This is a great piece by an Indian blogger that he left on my blog as a comment. The original is here. It’s very good, and it’s actually quite well written. And he takes on his country in a way that is not often seen in Indian writers.
I particularly enjoyed the bit about Kashmir because it rings so true. Almost every Indian I know goes nuts when I mention Kashmir. They raise their voice and start pounding on the table as their face gets red. They tell me that the problem is 100% the fault of Pakistan, who imports terrorists into Kashmir to fight India. They also tell me that all of the Kashmiris love India, and none of them are fighting against India.
However, when I tell them that most Kashmiris hate India and that many Kashmiris have taken up arms against India, they insist that I am wrong. Most every Indian I met was exactly like this. They are like drones, utterly brainwashed by some Borg. They are brainwashed on this subject as bad as a North Korean.
Most of these folks are what you might call middle class or upper middle class educated people. A number of them had university degrees and were quite intelligent. One man used to be a university professor.
Why Growing Up in India Makes You a Nasty, Cruel, Desensitized Faux-nationalistic Gold-digger
While people remark on shortage of functional schools in India, I say the kids who don’t go to school have it good. The national curriculum is odious and objectionable, seeing as it is designed for kids who bow down before all authority and the various empty suits, regardless of whether they make any sense at all. You cannot contest your teacher. At all. Never. Such behavior is simply unacceptable. Put another way, the system is a hundred percent authoritarian.
School kills all your creativity. Creativity, especially of the extrovert kind, is not encouraged. There are tried and tested methods to break the will of those who are too free. The system is based on rote-memorization. You must bend your mind a certain way to do that: it means all the rules are already laid out and decided for you. You do not need to think. Your brain must function in a certain way. Any challenge to the established order will make you a pariah.
Kids learn how to secretly and openly hate each other over the grades they are given for breaking their own will and doing pointless mind-numbing work that will be of no use to them at any point in their later life. The focus is on merit. On who is better at following rules. No wonder India has not produced a single India-based world-class scientist/technician/engineer. Science, technology and engineering, after all, are fields where your ability to think is highly valuable.
Barack Obama does not need to worry about Indian kids out-smarting American kids. If they do, it will be by doing hours of grinding and roting, and when they do, the rest of the world need to start worrying. This system is evil!
2. Parents, Teachers, Peers
All these people are the product of evil Indian schools and other cramming establishments and will force you to succeed in a way that they deem appropriate. You must resist this, but you can’t. They are everywhere.
Your peers will pressure you to bow down, to submit and ‘teach you the value of money’…. In other words, how to be a vicious gold-digger. Money is nice, but being a nasty, evil little scummy gold-digger is a downgradation of your soul that even scat-munchers do not attain.
Indian people are therefore nasty and selfish to the extreme. It is of no surprise, seeing their upbringing and their environment.
3. The environment
Your average Indian city/town/village is a primitive clusterfuck without running water or proper sewage disposal. Casteism is rampant; stupid people need little motivation to be proud of what is after all a genetic accident. They think their bloodline is ‘pure’ and grind down in the dirt the ‘lower’ caste people. Respect for human life and dignity in India has to be the lowest in human civilization.
The streets are narrow and dirty, usually overflowing with broken sewage and water lines (which frequently mix), and the garbage the average Indian household does not feel ashamed of in throwing out on the streets. Any kind of social grace is completely absent, people shove and push each other, vehicles honk incessantly and without reason, and the local temple’s loudspeakers blare out shitty religious hymns.
Living and growing up here, you will learn, little by little, to let go of your humanity. You will get desensitized to the beggars and lepers in the street, emancipated, poor and trodden down. You will see old men and women driven out of their homes by their sons, their eyes pleading for mercy and trying to make sense of the plethora of people around them, who ignore their plight and pass right by.
Your average Indian will not even notice the squalor on the street, or the helpless human beings on the street. He will simply accept these things as a part of life, which is why things never improve. This man is the selfish product of a callous, heartless and evil system. He will never change, and western democracies should not allow such people into their homelands. Not even for a ‘visit’.
4. The Media
Catering to a large middle class that pretends to be educated, some people have taken the initiative to bring them latest news of the world. These people are funded by rich business interests with their own agenda as well as Hindu nationalists. They make the salutary noises about bad governance and bloated bureaucracy, things that are so odious it even permeates the thick bourgeois skull. This is why the middle class types buy newspapers and watch news—they can relate to it.
But the most vicious thing the media does is to fill the average Indian with a sense of pride and nationalism, something that certainly goes against all basic logic and sanity. What people would be proud of a country like this? Only brain-washed, selfish jerks that the education system produces and the media maintains.
The average Indian is full to the brim with national pride that he has no logical reason to feel. His ideas on casteism and the workings of the society are reinforced by editors of the national dailies and the news channels.
His stance on Kashmir, a truly beautiful place inhabited by beautiful people, has been drilled into him incessantly. The parable of Pakistan exporting its terrorists (not that it doesn’t – turns out the Americans knew about it all along) to India and that the Kashmiris love India (Duh) has been in print for thirty years now. Of course, India is a poor, helpless victim.
Most people in India never even graduate from their high schools, let alone college. And I say good for em. Because the system feels the need to grind out all kind of potential competition it may get from any future thinkers.
If school doesn’t manage to turn you into a humanoid selfish fuck, your college certainly will. India’s unemployment problem is so vast, and the colleges that ‘guarantee’ any jobs (professional degree mills like IIT’s/NIT’s/AIIM’s etc…. it is interesting to note that only Indians think these places are good, an independent peer review ranked the ‘best’ IIT at around 350 at world level) are too few and middle-class scramble for securing a seat there so intense, it simply has to be seen to be believed.
Millions (you heard that right, millions) of middle-class Indians right now are roting and grinding and chewing equations, formulas and facts for entrance exams that maybe a hundred of them really understand. These people aspire to be ‘engineers’ and ‘doctors’.
The workload is so immense that you can’t find time at age 16 and 17 to ogle girls (or boys), to party, to learn how to drink beer without making a face and to hang out with your friends. Hell, what am I saying? Most Indian people don’t find time to do that all their lives.
College itself is a turdfest with professors harboring massive egos, an anal-retentive and callous administration and awkward social interaction between the sexes. Girls hanging out with boys are labeled ‘hookers’ and ‘sluts’. Massive sexual repression is the hallmark of this point in your life, and given the pressure to rote more equations and to secure a job, you’d be lucky escaping the place without a drug habit or a drinking problem.
Is there anything good about India at all? With fertile plains to the north, large iron ore deposits to the south, biggest aluminum stores in the world and 30% of the world’s thorium, I think the white man would have made the country really work.
The only thing wrong with India is Indians.