Originally Posted by globetrotter
look, asshole, I can understand that you might find it offensive to hear somebody say something that may put your ethnicity in a bad light, but this is not meant in a way that should be considered insulting - it is simply facts. I don't know if you have really been to india, and I don't know if you ever get outside of your families compound, or if you realize that you are talking shit but do so because you can't bear the truth. and I don't care. but you obviously no nothing about india.
up until 2001, less than 5% of indians had access to telephones. not a telephone, mind you, but access to telephones. today, about 10% have telephones, but that is mostly because of companies that have worked to make it possible for very low income people to have telephones. the majority of people still don't have plumbing, electricity or telephones.
all of those people who live in small huts in the villages, or in the shanties in cities, or for that matter who sleep "rough", in the street, where do you think that they shit?
or, let me ask you this - you ever drive around a big city at 6 am? see all the people going off to the fields with a little bucket of water? what the fuck do you think that they are going to the fields to do?
so, piss off and find someplace else to troll, ok?
report by indian government, sponsered by UNICIFhttp://planningcommission.gov.in/rep...ep/wtrsani.pdf
check out page 35, and the introduction.http://swopnet.com/engr/sanitation/India_sewers.html
US forign office reporthttp://www.unicef.org/india/wes.html
For someone who is working to provide solar powered LED lanterns to villagers in India, and for someone who has lived in the country and traveled to as fas East as Orissa, you are making some ridiculous statements. Have you ever been to a village in India? I have been working on a project for the last 2 years, and spent 2 months in Orissa, in the middle of nowhere to try and do research and survey on the needs of the villagers in India. The truth is, a large majority of villagers in India have access to phone these days, and even poor rickshaw drivers, taxi drivers, vegetable sellers, etc have cellphone these days. I went to a village where people didn't have electricity last year, and this year, power lines are being installed as we speak so that they can have electricity available 6-8 a day (for now). So, you can keep your reports to yourself, and try to experience the real thing. Go live with the villagers, and you will see that their lives are improving in many ways.
The people who sleep on the streets, or near them, they have mechanisms to collect their shit, and dig holes or whatever else they can come up with. Does that mean no one shits on the streets? Of course not.
As for the smells, a lot of cities do smell, and thats because the average Indian doesn't care about picking up his trash or cleaning up after himself. Its the mentality of the people that hurts the most. Regardless, I am through arguing with your ass, because obviously the opinion of someone who has grown up in India and has ridden the dirty public trains, and been to villages trying to bring electricity to the people is of no use. So, too bad you have such a skewed view of the country, but its your loss.
Also, if you haven't been to India since 2001, then you should probably make a visit asap. I take a 6 month break between trips, and the city I live in changed dramatically. Indians aren't the best planners when it comes to infrastructure, but in terms of trying to help the poor, the Congress has been doing a lot and have been partially successful at it.
So, keep your generalizations with you, but go visit the country when you get a chance.