Method in the Madnes

A cursory look at India will reveal chaos on epic scale. This conflict between people who seek western ideas of order and people who do not have had the benefit of western education or people who do no subscribe to the western ideas of order is growing by leaps and bounds. India above all is the land of diversity and contradictions. Every house, window, door, pictures of their preferred God is witness to that . There are 461 languages, more than 10 religions and 1.2 billion people. Every 10 kilometres dialect changes and every 100 Kilometres the taste of water changes. India celebrates uncountable number of festivals. There are rules and laws to govern every single element of this diversity; however India defers on this as well, rules and laws are merely used for conflict resolution not for every day use. A case in point are the traffic laws. You can count the number of drivers who follow traffic laws in the country on your fingers, but whenever there is an accident the rule books comes out. The nature of law enforcement in India also follows this principle; law enforcement authorities first and foremost try to resolve a conflict without waving the the rule books in peoples faces (an approach for which law enforcement authorities get severely criticised every day) What we tend to forget is that these rules and laws are not made keeping in mind the reality of India. A significant majority of laws in India are from the British Raj period and no attempt has been made to overhaul these in the Indian context. 
People with western idea of order argue that every thing should be homogenous, their argument - 'diversity in India breeds conflict so lets end it’ This set of people would want similar windows, door for every one; one picture of God, a Uniform civil code which will essentially render the society without any religious and cultural oomph because forcing the entire society to follow one set of religious norms will not acceptable be to any one. 
People who don’t subscribe to western ideas of order argue for keeping the diversity intact, they would like every one to work together with their differences intact. Human mind however is not made to process such diversity. But the push for diversity which is embedded in the genes of India can be seen manifesting in every walk of life and every activity undertaken by Indian society. You will find Indian pushing the boundaries every where in the world precisely because they are willing to look past the rules, laws, procedures, policies. That in part is also responsible for the rampant use of money power to get things done. No one see anything wrong in not following ethics for something they don’t believe in the first place. The disdain for rule of law is common to India, no matter what political, intellectual, religious leaning you may have. 
The basis of chaos rests in the diversity that india offers. If you exclude people from the society who refuse to follow a certain set of rules the society will become homogenous. But who will you exclude? Will you stop a guy from ridding a bullock cart because he cannot afford a car, or a person with a different set of religious beliefs because he does not fit in to your idea of India or some one who does not like the shape of the window you like?India has perfected the art of preserving diversity in more than 5000 years. I invite you to see India in a different light.

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Posted on July 28, 2014 and filed under General.