Don't judge a book by its cover!
We all know that India is known as one of the most backward or stereotype nation in the world. It is linked to many misconceptions regarding its people and society. But when Karolina Goswami, a Polish girl from Poland, Europe, visited India for the first time in 2014, she realized that people in Europe are not aware of the beauty of the country and most of them were biased because of media.
India is either known for its Bollywood, yoga practices or by the movie Slumdog Millionaire. But it isn't anyone's fault. It is the way India has always been described. Every country has its flaws and so do India. But India is definitely not the type of country that has been shown to the other nations.
It's time that the other nations should know that India is not what they have learned, it's far more than that. In the video, 'Let's check if you are brainwashed about India', Karolina Goswami cleared many myths about India that neither the Indians ever knew.
So, let's check out what this European girl has to say concerning India.
People in other countries don't know that India is among the fastest growing economies in the world. People in foreign countries believe that Indians come to other nations and start stealing their jobs. But only a few know that there are many Indians who provide jobs to people in various countries. There are more than 800 companies in the United Kingdom that employ around 110,000 people. Even in the United States of America, Indians own firms employ more than 600,000 people.
Do you have any idea why Indians while talking about rape in India, never mention rape statistics? It is because India is nowhere close to the western country's rape rate.
You must have heard the myth that since India has been a multi-cultural society, it practices discrimination. But after reading the further points, you will for sure be brain-washed.
India since a long time has been a multi-cultural society where discrimination is practised. Right? But which country is perfect? Which country doesn't practice discrimination? On a positive note, in India, even the minorities are allowed to thrive and grow in numbers. A country where many traditions took birth like Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Hinduism. When people in the foreign countries hear about the Indian caste system, they forget to mention that even after many such cases, the people who are known as the lower caste end up being President, Vice President, Prime Minister or Chief Minister. Many of the countries still don't know that India is the country that already has a female President and a female Prime Minister.
In western countries, where people want to double their currencies but don't want to do the small jobs, they hire people from other countries to do the task. And after completion of the duties, they smartly dispose them back to their nations. Well, can this be also called exploitation?
But did you know that Indians are self-reliant, and they believe in solving all their issues by themselves? Keep reading to know about more myths about India including its sanitation.
Indians never fear speaking-out-loud against their government or authorities to fight for the right thing. But even though the people fight their own companions, they will never want to replace their nation with any other country.
Though India produces far less waste than other countries, has less per capita emissions in comparisons to many nations and also less historical emissions, still, it is moderately bad in dealing with its waste management. When people say that Indians need to work over their sanitation, they forget to mention that India was among the pioneers in ancient sanitations system before the other western countries got civilized.
It is not wrong to say that still even after all these years, India is not defecation free. But not many people know that there is a disease related to defecation known as Coprophilia, which is common in western countries. This could be minimized if a potential exchange happens between India and the western countries. Where India can bring the latest sanitation systems from the west, the west can opt Indian yoga to get rid of such addictions. But this is only possible if the western countries can gather the strength to accept their embarrassing problems.
India is a developing country, but do you know what India was before being 'Colonialized'?
Though the country is not a world leader in everything, still is kind-hearted. Many citizens in India are still unaware of the fact that India was once one of the richest lands. It was a precious place before it was looted by the colonizers. The country that has got its independence several years ago has now started to rebuild itself. Even this will slow its progress, but at least their system attempts to involve everyone in the rebuilding.
Here are some more facts about India that will change your mentality towards the country.
India has the third largest military in the world plus has heavy nuclear weapons. But unlike other nations, it doesn't consider in attesting off its muscle power.
Though the country is not good with marketing and earning a heavy outlay, their methods are notably much unique. Indian space agency ISRO earns money by sending satellites into space for a cheap price. It fulfils the need of the poor countries and also helps the countries who are willing to save their money.
Do you think India is on the top in cases of crimes, intolerance, rapes, poverty, hunger or wealth inequality ratios? Keep reading to know the answer to this.
Indian media never tries to suppress any other country by standing up as a role model. But if the countries who count themselves as role models will check their crimes, intolerance, rapes, poverty, hunger or wealth inequality ratios, they will be easily ridiculed. Indians believe in improving themselves rather than mocking others. They know very well that tragedy is not a competition.
Only fewer people know that Indians who are living around the world, are also feeding the hungry and the poor outside their native countries by their philanthropic actions of Gurudwaras and Temples. They really don't even expect anyone to endure their Indian culture.
Keep reading to know what else Karolina has to say about India.
Karolina Goswami in her closing sentence appreciated India by calling it gentle, accommodating, compassionate and forgiving, because according to her, India still welcomes people from their ex-colonial ruler's land. In raising of India, the country will make a lot of mistakes but will also learn, she explained.
She said, that there is no need of presenting yourself superior and addressing someone else inferior, all that one needs to do is focus on our own grass rather than thinking that the neighbour ones is greener.
It is generous that an individual from some other nation is speaking about the misconceptions and is taking an initiative to clear them to the world.
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