A decent Indian Hindu asks me:
Lindsay, criticisms aside, what can be done to change the country?
I have given up on Indian institutions to make anything better at all. I have thrown my lot in with the Maoists as they seem to be the only people who have what it takes to really deal with the problems of India.
I think that Indian people are very selfish. They really don’t want to solve the problems of their country.
- Shit runs through the streets of the cities like open sewers when it rains.
- 600 million Indians shit outdoors every single day.
- The garbage and pollution is sickening. I hear about folks who travel between the US and India regularly, and every time they come back from India, they are sick. They go India, they get sick. India is literally making people sick.
- Indian slums are an outrage. Substandard housing, no clean or running water, no sewage. Ridiculous.
- The feudal culture of the countryside must be broken. All civilized nations have undergone a land reform. It never got done in India due to the power of the feudal lords. Land reform is mandatory.
- Education reform is necessary. There are too few schools and way too many kids drop out very young to go to work.
- Child labor and even slavery is rampant in India. It’s absolutely sickening.
This are the immediate problems that need to be addressed in India. Very basic things. First things first, ok? All the skyscrapers can’t mask this horror.
I do not think that privileged Indians want to fix these problems though. They figure it does not effect them.
We get Indian nationalists here every day screaming abuse and threats at me, but unlike them, I really do want what is best for the vast majority of Indian people. This desire means that I have a very deep love for the Indian people in terms of my hopes and desires for them.
I think most Indian nationalists do not want what is best for India. In that sense, I question how much they really love their land and their people, no?