A couple of weeks ago we wrote for the @tribesteemup on the subject of Anarchy. It was a great question to answer, and initiated some pretty full on debates on Facebook with some friends who read it! Anarchy to me is much like what a real Matriarchy would be.. and it doesn’t really exist in its pure form in the world. What I really notice as I have just returned to India from the Netherlands is that India is the closest country to Anarchy, in the way I like it, that I have ever discovered!
The joys for me are found in the little things. On the surface India may appear quite similar to many other developing countries, and yet when you really look at her, she is so unique! The reason why I am SO grateful to India is for giving me a space in which life is enriched in each moment with things like honour, the presence of the people, openness, acceptance, spirituality and love! India has her rules, and her Government, but in India it is the people who 'own her', and who live a very intimate life with the land and the nature. The more Rural you get in India, the less that rules matter, and people are given a lot of space to do their own thing and live their lives the way they see fit.
In a short 3 hour drive from Madurai Airport to Rural India I noticed so many things that I think are just so simply wonderful.. and yet many of which would be punishable by prison time, or even having your child removed by CPS if you ever tried it in New York or London! People live and learn through their experience much more than by having to know the rules. WE are responsible for ourselves, and the State does not own you! In India you are Free!
Let me share a couple of cute photos that I snapped on the way that say it all really.
This was open in a very public space
No Helmets, Three on board, including a kid, and carrying a load ;-).. Its ALL good!
I just love how this country works.. even with the ubiquitous corruption and mismanagement.. It is real anarchy to me, and is nothing short of a miracle to witness how life happens here every day. To just be free to do as you want, any old time! India is always ready for you... but are you ready for it!?
I'd like to leave you with interesting facts about India:
India has banned all captive dolphins, stating that dolphins should be viewed as non-human persons. Here's a good Samaritan! Surely PETA would be proud.
The Golden Temple in India feeds a vegetarian meal to over 50,000 people a day regardless of race, religion and class. If that doesn't make you feel proud, nothing will.
Adding another faucet to its incredibleness is the fact that it is illegal for a child in India to neglect their parents after their retirement.
Cows must, by law, have a Photo ID Card in West Bengal, India. Say MOO!
India is the only country in the world which has both tigers and lions in the wild.
Where else in the world would you find an experimental township which welcomes citizens from all over the world and has no provisions of money or religion. You read it right, founded in 1968 it's called Auroville situated mostly in Tamil Nadu.
Yet another statistic proving the incredibleness of this nation is that the Indian Railways has world's 4th largest rail network and it employs 1.6 million people. The number of people travelling in Indian Railways is roughly 25 million per day which is like shifting the entire population of Australia. Woaw!
Did you know? Pizza Hut, KFC and McDonalds introduced vegetarian menu just to cater to the Indian population. That's the power of the Indian populace.
India has more people using the internet than the entire population of the U.S. Make sure to use that as a solid rebuttal next time you're in an India v/s U.S. debate. You can thank us later.
At an estimate, 25% of the total workforce of the world's population will be from India in the next year or so. GO INDIA!
India has the largest number of news channel in the world. India has 5600 newspapers, magazines in over twenty-one different languages with a combined readership of over 120 million. Now those are some impressive figures!
India's "Go Air" airline only hires female flight attendants because they are lighter, so they save up to US$500,000 per year in fuel. Bet you didn't know that!
Indian housewives hold 11% of the World's Gold. That is more than the reserves of the U.S., IMF, Switzerland and Germany put together. OH MY GOLD!
True to the cultural norm of sticking together, only about 1 in 100 marriages in India end in divorce, one of the lowest rates in the world.
Proving our undying love for cinema, India sold 3.2 billion tickets last year. This makes India a bigger movie market than America and Canada combined.
India's first rocket was brought on cycle and a satellite on bullock cart. After all, we are known for our 'jugaad' ;)
Did you know? Martial Arts were first created in India, and later spread to Asia by Buddhist missionaries.
World's largest school in terms of students is the City Montessori School in Lucknow. It has more than 45 thousand students. Now beat that.
A fact every Indian should be proud of - India never invaded any country in her last 100000 years of history. Let's try o keep that up.
The value of "pi" was first calculated by the Indian Mathematician Budhayana. He first explained the concept of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem in the 6th century, long before the European mathematicians.
Staying true to the ideals of secularism mentioned in its one-of-a-kind constitution, there are 300,000 active mosques in India, more than in any other country, including the Muslim world.
Indians are known for their big hearts. The fact that India provides refuge to more than 300,000 refugees originating from Sri Lanka, Tibet, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh; escaping religious and political persecution just goes to prove that.
Sanskrit is considered as the mother of all higher languages. A Forbes magazine report from July 1987 states that it is the most precise and therefore suitable language for computer software. This ought to make every Indian proud of this cultural language.
The healthy supplement Chyawanprash is known to be the oldest brand in the world. Originated since the Vedic period, it has been in continuous demand till date. Impressive, right?
As soon as a person achieves moksa (liberation) and becomes a Hindu sadhu, he becomes legally dead and can thereafter, ride free of cost in trains. Who knew travelling would be so much easier when you're dead?
India has her priorities straight most of the time! Anyone who has been here knows what gifts of the divine are on offer, the warmth of the people, the depth of the culture and the presence of mind that so many are able to live with. I am so incredibly grateful to have discovered this amazing country because I don't think this world would ever have made sense to me otherwise!
Funny things that happen only in india 2018 must watch (1:24)
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