Sunday, August 19, 2012

India at 66

The largest democracy on the planet celebrates its sixty sixth birthday today, while remaining a land of extreme contradictions.
As I walk the streets of Bangalore the contradictions stare me in the face. World brands like McDonalds and KFC stand side by side with local bakeries, open produce markets, and traditional restaurants that serve up Thali; you can also find Chinese and Italian cuisine abundant.
Saree (or Sari)
It is indeed a land of many spices; extreme wealth and extreme poverty; progressive innovation and old world traditions.
The men all wear western fashions — whether its dress slacks and shirts, or jeans and polo shirts –, while the women still mostly wear a traditional saree, , or salwar kameez; loose slacks and a tunic top.
According to Wikipedia, the Republic of India is the seventh largest country by landmass, second largest by population (1.2 billion), with the 11th largest economy by GNP (third in purchasing power). There are 28 states and 7 union territories. It is multi-lingual, multi-ethnic, and pluralistic; while Hindu and English are the two formal national languages, there are some eighty languages with 200 dialects throughout this country.

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