Thursday, April 19, 2007

#002, India is the dirtiest and unhealthiest hole in the world!

Bankim Chandra called this country: Sujalaam (full of good water), suphalaam (full of good fruits), malayaja siitalaam (full of cool breeze), sasya s`yaamalaam (fertile with crops).

Vivekananda wrote to Ms. Ole Bull, from India, on August 19, 1897.

"...I had a letter from Joe saying that you are both coming to India. I, of course, will be very glad to see you in India, only you ought to know from the first that India is the dirtiest and unhealthiest hole in the world, with scarcely any European comforts except in the big capitals..."

*Even if it is necessary to give some caution about unhygienic places, would it not have been sufficient to say "Some places in our country may not be upto the standards of cleanliness and hygiene as viewed by European/American standards. This may be due to hundreds of years of foreign rule. Kindly be prepared to put up with them." or in similar other diction?

*Have you ever called your country 'the dirtiest and unhealthiest'?


Anonymous said...

Dear yb,

Your comments are really welcome. Many people, within the Hindu fold, also have doubts on various points, several of which have been addressed here. However, wherever possible, pl. give sources (e.g., the letters of Vivekananda, where, in which book/s one can find them). Otherwise the staunch believers are likely to be not convinced.

Anonymous said...

well India at those times might not have been totally unhygienic, but truth is truth

Theodore Roosvelt -"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

Bhimashankar said...

you are a missionary man.