Is India all about Slum-Dog-Millionaire??

Posted on October 11, 2011


Few years earlier, when a Danny Boyle movie called Slumdog Millionaire won Oscar, whole world went praising that movie & the people who made that movie, except few people like me. No do not think that I did not like that movie. I also loved that movie like every other movie lover. I am also happy for the fact that few Indian who are associated with the movie also got Oscar & got the global recognition for their work.

But few questions raised in my mind from that moment. Does India really all about slum, dog & millionaire? Do not people like me belong to my country? I do not stay in slums and I am neither a dog nor a millionaire. I am a common man of my country, like billions of other people of my country. Who is living a normal life like you people & has a desire to make it large in life. So why people across the world have this wrong perception that India is all about Slums, dogs & very few millionaires. Why people enjoy when my country is shown as a poor country having all the troubles in the world. These questions still hurt me.

That may be reality I do not know. I do not want to enter into that argument. But if a mother has 1.2 billion children, then obviously she has to face some problem while growing her children. My country is my mother and I am sure one day my mother will be able to feed all her children by her own. We people never seek other’s help to come out of our problem. We Indian’s have a tradition, when a guest comes to our home, we do not share our problems with him/her. Rather we try to give him/her love, care, happiness and comfort as much as we can. Then why people when come to my country only see all those problems my country has. Can’t they feel the good things my country has.

For me this is same as, you go to someone’s place to stay there; then keep an eye on the problems he/she is facing. And after that rather than helping him/her to overcome from those problems ;does it right to tell those things to all the people of world on a global platform? I do not think this is fair to show the dark side of my country on a global platform that is also by making it more visually perfect, which is very much different from the reality. Yes India is dealing with lots of problems, but not to that extent some people in the world visualizing it. And again there is not a single country in the world which is not dealing with one problem or other.

My country India has lots of thing to proud of. My country has lots of things to show the world. But why no one has ever noticed those good things my country has? Why no one has noticed –

  • The rich culture my country has.
  • The power my country has given to its 1.2 billion people to choose who will represent them.
  • The desire my country’s youth has to get educated & to be successful in life.
  • The strength my country’s people have to fight against the odd things those are happening in their life.
  • My country has peoples of different religion, different caste. Sometimes we fight with each other; yet we stand together to celebrate our success, to share our joy, our happiness & our sorrows. If u could have seen my country’s people when India won the cricket world cup2011, then for sure u must have realized how it looks when 1.2 billion people on street celebrate their country’s success together.
  • While the other county’s people are opting for nuclear family, the Indian family structure still survives in my country. Here people still gives respect to elder and love to younger. Here still people take care of other family member before taking care of themselves.
  • My country has one of the world’s largest pools of trained scientific manpower.
  • My country is blessed with hill stations like- Kashmir, Srinagar, Ooty, Nainital, Mussoorie, Darjeeling, Gangtok, Khandala, Kullu, Lonavala, Mount Abu, Lonavala, Dehradun.
  • My country has monuments like- Tajmahal, Charminar, Golkunda Fort, Lal qilla, Gateway of India, Hawa Mahal, Khajuraho temple, Ajanta Caves, Fatehpur Shikri, Konark Temple etc.
  • My country has Pilgrimage sites like- Vaishno Devi, Golden Temple, Puri Jaganath temple,Rishikesh, Haridwar,Kanyakumari, Mathura, Shirdi, Bodhgaya etc.

I do not know whether these many reasons are enough or not for you people to believe, what I am saying is true. Still I know you people are intelligent enough to get the right answer to the question “Is India all about Slum, Dog & Millionaire?” by yourself.

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