Why is the media here so negative?
We are such a great nation. We have so many amazing success stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why?
We are the second largest producer of wheat. We are the second largest producer of rice.
Look at Dr. Sudarshan , he has transferred the tribal village into a self-sustaining, self-driving unit. There are millions of such achievements but our media is only obsessed in the bad news and failures and disasters. I was in Tel Aviv once and I was reading the Israeli newspaper. It was the day after a lot of attacks and bombardments and deaths had taken place. The Hamas had struck. But the front page of the newspaper had the picture of a Jewish gentleman who in five years had transformed his desert into an orchid and a granary. It was this inspiring picture that everyone woke up to. The gory details of killings, bombardments, deaths, were inside in the newspaper, buried among other news.
Why are we so NEGATIVE?
Why are we, as a nation so obsessed with foreign things?
We want foreign T. Vs, we want foreign shirts. We want foreign technology.
Why this obsession with everything imported.
Do we not realize that self-respect comes with self-reliance?
For her, you and I will have to build this developed India . You must proclaim. India is not an under-developed nation; it is a highly developed nation.
WE say that our laws are too old.
WE say that the municipality does not pick up the garbage.
WE say that the phones don’t work, the railways are a joke,The airline is the worst in the world, mails never reach their destination.
WE say that our country has been fed to the dogs and is the absolute pits.
WE say, say and say. What do WE do about it? WE walk out of the airport and you are at your International best.
WE are as proud of their Underground links as they are.
WE would not dare to speed beyond 55 mph (88 km/h) in Washington.
WE wouldn’t chuck an empty coconut shell anywhere other than the garbage pail on the beaches in Australia and New Zealand.
Why don’t WE spit Paan on the streets of Tokyo ?
WE who will throw papers and cigarettes on the road the moment you touch Indian ground.
If WE can be an involved and appreciative citizen in an alien country, why cannot WE be the same here in India ?
Go down with a broom every time their dog feels the pressure in his bowels?
Will the Indian citizen do that here?’ He’s right. We go to the polls to choose a government and after that forfeit all responsibility.
We sit back wanting to be pampered and expect the government to do everything for us whilst our contribution is totally negative.
We expect the government to clean up but we are not going to stop chucking garbage all over the place nor are we going to stop to pick a up a stray piece of paper and throw it in the bin.
We expect the railways to provide clean bathrooms but we are not going to learn the proper use of bathrooms.
When it comes to burning social issues like those related to women, dowry, girl child! and others, we make loud drawing room protestations and continue to do the reverse at home.
Our excuse? ‘It’s the whole system which has to change, how will it matter if I alone forego my sons’ rights to a dowry.’ So who’s going to change the system?
When New York becomes insecure we run to England .
When England experiences unemployment, we take the next flight out to the Gulf.
When the Gulf is war struck, we demand to be rescued and brought home by the Indian government.
Everybody is out to abuse and rape the country.
Nobody thinks of feeding the system.
Our conscience is mortgaged to money.
I am echoing J. F.Kennedy ‘s words to his fellow Americans to relate to Indians,
AND DO WHAT HAS TO BE DONE
TO MAKE INDIA WHAT AMERICA AND OTHER WESTERN COUNTRIES ARE TODAY”