Why do Indians disparage India?

Anil Vishnu Vaidya

Author: Anil Vishnu Vaidya

Date: Thu, 2018-08-09 18:43

It was the day before yesterday that I was at Newark airport, waiting in line to board my flight to Mumbai. All passengers were waiting patiently in five queues. There was a ‘desi’, probably an Americanised Indian or may be an Indian, who says to his fellow travellers, "This is a Mumbai flight...has to be delayed. It's Indian time". And how wrong he was – the flight was of an American airline; it was run, operated, scheduled and managed completely by Americans. India and Indians had no contribution in the delay, which was on account of a missing pilot. This was formally announced many times while we were waiting for the flight.

We Indians are responsible for creating some wrong impressions by attributing bad things to ourselves. Secondly, we also demonstrate at times wrong behaviour, such as not joining conferences in time or not arriving for a meeting on time.

Shouldn’t we consciously change our behaviour as well as our utterances? When are we going to learn to hold our head high? I dislike, even resent, people who make such comments. In fact. I have seen some of the older generation American Indians who hold our flag high while there was this case of a younger generation disparaging India. It is up to this younger generation to demonstrate behaviour and the deeds that make can India proud, and also in turn benefit from this.  If you can’t help in that endeavour, at least don’t ridicule India.

You have no right to disparage India!  

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couldn't agree more...and then we complain about westerners stereotyping Indians.

Another common action I see is agreeing to late night calls while I have seen my colleagues abroad more than willing for early morning calls IST. We have made it seem normal to show that late evenings are better than early mornings for us and now irrespective of the necessity we end up working through the night when the better practice probably would be to start work early and finish it on time.

How can a indian disparage india by disparaging it in front of other indian ! Its probably another indian's mind which want to see india disparaged. Maybe it was a joke on the airport. And being late is a part of culture of india (Not being late in emergency is also a part). Nothing wrongs in it! You have no right to judge 125(minus one) Crore people in a minute.

The above thoughts resonate with me and I would like share my experiences on the same. The attitude of some Indians who are settled abroad are really disheartening. They wear a halo and feel that they have a prerogative to belittle India as they consider themselves privileged to have migrated. I have experienced it first hand while living in USA during my college days, and subsequently thereafter during my four year work stint. I have witnessed incidences wherein Indian Americans project India in a poor light as being a backward country to fellow Americans. They often joke about the pace of development and infrastructure whilst ridiculing some of the rituals and customs. They find India dirty, polluted and unorganized. They often forget their roots and the fact that they would continue to be Indians wherever they go. They try to ape the western culture in an endeavor to shed their true skin. However, they conveniently follow practices like being late for meetings and then giving excuses, buying stuff from shops and returning it frequently, taking undue advantage of the free soft drinks at quick service restaurants. These habits often make them unlikeable amongst Americans as well. There is a pressing need to change this attitude and be proud of their origins. They are often oblivious to the fact that their success can be attributed to the values imparted in them and also the Indian education system which helps them scale greater heights. The onus also lies on the older generation to reprimand the younger folks and impart correct knowledge to them. India should not become a vacation destination for the younger generation wherein they come as tourists. It should be a place where they come to discover the rich heritage and strengthen their roots. This will help them represent India in a better light as global citizens. Be proud to be an Indian!

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