What plagues my country India

Indian Blog - The problems that plague our country are not such which need to remain forever. If we take a collective effort to eradicate them, our country will be even more beautiful, and definitely more respected.

India is a beautiful country and we are proud of it. The pride would have been unburnished if we didn’t have to be on the back foot so often defending social evils that should have died down a century ago. So what plagues my country and yours?

Gender discrimination

There definitely are more girls in school than ever before, but how many of them go on to attend high school or college is a different question. We still believe that the woman should look after the home and hearth, and even in many a high income family, the purpose of educating a girl child is only to increase her value in the marriage market.

Marriage market

Unfortunately, in India, marriages still tend to be about how much dowry you will get if your son is so qualified. The bride’s qualifications still have no value. Professional matchmakers and wedding planners mint money in getting a groom’s family a “good deal”. This is absolutely abhorring. Marriage is a sacred institution and should be fixed with the couple’s compatibility in mind, rather than “market value”.

Religion and caste

While the upper middle class might be moving away from discrimination of this sort, generally speaking there is a feeling of distrust for people of other religions. Similarly there are many who refuse to even drink water at the house of somebody from another caste. If you want the nation to progress, such outdated practices need to be abolished. Reservation in jobs should be merit based, rather than caste based.

The power of money

The general feeling is that if you have the money, you can get away with anything, even murder. People asking how much extra you had to pay to get a work done is an indicator of the sad state of affairs. The economically backward feel they will not be able to get things done at all. The system needs to be cleansed from within for this feeling to go.

Dignity of women

Even in today’s times when a young girl goes out, her safety becomes a major issue. This is because women are treated as commodities. Till every male child in the country is taught to respect every woman, this will not happen.

The problems that plague our country are not such which need to remain forever. If we take a collective effort to eradicate them, our country will be even more beautiful, and definitely more respected.

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