Me? No I haven't. Mr. Wife has, though. Nearly died in Bhopal in 1990, in fact, of amebic dysentery. He loves the country, and is very proud off the product he developed for that market. At the time he was there something like 70% of the population was "economically uninvolved", never seeing an actual coin from one end of the year to the other, and living no differently than their distant ancestors...it's better now that the economy has opened somewhat to the outside world. He visited villages where he was the first white person ever seen, and told stories of families passing down as an inheritance a portion of city sidewalk as a living space, and families of beggars deliberately crippling their children so they would be able to make a living at the trade. Not to mention the markets with juvenile prostitutes hung up in cages for the passers-by to look at.
Mr. Wife never took me to Egypt, either. He doesn't think I would deal well with real poverty, as opposed to the American kind, always having been carefully sheltered from such harsh realities.
Is it your contention, Criper Clolulet4690, that the Judge Katju is correct and fair in his assessment? He spends a great deal of space going on about his countrymen caring about astrology, cricket players and Bollywood films instead of deeper concerns, but that could be said about any nation around the world -- and arouses similar rants from elitists in the U.S. and Europe. That India has real and deep-seated problems I do not -- cannot -- disagree: poverty, ignorance, corruption, and all the ills that flow from them. But berating the population for enjoying inexpensive, shallow pleasures does not answer. Nor does berating those with fewer options than Hizzoner Judge Katju, Ret'd for attempting to better their economic situation in ways traditional to the culture.
Is it your contention, Criper Clolulet4690, that the Judge Katju is correct and fair in his assessment?
He spends a great deal of space going on about his countrymen caring about astrology, cricket players and Bollywood films instead of deeper concerns,...
He's right on the money, as unpleasant as it may be for you to accept, he has summed up India rather nicely. As for the things Mr. Wife related to you about India, nothing has changed in the intervening years. Well, except there are even more people and more poverty.
There has been some growth of the middle class, and definitely the rich have gotten richer. But there are even more poor, and they are mostly uneducated, illiterate, superstitious with no desire to educate themselves or their children, and they breed like flies.
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