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Visited India twice, I love the country and its people
Article By Jie.
to an Indian, I have the good fortune of visiting India
twice in the last 4 years.
Before my first visit, I had serious doubts that I
would enjoy my time there in India.
I did not know the language, nor was I very familiar
with its culture and customs.
Just to show you how ignorant I was of the country,
my impression of India prior to the visit was of snake
dancing to tunes and spicy foods.
Having visited India twice, I have fallen in love with the
country and its people.
One of the things that struck me by surprise is how
friendly the Indian people are.
When my husband and I first arrived at the train
station in the city, Kota, Rajasthan, my in-laws and their
friends greeted us with love, laughter and garlands of
gorgeous and exotic flowers.
My sister-in-law’s and brother-in-law’s children
met me with a sense of familiarity as if they had known me
all their lives. I
immediately felt at home and at ease.
I was truly taken aback by their kindness and full
I was further
amazed with India, when my husband and I visited the
beautiful palaces and historical sites in India.
My visit to the Taj Mahal on my birthday was the
highlight of the trip.
I was humbled by the elegance and serenity this world
visit could not get better than this!
this deep appreciation I have acquired for India and its
people and the fact that my husband is Indian, I have
started to see myself as part Indian.
With this new view, I have taken India and its
With its natural beauty and pool of intellectual
talents, India is developing and advancing quickly on the
world stage of economics and politics.
In preparation for its advancement as a major
world-class nation, this nation must overcome many hurdles.
One of the hurdles that I have observed is its lack
of waste management on a national and local level.
is clear that with cheap labor, many people in India can
afford to hire maids to clean their houses. However, garbage can be seen everywhere on the streets
corners and even main roads.
Animals can also be seen roaming on the streets
freely which are hazardous to street safety.
Although the Indian people’s talent and ingenuity
constantly amaze me, I cannot grasp the indifference they
have displayed at this waste management problem. Due to this lack of hygiene, many Indians each year suffer
from diseases such as malaria which is virtually gone as a
disease in countries such as the U.S.
In order to
solve this problem, India government must increase its
constituents’ level of awareness on waste management.
Research on costs used treating illnesses as a result
of sanitary problems should be conducted. By quantifying this number, the government can then raise a
sense of urgency in this matter.
In addition, India needs to overhaul its current
garbage and street cleaning efforts.
The government can ask private companies to bid for
cleaning-up projects just like construction projects.
In addition, a regular schedule for garbage
collection by companies which charge a fixed fee to
households can be instituted just like the system in the
United States. Finally, families that do not comply with usage of waste
management companies will be fined on a regular basis.
It may seem to be a lot of work and huge amount of
money and efforts to be spent on this issue.
However, if India does not correct the problem, more
money will be wasted to reverse the sanitary problems as a
result of lack of waste management.
The country and its people will be much better
is becoming a powerful nation, and its people and their
talent are a major factor in its success. This advancement, however, can hampered by its lack of
systematic waste management.
This problem poses a huge threat to India’s ability
to increase the standard of living of its people.
Furthermore, millions of dollars are spent on
treating patients with diseases that are caused by sanitary
to rectify this, India must address this issue with a sense
of urgency and institute provisions to involve its citizens
and private sector to engage in a “Clean India”
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