Why is the present India doing so badly?
If I compare the present day India
with ancient India or with any of the other Asian countries, I have visited, the
burning question is: why is the present India doing so badly? I don't mean the
economy which benefits only 5% of the population but the general way of living
and the tourist business.
'More poor’ in
India than Africa.
More then one year after writing this
(2010-7-13) I read an interesting article on the BBC News website that according
to a new advanced survey there are
‘more poor’ in India than Africa. Eight Indian states account for more poor
people than in the 26 poorest African countries combined, a new measure of
global poverty has found. The Indian states, including Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and
West Bengal, have 421 million "poor" people, the study found. This is more than
the 410 million poor in the poorest African countries, it said.
The female qualities
From 1978 I have traveled every year for 3 months through Asia and met and
talked with many people there. I also met and took a lot of pictures of girls
and women in these countries. I am happy to see that millions of visitors come to my
Asia websites and clearly enjoy these pictures. I always try to catch their natural
beauty and friendliness.
One of the female qualities is to make things beautiful and to take care of
their children, home and environment. I have always been touched to see, in my
long train journeys, how loving the Indian women were with their children. Their
love brings also forth the best in men and stimulates them to great
achievements. This is the universal Shiva-Shakti principle. Without the female
principle no movement, no improvement. Everything will stay the same and
therefore will decline, because nothing is static.
The Indian women are not equal to men
Clearly the Indian women are not equal to men. Outside of their home there
are only a limited number of possibilities for them. To give one (for Indians
shocking example?): in most Asian countries like Thailand, Vietnam or China,
while laying on the beach, women come to you to give you a great massage
(nothing to do with sex!). And as a tourist I have often enjoyed that. Very
healing after a long journey. Even in Goa full of Western tourists, this idea
looks shocking to the Indians, who even became angry when a young woman with a
bikini walked on the tourist market in Arjuna (whole story in the newspapers). I
also like to go to a female barber, in some countries combined with a refreshing
head massage, but no possibilities in India. (There can be some exceptions
somewhere, but I report from my own long experience).
The repression of the sexual energy and love
A main cause of the many problems facing India is the repression of the
sexual energy and the natural contact between boys and girls (love). Sexual
energy is a very strong energy, which you can’t repress. This has resulted in
many cases of ugly prostitution (exploiting of women) and the very high score of
HIV/Aids in India. I have read an alarming report about that during my last
Sexual energy is THE creative energy (you can create babies with it, but on the
higher level of the energy: beauty and art). By repressing it you repress all
the creativity, vision, improvement, change for the better and originality.
It is amazing to see that in the ancient times, everywhere on the ancient
temples and monuments, (almost) nude women are depicted in various sexual
positions. In that creative and flourishing time sexuality and the female energy
have been celebrated and has resulted in great works of art and beauty. For which
we still marvel, surrounded by all the mess and garbage of the present India.
Even the Taj Mahal is a monument of love and passion for a woman!
When I was in Mangalore during Valentine’s Day, there were several very ugly
incidents in the newspaper of girls, who were dragged on their long hairs, or
even raped or murdered when they just tried to contact a boy (perhaps of another
faith?). If I understand
well there were gangs of fanatic young Hindus doing this. A classic example how
ugly repressed sexual energy can become.
People unable to act out of spontaneity and
creativity develop repressed venomous pockets of hostility. They
become hard and dense. (Osho from
The new nude female statue was demolished. The old ones are
considered art. Double moral!
An example of the opposite
In Beijing I have been deeply impressed by the women there. There were fully
in their beautiful female energy and at the same time powerful. In the job
opportunities there were equal to men. Beijing is in every way incomparable with
any big Indian city as New Delhi or Mumbai. Everything so beautiful,
artful and well taken care for. Even the (free!) public toilets looked like
being in an expensive 5 star hotel. If you see the amazing big change this
country has made from a communist to a free market economy in about 20 years, it
is a miracle.
In India I had many times the feeling that
nothing ESSENTIALLY HAS CHANGED
IN 30 YEARS. Only much more people, which is another big problem for India. When
I came back to Mumbai after 30 years, the same old taxi, the same scene: dark
streets with a lot of sleeping poor people. And the only beautiful monuments are
what the British had built!
One more example in Thailand are so many women running or working in shops,
restaurants, hotels and so on. Of course this stimulates tourism and the economy a lot,
because their friendliness, their smile, their sense of beauty and their sense
of taking care of you as a guest.
If the real world is too harsh, create a dream world
There is a completely different
picture of Indian women shown in movies, on TV and in advertisements then seen
in reality. This must be also frustrating for the women.
Almost everyday I saw many billboards of amazing beautiful, almost white women,
wearing golden jewels. In reality I saw no women who even came close to these
pictures, in the 7 weeks I traveled. In movies and on TV women are depicted as sexy
and flirting, mostly with very provocative mini shorts/dresses and dance
movements. When a girl in reality tries to contact a boy she is severely
punished (see Mangalore). This is an unhealthy psychological reaction: if the
real world is too harsh, create a dream world.
Another problem arises from this
dream. Because some Indian men think, if a Western woman is dressed a little
like in these movies, the thing she wants the most is to have sex with an Indian
man. Even in holy places like Rishikesh this has resulted in harassment
and rape of Western women.
dowry system, combined with arranged marriage
Then of course we have the terrible
dowry system, combined with arranged marriage, which have all nothing to do with
love. There are many cases where married women are burnt or thrown with acid if
their family does not pay extra money. Because of this dowry system many girls
are aborted in the womb, which will (and has already) lead to a shortage of
A recent article in BBC News 23 May
2011 paints a horrific picture:
India's unwanted girls
India's 2011 census
shows a serious decline in the number of girls under the age of seven -
activists fear eight million female foetuses may have been aborted in the past
It is also one of
the many examples that the government of India doesn’t solve any important
problem, the same as with the steadily growing population. India is FULL!!
The ROOT cause of all the other problems
This is only one of the many problems facing India, but an important one and
most probably the ROOT cause of all the other problems. I hope the situation
will improve soon. It is VERY MUCH needed, if India will have a chance of
Update March 11th, 2010
I am very happy to see that less then one year after starting
this action for more freedom and rights for the Indian women
the miracle actually happens:
'A new liberation for Indian women'.
Read more on my spiritual journeys website:
Update April 20th, 2009: 'Love guru' barred from
article (see below) in many newspapers in the world (even in the Netherlands it has been a
main article) show clearly the strong opposite forces against any change for the
better in India. Freedom and love are the most important human values, without
that we can not even speak about humans. But through the ages most religions has
been very oppressive against love and freedom in order to easily manipulate
people. The freedom to love the way you want (without harming another) is THE
most fundamental human right. Without it everything will become a mess and ugly
as it easy to see in India everywhere. And I find it a SHAME that in a so
called democracy, somebody who wants to come up for this fundamental right, is
barred from the elections by a cheap trick. And not to speak about the rest.
I want to
encourage all the lovers in India to stand up for your fundamental right: The
freedom to love the way you want.
I can hardly imagine a more beautiful
picture than two young lovers sitting together. What a twisted and repressed
mind people must have to beat them up!
Don’t underestimate your power as you come up for your
freedom. An illuminating example are Gandhi and Nehru. They defeated the
whole (then powerful) British empire. And of course, as this happens always,
they and their followers were beaten up, throw in jail and Gandhi assassinated.
This has happened to many freedom fighters. Even many innocent women and
children were killed by the British. But at the end this immense power to
get your own freedom will always win. In the cosmic order of things the
forces of love and freedom will always win over the dark forces of ignorance.
professor standing up for the freedom of lovers made headlines in so many
Western newspapers and media. People (like me) will hear this call and will
support this movement direct or indirect. His opponents felt the power of it and
with a cheap trick they outmaneuvered him. But as it happened
so many times, if the spirit of time is ripe things will begin to change.
Visiting India I got this vibe and expressed it in this website. I am happy
to see that more people are catching it. Go for it!
The time is ripe now!
India has 1/6th of
the world population, so what happens in India influences the whole world.
barred from Indian polls. Excerpt from Western newspapers.
PATNA, India. A
professor dubbed "the love guru" who promised more freedom for lovers if elected
to parliament was Tuesday barred from contesting India's ongoing elections,
Choudhary, who was in the race in the Bihar state capital of Patna with 33
others, was disqualified because of irregularities in his nomination papers,
poll administrator J.K. Sinha told AFP. Sinha said signatures of the man who
confirmed the 55-year-old Choudhary's identity in line with electoral rules did
not match. So he's out of the race," Sinha added. Choudhary, a father of one,
was not available for comment.
The professor had
campaigned on the unusual platform of more freedom for unwed lovers and standing
up to vigilante groups who oppose public displays of affection. India's public
parks have become a battleground between lovers and the self-styled Hindu
extremist "moral police" who have beaten up and publicly humiliated couples for
sitting together or holding hands. His manifesto will pledge new 'love parks'
where couples can canoodle in peace without fear of arrest or being beaten by
police officers or morality campaigners.
"It not only
provides adequate safeguards for lovers, but also seeks to overhaul our
educational and electoral systems," he said. "The lovers will
not have to run away from their homes and the police will provide them
Nath Choudhary, 57, is currently suspended from his post as a Hindi language
lecturer at Patna University, Bihar, after his extra-marital love affair with
student Julie Kumari sparked a public outcry. He was attacked and had his face
blackened in public by an angry mob, which included his wife's relatives.