This is my first blog on India, after visiting it after two and a half years.
My first take, whoever said India is developed or developing fast, Iam gonna kick him.
India is nowhere near a developed nation and still not a developing nation. India is more like a under-developed country.
Iam not bashing India, but Iam just talking ground reality here.
Just because every Tom, Dick and Harry has a cell phone, doesn't make a country a developed/developing country.
Just because a few individuals in a couple of sectors(read IT & BPO) make lot of money, doesn't make a country a developed/developing country.
The above 2 are the major things that has happened in India. Maybe a few restaurants here and there.
These things don't make a country developed.
Then what does?
Only when the society and the infrastructure is developed, a country can be called developed.
I did not see the above in India, or should I say at least in Chennai, Coimbatore, Erode, Mettur and Podanur(basically the places I visited).
I went to Melmaruvathur temple from Chennai. It's a toll road. That road (I heard that it goes just few kilometers after Melmaruvathur) is really awesome. It's almost as good as any good highway in Europe and US. What was amazing was, I saw women folks cleaning the highway sweeping the dirt in many places. This is really a good sight. One, it gives employment opportunities to many, particularly women, and two, the highways are clean.
Whoever visualized, conceptualized and executed this project, "Thanks. Excellent job".
But the road after that, huh.
I couldn't get a train ticket and I ended up travelling in KPN bus from Chennai to Coimbatore. Oh what a nightmare ride. The roads were so pathetic. Many places it looked like a 'Otthai adi paathai'. Full of pot holes and bumps. It took me 2 days to recover from the neck, shoulder and back pain.
The bus got flat tire twice. I was late to coimbatore by 4 hours.
The second flat tire, those guys didn't have a spare and we had to take the bus to a tire shop and got the tire fixed.
Almost all the places were very dirty, with garbage scattered all over the places. I believe this is one more reason why the rain waters did not drain properly, as the drainage were all clogged with garbage. Had it been clean, the waters must have drained fast.
Again, Iam not bashing India that its dirty. All Iam saying is, if we want to becomed a developed nation, these are the things that we have to be fixing.
Tourists from other parts of the world love to visit India. One of the major complains that they have is the lack of clean surroundings.
Every individual has to be part of this. What's the point when a software engineer, making 2 lakhs a month and driving a Ford, dumps garbage in streets and public places?
Traffic and following road signs and stop lights....ya...our cities will ask "Are you kidding?"
Need not say more.
I think people are making more money, their standard of living has improved but they seem to be selfish. The attitude seems to be "I don't care" when it comes to doing something back to the society.
With the population exploding due to rapid urbanization, until unless the people also become responsible and follow rules and regulations, the government really can't do much.
Until unless we get the attitude that this is the place where we live, and we have to take care of it, it's going to be tough.