Back from a long journey to "incredible India"
In the USA I often used to here Americans speak of 'their' country as "God's own country", which always found presumptuous.
South Western Indians, however have many reasons to proudly call their country "God's own", so blessed is it by Mother Nature. Its inhabitants are an open minded, hospitable, multi- faceted, multi-religious, spiritual bunch of people. They are educated and often speak up to six languages and more. Many of them vote Communist. The LDF, a left wing coalition is currently running the country. Last Friday I passed through Kalpetta, district capital of the Wayanad in the evening hours. The place was entirely covered with bright red flags and pennants. The backs of a newly red painted bus stop bench was shaped as hammer and sickle - incredible India.
But, this Southern Indian paradise of ancient Ayurvedic wisdom and beauty also means polluted cities, plastic waste all over the place, stench, chaos, cockroaches, cramped cities busses, traffic jams and noise. The absence of a planned public infrastructure policy.
May India (and the world) open up to the role model their great Chinese neighbour, is developing. May their leaders liberate themselves from US bondage and learn from politicians like Xi, whose speech in Davos set the tone for a more peaceful and open minded world. Irene Eckert 02/12/17