Padmaavat ban lasted for over two months because it hurt Rajput sentiments.
Valentine's Day has been controversial for over five years because some sects think it is hurting the 'Hindutva' of the nation.
These events raise a lot of questions.
Throwing stones at little children to protest over some movie which disrespects your culture? Or beating couples on Valentine's Day because we're moving towards 'Westernisation'? Is that how we want to express our anger? Rather than frowning upon something which is made for entertainment purposes, we can divert our focus towards more important issues.
There is anger, of course. A lot of it, which can be channelised elsewhere. But taking it all out on such silly issues? Not acceptable.
Yes, I'm calling them silly because there are other facts about India which need urgent attention.
Here is everything that is wrong with the country.
Take a look...
Every one in five Indians is poor.
Although the problem of poverty is improving with time, even today, India inhabits over 27 crore poor people, according to World Bank. The issue of poverty is bigger than the issue of 'couples' going out together and moving towards 'Westernisation'. An extremely disheartening yet true fact about India.
Sundar Pichai, CEO at Google.
Satya Nadella, CEO at Microsoft.
Indra Nooyi, CEO at PepsiCo.
These are only a few examples. India ranks 81st on global talent index!
Yes, Global Talent Competitive Index (GTCI) covered 119 countries to show that India is at the risk of losing the best of its talent. Brain drain is already apparent. What is not apparent is our action towards this problem.
India ranks 79th on the Corruption Perception Index
Well, no surprises there. This survey takes 176 countries into account. Even scams of thousands of crores are seen where people like Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi embezzle money and leave the country for good. The system, the corruption or the people, who do we blame? And whose loss is it, ultimately? Well, we know the answer to that.
India is short of 1 million school teachers.
Shortage of teachers is one of the issues we face today. Some more facts about India:
- India has over 1 lakh single teacher schools.
- Around 11 lakh teachers lack proper training as well.
In India, 1 doctor serves 1,668 people.
Another severe issue which is overlooked. The doctor to patient ratio is 1:1668. There are protests by medicos for their protection as well. Because of many issues which come to surface including attacks. Attacking concepts or ideas is one thing but attacking people who are trying to benefit you? Not acceptable.
More than 30% of India's youth is not employed.
Neither are they in education or training. People aged between 15-29 are being talked about here. And over 60% of the population is under 35 years old. Another report says that 77% of Indian workers will have vulnerable employment by 2019.
What does that tell you? India needs some serious reforms and job opportunities specifically for its youth.
2.8 crore pending cases in India as of 2017.
India would need over 15,000 more judges to overcome this problem. It is a very serious issue if you actually think about it. What if you were involved in some such case? You'd be stuck in the system for a long time.
India recorded 106 rapes a day in 2016.
Almost 39,000 cases were reported over the year. Every day in the newspapers, we see at least one headline about rape. Women empowerment, women safety and eve-teasing are some major issues which need our immediate attention.
Over 1.3 billion people in India.
Yes, overpopulation is another major issue which needs attention. India's population is equivalent to 17% of world's population. From scarcity of resources to excess competition, many of our problems would be solved if we paid attention to the population crisis.
The government is taking steps towards Swachh Bharat which is improving this problem day by day, but cleanliness is an issue in India. Abroad, India is known for its filthiness, population and cows.
57% of Indian youth thinks we are sentimental about the wrong things, according to India Ka Pulse. The data mentioned above does support that notion.
Approx. 24% think we're diverted by the media and around 10% accept that they're selfish. Issues such as brain drain, corruption, population aren't paid as much attention as needed. Only a small 8% defy the idea that we're too sentimental. What do you think?
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