Probably my last post concerning India but I cannot let this chance to speak of the amazing contrasts which are the make up of this vast nation.
- It is the largest democracy in the world and yet the majority of it's population are illiterate.
- It is a socialist state and yet it has some of the largest independent companies in the world.
- It has possibly the highest price real estate in the world that sits side by side one of the world's largest slums.
- There seems to be a pride in the slums.
- There are multi millionaires living in the slum in Mumbai.
- It is a largely matriarchal society but when a woman is gang raped and killed it is her fault for being out at night and for fighting for her honour and life.
- It has some of the largest companies in the world and yet there are millions out of work.
- There are super cars on the roads next to tuc-tucs and ox carts.
- It is a Hindu nation that freely allows the muslim call to prayer to dominate 5 times a day. I do not know of a single Muslim land that would allow the opposite.
- One of the fastest growing economies in the world but yet relies on vast amounts of aid from Britain and other Western countries.
- A nuclear power but poor electricity infrastructure.
- A space programme but no decent roads.
- A caring community until it comes to being on the road when the weakest is made vulnerable.
- Beautiful scenery spoiled by rubbish everywhere.
- Beautiful beaches covered in human excrement.
- A police force that turns a blind eye to injustice.
- Politicians who preach socialism that are infinitely wealthy.
- Trains that would leave the average Brit cringing but are full of happy smiling people.
- Gentle traditional music and Bollywood.
- A cricket team that makes England look silly.
- A people of peace and tranquility that do not know what quiet means.
- Even the flag is full of contrasts to reality:
India needs much but I believe the gospel which apparently first arrived with the Apostle Thomas just after Jesus had risen to heaven is the most needed commodity.
But who will take it?