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.
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.