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    Digvijay
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    India is a incredible country with different faith and religion. Though Hinduism is the most common followed religion other have equal rights and importance. India has many faith followers like Islam, Jainism and Buddhism, Christianity and Parsi. Apart from that India has 1650 languages - 30 of which are spoken by more than a million speakers and 122 of which are spoken by more than 10,000. There are 6 distinct language families that go beyond India. In contrast, 95% of Europe comes under a single language family. Most Indians might not know about the Austro-Asiatic Munda languages spoken in the heart of India more related to Vietnamese & Cambodian ( the Tibeto-Burman languages spoken in Ladakh, Sikkim and North east and that some Dravidian languages are spoken as far away as Baluchistan.

    India has 1200 million people. That is more than the combined population of US, Russia, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, Japan, UK, Germany, Australia, Italy, Spain and New Zealand! In fact, India's population is larger than any other continent in the world, outside Asia.


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      Hi Digvijay,I'm curious about something that I have never been able to understand- perhaps you can help me out, if you don't mind. I have visited India several times, and I am always somewhat baffled by the......

      Hi Digvijay,

      I'm curious about something that I have never been able to understand- perhaps you can help me out, if you don't mind. I have visited India several times, and I am always somewhat baffled by the...disparity, between what I hear and what I see. I hear Indian people talking about how wonderful India is, how advanced, how incredible. They seem genuinely proud of their country and it's state of being.

      Yet the government seems to be very corrupt- this is nothing new, most governments are- but, for instance, they have recently redefined what "poverty" is, so that India can be seen as improving economically...yet every Indian with any intelligence knows this is untrue, or at least not nearly as true as they make it sound. Yet most seem to pretend to buy it.



      August 2, 2015
      New Delhi (CNN)India's latest Socioeconomic and Caste Census (SECC) paints a stark picture of widespread rural poverty and deprivation. Of the 300 million households surveyed, an overwhelming majority (73%) live in villages. Of this rural population, less than 5% earn enough to pay taxes, only 2.5% own a 4-wheeler vehicle and less than 10% have salaried jobs. Not only does rural India have miserable statistics on income and asset ownership, its literacy rates are low. Only 3.5% of students graduate and around 35.7% of residents can't read or write. It comes as no surprise that the bulk of the Indian population is still overwhelmingly poor. Past surveys and experts have continued to emphasize the chasm between the two disparate pictures of India -- one that owns ambitious space and nuclear programs, and boasts of billionaires and information technology prowess, and the one in the villages, of which 92 million households (51%) earn their living by manual labor. The self-reported data from the SECC survey will be used for targeting new and existing welfare schemes. Toeing the line taken by the previous administration, the government refrained from making caste data public.



      I see people living in what, by American standards- indeed by human standards- is abject poverty. They are malnourished and illiterate, and just a short distance away is a modern, technologically advanced lifestyle.

      All countries have this, to a degree- certainly parts of the US are similar, but the sheer number of people and the level of poverty is far beyond what I generally see.

      And yet, the Indian people I regularly converse with online- and there are quite a few- are very excited about India's new financial status, and can't stop talking about all of the new fighters and ships and bombers and weapons that India is buying, and they want an infrastructure in place to help India build its own military hardware...

      Not one word about helping their countrymen out of poverty, or teaching them to read, or feeding starving children...

      I'm not judging, my country does dumb things too, I'm just trying to understand the cognitive dissonance this creates in my head. Every Indian I know is very intelligent, so I know they understand what is actually going on, but why this disparity? Can you explain it?

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      Hi Digvijay,I'm curious about something that I have never been able to understand- perhaps you can help me out, if you don't mind. I have visited India several times, and I am always somewhat baffled by the......

      Hi Digvijay,

      I'm curious about something that I have never been able to understand- perhaps you can help me out, if you don't mind. I have visited India several times, and I am always somewhat baffled by the...disparity, between what I hear and what I see. I hear Indian people talking about how wonderful India is, how advanced, how incredible. They seem genuinely proud of their country and it's state of being.

      Yet the government seems to be very corrupt- this is nothing new, most governments are- but, for instance, they have recently redefined what "poverty" is, so that India can be seen as improving economically...yet every Indian with any intelligence knows this is untrue, or at least not nearly as true as they make it sound. Yet most seem to pretend to buy it.



      August 2, 2015
      New Delhi (CNN)India's latest Socioeconomic and Caste Census (SECC) paints a stark picture of widespread rural poverty and deprivation. Of the 300 million households surveyed, an overwhelming majority (73%) live in villages. Of this rural population, less than 5% earn enough to pay taxes, only 2.5% own a 4-wheeler vehicle and less than 10% have salaried jobs. Not only does rural India have miserable statistics on income and asset ownership, its literacy rates are low. Only 3.5% of students graduate and around 35.7% of residents can't read or write. It comes as no surprise that the bulk of the Indian population is still overwhelmingly poor. Past surveys and experts have continued to emphasize the chasm between the two disparate pictures of India -- one that owns ambitious space and nuclear programs, and boasts of billionaires and information technology prowess, and the one in the villages, of which 92 million households (51%) earn their living by manual labor. The self-reported data from the SECC survey will be used for targeting new and existing welfare schemes. Toeing the line taken by the previous administration, the government refrained from making caste data public.



      I see people living in what, by American standards- indeed by human standards- is abject poverty. They are malnourished and illiterate, and just a short distance away is a modern, technologically advanced lifestyle.

      All countries have this, to a degree- certainly parts of the US are similar, but the sheer number of people and the level of poverty is far beyond what I generally see.

      And yet, the Indian people I regularly converse with online- and there are quite a few- are very excited about India's new financial status, and can't stop talking about all of the new fighters and ships and bombers and weapons that India is buying, and they want an infrastructure in place to help India build its own military hardware...

      Not one word about helping their countrymen out of poverty, or teaching them to read, or feeding starving children...

      I'm not judging, my country does dumb things too, I'm just trying to understand the cognitive dissonance this creates in my head. Every Indian I know is very intelligent, so I know they understand what is actually going on, but why this disparity? Can you explain it?

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      Hi Digvijay,I'm curious about something that I have never been able to understand- perhaps you can help me out, if you don't mind. I have visited India several times, and I am always somewhat baffled by the......

      Hi Digvijay,

      I'm curious about something that I have never been able to understand- perhaps you can help me out, if you don't mind. I have visited India several times, and I am always somewhat baffled by the...disparity, between what I hear and what I see. I hear Indian people talking about how wonderful India is, how advanced, how incredible. They seem genuinely proud of their country and it's state of being.

      Yet the government seems to be very corrupt- this is nothing new, most governments are- but, for instance, they have recently redefined what "poverty" is, so that India can be seen as improving economically...yet every Indian with any intelligence knows this is untrue, or at least not nearly as true as they make it sound. Yet most seem to pretend to buy it.



      August 2, 2015
      New Delhi (CNN)India's latest Socioeconomic and Caste Census (SECC) paints a stark picture of widespread rural poverty and deprivation. Of the 300 million households surveyed, an overwhelming majority (73%) live in villages. Of this rural population, less than 5% earn enough to pay taxes, only 2.5% own a 4-wheeler vehicle and less than 10% have salaried jobs. Not only does rural India have miserable statistics on income and asset ownership, its literacy rates are low. Only 3.5% of students graduate and around 35.7% of residents can't read or write. It comes as no surprise that the bulk of the Indian population is still overwhelmingly poor. Past surveys and experts have continued to emphasize the chasm between the two disparate pictures of India -- one that owns ambitious space and nuclear programs, and boasts of billionaires and information technology prowess, and the one in the villages, of which 92 million households (51%) earn their living by manual labor. The self-reported data from the SECC survey will be used for targeting new and existing welfare schemes. Toeing the line taken by the previous administration, the government refrained from making caste data public.



      I see people living in what, by American standards- indeed by human standards- is abject poverty. They are malnourished and illiterate, and just a short distance away is a modern, technologically advanced lifestyle.

      All countries have this, to a degree- certainly parts of the US are similar, but the sheer number of people and the level of poverty is far beyond what I generally see.

      And yet, the Indian people I regularly converse with online- and there are quite a few- are very excited about India's new financial status, and can't stop talking about all of the new fighters and ships and bombers and weapons that India is buying, and they want an infrastructure in place to help India build its own military hardware...

      Not one word about helping their countrymen out of poverty, or teaching them to read, or feeding starving children...

      I'm not judging, my country does dumb things too, I'm just trying to understand the cognitive dissonance this creates in my head. Every Indian I know is very intelligent, so I know they understand what is actually going on, but why this disparity? Can you explain it?