God bless America!!

First time I heard it, I wondered – what about the rest, seemed brazen, arrogant, and typically American. Until I recalled words of wisdom from a fellow commuter on a train journey in India “That India works, proves that there is God”. Now, when they say India can help you discover yourself or find the meaning of life, traveling in overcrowded trains and buses is definitely part of the prescription. But, let me not digress, God’s blessings for America is all the Almighty can afford, cause sure as hell – he is working full time India.

A population of 1 billion people; belonging to a civilization that has roots going back to 3300 BC; who speak one or more of the 15 official languages; who practice multitude of religions; governed by a bureaucratic democratic political system, part capitalistic, part socialistic and guess what – part communist – needs a little divine intervention. And so far it has worked remarkably well, I am not saying we haven’t had our share of problems, on the contrary we seem to be besieged with ever-recurring themes but our resilience is bar none.

Hindu-Muslim riots: Most of the time we get along, it’s just that every so often we like to kill each other.
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Bihar: It’s a nice neat little package of trouble, one state has it all caste violence, illiteracy, yearly floods killing hundreds every year, and perpetual poverty. Solve Bihar and India goes up a few notch.
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Floods and Droughts: Hundreds still die every year of floods in Bhiar, Orissa and droughts in Andhra.
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Terrorism: Much before the phrase “War on Terror”, was invented; India has been fighting Islamic terrorism for more than 2 decades now.
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Casteism: Even the great Mahatma couldn’t wipe off the scourge of caste discrimination.
Corruption: Sadly corruption has become part of Inidan life in some circles at least.
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Illiteracy: Many in India still cant read and write.
Disease: Some of the latest statistics reveal that India will soon have the most AIDS HIV positive people in a single country.

In spite of all these, and much like the word we invented, the Indian juggernaut rolls on; none but the crazy would give us an outside chance of existence let alone success, but miraculously we flourish. We continue to make progress on all fronts; I am hopeful and proud to be an Indian, and even though I am not very religious I can’t help but think that maybe, just maybe a God does exist. So here are my prayers for the 60th year of Indian independence.

Thank you God, keep up the good work, continue to bless America, work for India and answer my prayers. Oh! almost forgot, I think we can do with a fewer natural disasters. We do appreciate the devastating hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts and floods, but I think we are good for now, so please hold them.

About amit

I was born in Kanpur, India in 1977. I did my schooling partly in Kanpur, Surat and Udaipur. I spent most of my schooling years in Udaipur in a boarding school. This was the most enjoyable period of my life predominantly because I made a lot of friends and played a lot of football (my first love). My school years brought in a sinking realization that I was good in academics, average in football [even after my most sincere efforts :( ] and to put it euphemistically 'artistically challenged'. Hence cool careers in photography, sports, art & design or music were all beyond me. I took up what I could do best, and enrolled for engineering at Nagpur University. College brought its own pleasures, I had my share of beers, bunked classes, read the 'Bhagvad Gita', learned yoga and picked up love for traveling. After graduating I was one of the lucky few to get a great job at Infosys Technologies. The best thing I got from my first job - my Yamaha Rx 135. There were not many weekends when I did not explore places in and around Bangalore on it. In two years though my desire to pursue further studies caught up with me and I enrolled for a M.S in Computer Networking at North Carolina State University. Here I picked up basketball, love for stand up comedy, liking for the 'other football' and offcourse a little bit of computer networking. I graduated in Dec 2002 and am currently working for /n Software. I am slowly evolving into a die hard Linux and Open Source enthusiast, trying to pick up skydiving, biking, running and photography. Some might call that progress. :)
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