Wow! I see so many negative comments and most of them are baseless – it feels like I am watching BBC/NYT or at a speech of Mani Shankar Aiyar. All these people – who have never traveled outside – think all the World's problems are Indian and other problem infested countries are paradises.
If you hate the country so much – either work to change it or get out and let us who work for a better future have our way.
DISCLAIMER : As the title states this is only the positive things about India – since our negatives are talked about widely along every spectrum of the media/internet/even in one on one conversations daily. All the pure negativity/propaganda/exaggerated faults make people lose hope /confidence which is bad for us. I am typing this to give people confidence/hope that India is getting better and we will rise.
Reasons to be proud being an Indian :
1. We started the Non-Aligned Movement which pulled many countries out of the Cold War between First and Second World nations (they represent Capitalist and Communist countries – yes that was the first meaning for these words. FYI Third World Countries initially referred to us because we didn't join the other two groups) and kept them on a relatively safe path – check what happened to the Middle east after they got involved with them. They super radicalized since the 70's onwards. So I say the NAM is a good movement and we should be proud of it.
2. We always stood up for ourselves and for the right causes (we're considered one of the few countries who actually stand up for the needs of the poor countries at International forums like the recent Food issue at the WTO) despite all the overwhelming odds – we stood against the genocide in Bangladesh in 1971 despite the US and UK sending carrier fleets against us. More RECENTLY, we stood against the entire WTO to protect the food subsidies for our people and many nations who opposed this bill but could not speak out – joined us and gave us support – check the articles on all news media/alternative media.
3. We indigenously built up our Nuclear/Space technology – we're the first country outside the 5 UNSC members who has build indingeously nuclear submarines/carriers/missile technology/space technology/space exploration missions/built our fighter jet/built the World's first Supersonic missiles (maneuverable also) etc.
NOTE: Some UNSC members and others like UK, Israel – got tech from the US – they get tech help even now. China got some technology for free and others it stole. Now you see why the fact we built/bought our own tech is something to be proud of.
4. We're the only Country in the World to have followers of every Religion/Philosophy in the world inside one border and not bursting at the seams. We do have the occasional flare ups but compared to the mess in the US/UK – we're far far better.
5. We have never supported Terrorism (disguised as Assymmetric warfare or some such) against any nation for any reason – unlike Pakistan which openly promotes/spreads terrorism/terrorists against Civilian populations – unlike USA which started the whole Mujaheddin mess in the first place – they funded them first in Afghanistan through Pakistan to fight the Soviets. Even today they supply money and weapons to Pakistan despite it being seen that they use it for terrorism rather than against it. Unlike what some report say – our Government/Majority populations did not support the LTTE. They were engaged in criminal activities/terrorism/bombings in our Country as well – so we hunted them down. Though just like everywhere – there were those 1/10000 assholes who supported them for selfish gains.
P.S.: The LTTE started because the Sinhalese Government disenfranchised a section of their own population and made them into third class citizens – such oppression caused the Civil War. No one else had a hand in this – that devastating Civil War and all the casualties because of it are on them squarely.
6. Despite our military/economic ability we have not bullied any nation to accept our terms – we dealt fairly. Check the bullying tactics done by other nations once they got economic/military prowess. For eg: Check our deals in Africa and the rest and compare them with the West/China deals.
7. An average Indian can talk about anything they want – even bashing the Government in public – can a Chinese do that?
8. We haven't violated anyone's borders – even the border problem with Bangladesh was solved peacefully at the ICJ and we accepted their judgement – how many countries (especially China) have broken ICJ rulings or refuse to follow the laws they signed (UNCLOS for one). Isn't being a law abiding nation something to be proud of?
9. More recently we ran History's largest election with more than 80 crore people voting. Isn't that something to be proud of?
10. Around the World – Indians are not considered welfare parasites/terrorists unless mistaken for other nationalities – we're considered decent/excellent workers/people who pay their taxes and live peacefully. Though there are some problems due to cultural difference/due to media hype or sensationalizing like the curry smell issue – it's not a detriment at all.
11. Even the most notorious right wing politician in Denmark gave a public interview stating that he would like Indians as immigrants compared to others – getting a openly accepted racists/bigot to say that – isn't that a proof of our actions/deeds and something to be proud of?
12. Indians are welcomed into every University in the World – everywhere from the top US universities to the top Universities in Japan/Korea – most other nationals have to go through many layers of security screening/academic credentials verification.
13. India is the only country that is able to be friendly with almost everyone : eg : we're friends with both Israel and Iran, Russia and NATO, etc – though it's not commonly known – India is a mediator in most cases where these competing nations come into conflict.
Recently under the new Modi Government, we have launched a massive Foreign policy to increase ties/solve issues and re-establish ties with all nations. For eg: Our problems with Bangladesh (land Border agreements, etc), are being solved. We have restarted our relationships with Australia, Canada, UAE and other countries where our Government hasn't focused on for more than 30 years. We have established trade/military/political deals with many South-East Asian nations like Vietnam, Cambodia, etc.
We have even established full scale relationships with the Arab nations which were generally cold towards us and always chose Pakistan (except for Oman which has been pro-Indian for a long time and the first middle eastern country to offer us oil and sign a protection agreement with us).
We got a grand welcome there and this shows that times and our country is changing for the better.
14. India has always repaid her debts with interest – eg: Russia helped us out in the past, we helped them with their problems like the recent Crimea issue.
Israel helped us out during the Kargil war and we started fully interacting with them and have slowly started helping them in every way we can – initially with economy, military purchases, market opening, joint-projects, public support, etc and most recently even open political support – as one diplomat said succinctly to his Israeli counterpart : "We buy 9 billion dollars worth of equipment from you, what does a few UN votes matter?" Also, our public from all walks/religion supported Israel in public marches like the one that happened in Calcutta.
15. India has turned to lender from borrower nation. Google and you will see all the economic data. We have sent billions in aid to South, South-East, Central Asia and Africa. We have established so many projects like Pan-Africa e-network project, skilled training, micro-projects (Afghanistan for one) like canal building, micro-hydropower dams, power lines, internet connections, etc which have immediate and long term effects.
16. India is considered the most stable major economy in the World – even during the recession we were not hit as hard as the rest of the World – our economy has been built to be shock proof and domestic. Though our rate of growth and corresponding interest gained in bonds is not as high as China's –