Saturday, February 26, 2011

What all can you attach to a country?

Here goes an SMS I receive very frequently from many of my friends.

Wat s India?

"A nation wr pizza reaches faster den ambulance & police"

"wr u get car loan @ 8% but education loan @ 12%"

"wr rice is rs. 30 but sim card s free"

"wr people worship Goddess Durga but kill their girl child"

"wr olympic shooter wins gold, govt gives 3crore, another shooter dies der fighting wit terrorist govt pays 50000"

"rumors r spread faster dan wind".


Hmm. Go through it once again if you want to.

I have many friends who religiously forward such messages as if it is the greatest truth on earth. Is it really the truth? Probably you've received an elaborated version of the same message.

Now lets discuss. Is India the only place where pizza is delivered faster than ambulance/police? Its the same case with any country. Take any metropolitan city. There are traffic problems and you tend to get late sometimes. You gotta plan if you seriously have to stick to a schedule. This rule will not hold good in rural areas where you can find ambulances but not pizza corners.

People do not know of the rules/clauses provided by government. The govt, atleast theoritically provides so many provisions for basic amenities and education. Though many say (even I partially agree with) thats only on paper & not on action, I recollect one of my friend working in a leading hospital, explaining me the clauses provided by government where common man can utilise in resolving his health anomalies. Many do not know such clauses exist. People need to be made aware of such things. I'm sure we have such clauses for almost all fields including education, administration etc.

Instead of taking example of some bank lending loans for cars n education, one simply can't invalidate these clauses.

Rice is costlier than sim card? Come on... Compare things which are comparable. Its again the same outside as well. SIM cards are one-time commodity (atleast not as frequent as rice) and has less significance than food which is recurring commodity. Note that through SIM card, they loot money by tariffs you pay frequently. I'm sure, many pay more than the rice you eat.

Worshipping Durga and killing girl child. This has some sense, but female infanticide also exists in gulf countries as well. One such incident happens outa 1000 and thanks to media in glorifying it. Not all people who worship Durga kill a girl. Stop attaching the country for this.

Olympic medallist getting more than a soldier? Compare the cricketers who are looting money when compared to the medallist. He'll look pale. All these are just food for media. Don't you know the benefits you get being a soldier? Allowances in almost everything under government. Dignity of serving the nation better. The discipline one gets being trained in armed forces. Don't forget the things you get in the so called Military Canteen? Just don't compare the lifetime benefits you get to one time award for a medallist.

Rumors spread faster than wind in almost all nations. It would be even faster in any country with huge population.

If you are a person who think 'The concept of countries, states, regions is bullshit. Its all in the people', I sometimes agree with you; The post ends here for you.

Taken for granted that you're not that kinda person mentioned above, Bharata (India) is one such country everyone should be proud of. Of course, every person of every country should be proud in that sense.

We've given the world so many things. Its not fair to degrade our country this way. It is also not fair to boast on the past and not doing anything which would take it forward. Think in those steps n contribute your bit in serving the nation.

PS: This is just another random post with no order. Its pure rant. Do not try linking any of the paragraphs. Might not make sense.


Calvin Bhai said...

"A nation wr pizza reaches faster den ambulance & police"

A typical rant of those who feel envious of the MNC/IT life, but end up being jealous about it.

"wr u get car loan @ 8% but education loan @ 12%"
True. Why should car loans be cheaper than education loan? Even if govt subsidizes the education loan, its an investment in the country's future. (but there are always people ready to make money out of such subsidies). I unfortunately had to do most of my education with the help of ed loans. I wish ed loans were available at half the current prices!

"wr rice is rs. 30 but sim card s free"
This is a BS point. Sim is free because no one eats it. But when using it, someone else is making money out of the user

"wr people worship Goddess Durga but kill their girl child"
I dont have numbers with me, but I believe female infanticide is still extremely high (especially in Haryana/Punjab) and the next upcoming census is supposed to clarify if there has been any improvement in these numbers or not!

"wr olympic shooter wins gold, govt gives 3crore, another shooter dies der fighting wit terrorist govt pays 50000"
TRUE! Soldiers dont become soldiers because they get benefits you have mentioned. But giving them benefits is one thing. Treating a martyr like a piece of shit is another. No one has the guts to say the country needs no army, but they have all the guts to say Army jawans get paid well enough! (Sorry tiger bhai, this is my pov, and is completely against your pov)

"rumors r spread faster dan wind".
This is true in any country where there are a lot of jobless and idle people, who let their idleness get the worst out of them. People like you and me keep blogging/tweeting/facebooking. But most people prefer to gossip ;)

Shrinidhi Hande said...

cars carry lesser risk than education loan, hence cheaper rates

Sandesh Karanth said...

@Calvin Bhai - Agree with most of your points.

Regarding educational loans: Even if it subsidizes education loans at a lesser rate, what is the guarantee that the one who utilizes it would spend it right here in India? Think of the huge brain drain thats goin on? You're again a part of it to be frank. People who're good come up no matter what? They manage to get money if they have the urge.

Female infanticide: I think its not that serious an issue these days.

On Jawans in Army: I still feel they're getting paid enough to sustain.

@Shrinidhi - Agree.

Calvin Bhai said...

Not sure why the (ed-loan) money should be spent within India. In my case, I took a good amount of loan, spent it for education and living outside India. But now, I am repaying the loan monthly and will be done with it pretty soon.

Why its a boon for India because of people like me

1 its getting the loan amount back for sure (of course after I was employed)
2 Its earning so much foreign exchange, not just rupees, which, on the whole, is good for the economy

If I took the loan, went out of the country and never repaid the loan, then it'd be a problem, but banks never lose. They have enough collateral tied up to the loan.

I guess brain drain, especially with India, is not true anymore. Many people I have known have returned to India, many more are planning, including me, to return, with a good amount of experience. Its just about short term loss Vs long term gain that India will be experiencing. (If you know my BE aggregate, you'd never say I contributed to the brain drain ;-)

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