I have just got back from my nightmare drive through India and although it was only 2 weeks, it was intense enough that I got a good flavour of the country. The criticism that I will make is aimed at the authorities (government and religious), not really at the people.
I was horrified at the lack of support for the people of India. The financial success of the country is derived from the exploitation of it's people. The government supplies little infrastructure, if any. There's no minimum wage, basic working conditions, minimum working age, integrated wastage/sewage disposal system, integrated transport system, health care or welfare system. It is medieval in appearance. It reminded me of England in the 13th Century. How is it right that the people live in rust-stained shacks whilst the Gods live in pristine white palaces?
The idea that this is 'God's country' is offensive. Even if there was a God, it wouldn't be happy with what is happening in India. The abuse is atrocious. I saw so many people in abject poverty, being sick on a continual basis. No amount of colourful saris and crisp school uniforms can conceal the festering brown stuff bubbling under the surface. What needs to happen is a revolution; an uprising; an Indian 'Magna Carta'. But this is the real problem. They are in a terrible catch-22. They have such a bad lifestyle that I can understand why they need to believe in something other than this life, but they have been hooked onto the idea that suffering is part of the plan; that if they accept the suffering then they will have a better life next time around.
If it is all part of God's plan then are they going to question or even challenge it? No. The religious groups know this and play on it. The manipulation by them is criminal.
Unfortunately, I cannot see anything changing anytime soon and it looks like, as the population continues to grow and the resources continue to shrink, there is a catastrophic crash ahead. I hope that this is not true but 'the writing is on the wall'.
As always, I will be interested in your opinions.
All the best
p.s. What is it about driving in India? It is utter madness. I saw more crashes in 2 weeks than I see in a year in England. Is it really just the Patriarchal system of men doing what they want? Crazy!