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Friday, 20 March 2015

A land of amazing contrasts.



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: 
  • In the national flag of India the top band is of Saffron colour, indicating the strength and courage of the country. The white middle band indicates peace and truth with Dharma Chakra. The last band is green in colour shows the fertility, growth and auspiciousness of the land.

 I could go on and on but suffice it to say, India has left it's influence upon me. there is so much to learn but yet so much to teach them also.

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?

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