A commenter notes that I never say anything good about India. My response:
First of all, I don’t like the question. It’s snarky. “Can’t you say anything good about [fill in blank]?” Why should I?
I remember once I worked at a legal coding place. We wanted health benefits, and there was talk of forming a union. The boss threatened to fire the whole place in traditional glorified Mom, flag and apple pie All American fashion. At a big meeting about the crisis, she asked, “Why don’t we talk about what’s good about working here?”
I used to hang out on a Usenet group full of Zionist Jews. When they weren’t calling people anti-Semites, they were spouting Hasbara. They were also some of the meanest people I have ever met. One day, one particularly nasty Jewish woman asked, “Isn’t there anything good about Jews? Isn’t there anything good about Israel?”
The point is that asking questions like that is a typical means of deflection and not answering the question, and it’s not important anyway. There’s good about most everything if you want to look for it, but why bother? People have a right to bitch and complain.
I don’t like India. Are their good things about the place? I dunno. Good food, good music, yoga, some Indian philosophy is interesting.
I respect the self restraint of some of the Brahmins. A friend of mine told me he was celibate until marriage at age 33, and that this was absolutely proper for a good Brahmin man. He was not ashamed at all over this circumstance. In fact he was proud of it. This same guy wrote a book of essays that were mostly about India. The writing was fantastic, and there was a lot of good Indian wisdom in there.
About Indian wisdom: These people have been thinking about “wisdom” in a way that we in the West have not for millenia. They have come up with some excellent observations about the Truth and the meaning of life.
They have a very tight family structure, and they treat their relatives well. The polytheistic religious system, other than the negative aspects of it, has some very interesting observations to make about life and the human condition. Polytheism is actually a rational way of ordering the world.
Around here, we have many Punjabis who are more or less model immigrants. They commit almost no crime, and the young dedicate themselves to school and get very good grades. One Punjabi man told me that when he got off work, he went straight home to spend hours helping his kids with their homework. How many Americans of any race do that? Many of the older Punjabis have obtained advanced degrees of one type or another and are working in professional positions.
A Punjabi kid around here got in with American gangbangers and started stealing cars. He got caught, and his family was outraged. He was told that if he wanted his family to pay for his college education, he would have to work for many months for the family business for free as punishment for his crime (note that his family had also paid for an attorney and a fine related to his crimes). Now that’s some really harsh family discipline that you don’t see much in American families of any race.
Punjabi women have strong values, and they don’t seem like they give it up too easily. Young Punjabis usually have a high moral character, unlike young people of other races hereabouts.
But you’re dealing with a really sucky system over there, so what’s the point in looking for the good bits?