have to get into it to clean it. Not many get enlightened in PU.

    11. MysooruBoyz Says:

      yaaaawn.. yet another boring piece….why dont you do what AG suggests…

    12. SHASHANK Says:


    13. KannadaKuri Says:

      Hey Hey..Whats Wrong? I am Indian residing in Indian out of choice also I am NOT a returned NR(equired)I. Why is that everybody who points finger at something wrong expected to change that. Isn’t this the business of somebody else. Next argument would be that somebody should start from me. But I want to do something else…oh yes everybody wants to do something else whats wrong with wanting to do something why should I leave that just coz some idiots are not doing their job. Whats wrong in pointing fingers, in the last 50 years we have built a hierarchy that tallest tower would be ashamed of. Isn’t their responsibility to correct the mistakes of Junior? So whats wrong in bringing it into notice.. My take on this … 1. There are very few great people who leave everything else to correct the wrong, make it a better society. I salute them. 2. There are others who say that who ever talks should be like (1). They by them selves donot do anything else but be a part of the wrong. 3. They are some who keep whining like me. (I expect this would be quoted by replies to stop whining) 4. People who do they wrong. Where do you want to belong.

    14. aruna urs Says:

      DB pun intended?

    15. Hosa-Belaku Says:

      Very simple…when you are on a trip, everything looks nice and rosy. If you live there, you will soon know all the answers to your questions about India. And guess what, you will not even want to “defend” India as you put it. You will love it and that’s what matters.

      PS: There was a chain email many years ago, about the same Singapore-India dilemma. However, it asked the Singapore aficianados what they (he/she) did for India. I find this piece has a similar tenor. Of course there are no rules (or are there?) about what constitutes a blog post, but I really think Churmuri should spare us mushy mass email kind of stuff. I mean there are some forwards that most just delete, but if it appears in Churmuri, we SPEND time reading it. It was soooo lonnng and weepy!

    16. mrignayani Says:

      I toooo want to write –

      “Incident 1. It all started on Day 2 of my Santhebennoor trip (Sunday, December 23) when a local garage owner was too friendly. Maybe he didn’t have much work, but anyway, he got pretty chatty with us and was asking about how we liked Santhebennoor. All we wanted to do was get the puncture fixed.

      He started talking ……”

      Believe me NOTHING NEED TO BE CHANGED!! (Except one – if you raise your hand with one little finger pointing up, the teacher will let you go to the toilet (recess) and will not mistake it for asking permission to talk)

    17. Amrita Kini Says:

      “…On the other hand, on Bangalore roads, I face road rage everyday. That’s why I prefer to listen to songs on my iPod, so that I can tune out all these unruly people…”

      Aren’t you putting yourself and others in danger listening to music while driving? Isn’t this illegal?

      “…What can we do in a place where people have to bribe to get death certificates? Aren’t the families mourning enough already?…”

      There is no need to bribe to get a death certificate, the authorities will take their own time and you will get it in a couple of months. It all started when somebody wanted to sell all of his dad’s property and required his death certificate urgently. When the authorities know you will be making money out of the certificate, they too want a little share as their salaries are pathetic making them resort to such stuff to give a good life to their family.

    18. SM Says:

      this sounds very similar to the chain mails that were doing during the Godhra riots, where some bozo was proclaiming that he was ashamed to be an Indian… Every country has its pluses and minuses. To just say everything is wrong is simply another wrong. Despite all the chaos, trains run on time most of the time. Billion people crammed into a space that can barely accomodate a few millions going by the article’s standards.

    19. Software Enginner Says:

      It is a drain inspector’s report.. or post rather.

    20. Mayura Says:

      Swaroop writes

      >>If you want to survive in politics in India today, you have to know some rowdys or goondas to back you up, or you’re gonna end up in pieces in a ditch somewhere. >>

      This is a cop out. Not all politicians have goonda backing even today. Our own MLA Chandrashekar from Hanumanthanagar,bangalore is a good example of this. I know this guy when he was in college, he used to vend milk door to door (as per his friends) and slowly got into politics by taking innovative steps in sprucing up hanumanthanagar ward. He later on became the mayor of bangalore and now is a MLA. If you cant do something, dont cop out and blame the country for it.

      I can give you dozens of examples where people have made it big by just dedication,grit,determination and hard work.

      I am sure you must have spoken to some chinese people at singapore. Most chinese in hongkong and singapore display visceral hatred for india and indians. They will defeinitely run down your country unless you have the guts to counter it.

      Stop whining and see if you can contribute something constructively toward improving the conditions in the country, this does not include listening to ipod while driving, which by the way can be very dangerous.

    21. Gaby Says:

      Swaroop you poor poor poor baby, dont cry sweetheart. Bad bad hotel man and bad bad DB and his pals- stop crying sweety pie- Gaby akka will get some icecream from Estivo Gelateria and then we can go out and CANe bad DB and his pals, get the bad hotel owner to join Art of Living and so on and so forth.

      BTW Swaroop darling where in Maslow thatha’s hierarchy are the friends in your Paradise ? self-actualised and at least we have you darling ( even if its only you) who actually thinks the Indian Cric studs are concentratiing on Cricket and not on other things ( Eg Deepika Padukone ).

    22. babuds Says:

      Well! Well! I feel sorry for you because you couldn’t make it beyond the 3rd step in Maslow’s pyramid. In other words you lack self-esteem. Otherwise how can you gulp down the insults about the country where you came from, that too from a citizen of a parasitic country (for your info Singapore doesn’t produce anything, they depend on other countries for every-damn-thing)

      Note down, lest you forget, the next time you go on a phoren tour.
      (all post independence)

      India is the fifth largest producer of steel (for your info the earliest steel in the world was made in southern India in 300 BC, when spongy masses of iron were worked and reheated to make wootz steel, followed by China only in 400 AD.)

      It is also the 5th largest cement producer and 4th largest Aluminium producer in the world and it has the largest textile industry in the world. (pre-independence Gandhi had to urge us to burn clothes imported from England, which means pre-independence we had virtually no textile industry to talk about except hand loom industry)

      It is the largest manufacturer of motorized 2-wheelers and second largest producer of bicycles. (In case you are pooh-poohing about bicycles this is the only mode of artificial ambulation that will be left in future for the mankind.)

      2nd largest producer of sugar. It beat brazil several times.

      It has the 2nd highest economic growth rate, with this rate going it will surpass the economies of several big developed nations ( many times bigger than pint-sized Singapore)

      If we have the need we can build, not one, but several Singapore like cities (Oh its a country!). Heard of Nanocity.

      I have given only materialistic examples, so that is what counts in this world.

      Take some pride. It is your country after all!

    23. SNN Says:

      Every one of India’s citizens can tabulate a list of complaints that have made them hate India and vow to never return if they get a chance to escape its clutches. It’s so easy for someone with the good fortune to travel abroad to look glowingly at what makes the other countries better than India but never the fortitude to bring change to land they spit, shit and curse at. Swaroop is oh so distraught because he can’t defend India. Why don’t you first try fixing India starting with you? Swaroop can you swear by the love you have for Singapore that you never broke any rules no matter how trivial, disposed all trash in a trash bin, expunged all bodily waste in an eco-friendly and hygienic manner while roaming the streets in India? If you can formulate a plan to accomplish this on a mass scale, India will start to resemble the Singapore you are crooning about.

    24. Sir Vibhudi Aatmapudi Says:

      Yenayya…Swaroop. I am just short of suing you for upsetting my mental balance.

      That rant of yours had enough kilometeres to do a pradakshina around the globe. Kindly refrain from such dubious activity in future.

    25. Anonymous Guy Says:


      You probably know by now we churumuri readers are critical about everything – even each other! If taken the right way this may probably help make your writing skills better. Like open source software? :)

      Generally whining rants seem to receive better reviews if they are short, and laced with some attempt at humour or sarcasm.

      I like your style of writing – please contribute more. Things can only get better from here :)

    26. Thyampanna Shettru Says:

      Someone needs to tell me the summary of this post. It’s too long to read and I have ADD. :)

    27. Anonymous Guy Says:


      For a summary you can watch – Singapuranalli Raja Kulla. Only 3 hours. Full value for money.

    28. Whither Prosperity? at Blogbharti Says:

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    29. Melange Says:

      I can empathize with your agony, But the agony is an unnecessary one. You don’t need identities based on ideology/beliefs. This whole nationalism/patriotism thing is a figment of man’s imagination: as unreal as any other construct of thought.

      You are creating problems that don’t exist. Yes, India is not a pretty picture, But, why take the ills of the world so personally? India is what she is and there is not a thing you can do about her. Your resistance of reality is what is creating your unhappiness. You have not created the mess, nor have you perpetuated it, and that is more than enough.

      So, go on do great things( or not) and don’t worry about the world. Survive and do things that interest you. Everything else is just a load of horse poop!!

    30. Melange Says:

      I used to be like you once, But this man set me free:


      I think you might find his writings interesting.


    31. tarlesubba Says:

      aDi inda muDi varegu abhisheka maaDi, baaytumba naivedya koTTu, theerta prasaada ella mugida haagide.

      naaLe bandraaytu.

    32. tarlesubba Says:

      yenilla sheTTre… sanje 1st show li madhuridixit noDi, ee haaLaadavaLu yaake madhuri tara illa anta manasu keDas konDu benn maaDi malagidaare.

    33. Doddi Buddi Says:


      Nice one!

    34. Vitlan Potli Says:


      man I just could not stop laughing :)

    35. Indian Says:

      I can understand Swaroop’s worries! His level of intelligence really fascinates me.

      I can think of one solution (not sure how feasible it is). Just like Singapore separated from Malaysia (or was thrown out), let Bangalore be a separate country. Have a currency called ‘Indian Dollar’ that is tied to US dollar. Don’t have anything like RBI. Follow directions from USA in all aspects. Import everything from abroad. Build lots of malls and restaurants. Make sure that everyone works 14 hours a day. Make sure that everyone likes Western culture. Forget family values, cultural traditions, etc (old fashioned). Shop like crazy. Have a small army (500 people). Send 100 to Iraq, Iran, Sudan, etc whenever US asks you to do so.

      I hope someday I can go back to the hotel owner and defend India.

      Considering the size and huge diversity of India, it is not possible. Also, it’s unfair comparison. Still, you can go back to the hotel owner and defend your Bangalore (free from India)

    36. Krishna Says:

      Singapore got Andy Xie of Morgan Stanley fired because he spoke the truth: Whatever Singapore economy is growing is because they launder (dirty) Indonesian money. What other real contributions has Singapore made to the world ? Yes, a small economy can achieve growth especially under a near-dictatorial regime that boasts of highest per-capita execution rates

      Am not excusing state of affairs in India, there is much to progress (and perhaps even to pick few good processes from smaller economies). But at the end of the day, steering a rat is a lot simpler than steering and elephant

    37. Rama Says:

      Maslow Ki Chchati Aulaad!

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