There are some issues with middle and upper middle class Indians. They love to criticise the west but bend over backwards to be facsimiles of that lifestyle. Do that if it floats your boat but close down on the double standards….writes Bikram Vohra
Last week Shashi Tharoor slagged off the Brits for creating an empire and demanded reparations and enough Indians got all excited about it and set the debate to music. This week we lost a former President of India and I received a photograph showing the White House flying the US flag at half mast and the writer saying how proud he was to be Indian to see this salute.
Sorry Sir but the flag was at half mast for four marines and a naval rating who were killed in Chatanooga and had nothing to do with the Indian dignitary.
My point is are all these people secret anglophiles in the love hate ‘we need their approbation’ attitude they present. I was indifferent to the froth over Tharoor’s very well spoken debate but the issue was utterly pointless and some people wrote in to say they vehemently disagreed. Fine. But to need solace from Washington DC and see it as some sort of benediction leave me unmoved. Even if Obama had lowered the flag it would have been a nice gesture but nothing to feel any specific pride about. Why is it important to the act of saying a final goodbye to a harmlessly pleasant man who occupied the highest office in the land.
But to get it so wrong and then look for comfort is beyond my grasp. Why are we so inconstant?
That is the trouble with middle and upper middle class Indians. They love to criticise the west but bend over backwards to be facsimiles of that lifestyle. Do that if it floats your boat but close down on the double standards.