Social media is a domain of opinions. Some are well-thought-out and others not so much. This means that almost every opinion expressed on social media is left open to a world of scrutiny. It has also led to outrage from time to time from people. Some outrage is warranted over the opinions expressed. But sometimes, it seems that the opinion is receiving flak for no good reason. Recently, Ex-Google/X MD posted his observations from the latest India trip. That ended up catching some unexpected fire.
Ex-Google/X MD Shares His Observations About India
6 observations from our annual India trip – 3 good, 3 not so good! We visit each year, usually at the same time. But India surprised us this time like never before, with changes nothing short of dramatic.
Startups galore – Pleasantly surprised that one can get…
— Parminder Singh (@parrysingh) December 12, 2023
Ex-Google and X (formerly known as Twitter) MD, Parminder Singh, recently took to the micro-blogging website and shared his opinions on his most recent India trip. He is a non-resident Indian or NRI and his most recent trip provided him with some insights regarding the development of the country. He shared a total of six major highlights.
Folks, I prefer not to indulge in debates here, but since this post is getting attention I’ll add some context. I’m sure there are many more positives and negatives I haven’t mentioned. These are just simple observations during an 18 day family holiday, not an India ‘report…
— Parminder Singh (@parrysingh) December 13, 2023
Three of them were good while the other three were not-so-good. The good part, according to him, was the number of startups currently happening in India. He even highlighted the intensity with which construction was happening in the city. The last good thing he highlighted about Indian cities was how common digital payments were now.
There’s so much anger in the world, you can Tweet “I love aloo ka paratha”, and you’ll get trolled for offending mooli ka paratha!
— Parminder Singh (@parrysingh) December 14, 2023
As for the not-so-good parts, he mentioned the lack of value of time he witnessed people have. Flights ran late, others, too, were lacking on that front. The quality of air had declined significantly (Perhaps all that construction turned out to be a double-edged sword?). The final not-so-good aspect was the content explosion that the country is witnessing.
Why Is It Getting Flak From Netizens?
Why Good not so Good:
1. Start up culture/no. of startups is no indicator of the std of living of general population – still that of a 3rd world
2. Highways do nothing for the 80 cr surviving on food ration
3. Digital payments is a function of population n unorganized businesses
— Amar Akbar Anthony (@AmarAkb68731323) December 13, 2023
While there were many who happily agreed with his insights, some disagreed and voiced their disagreement loudly and perhaps, a bit harshly. Some highlighted how his insights were limited to urban areas of the country. Hence his assertions seemed problematic to them because most of India is still living in rural areas. On similar lines, one person responded by saying 81 crore Indians were still dependent on rations.
81 crore people in India are still dependent on ration.
just putting this fact down here and moving away slowly.
— meghnad 🔗 (@Memeghnad) December 13, 2023
Guess you never met any an auto driver or a househelp.
They will introduce you with reality of India shining story. The lifestyle of approx 90% Indians have taken a new low and they are getting poorer and poorer
— Anu (@anushakunmittal) December 13, 2023
Another commenter highlighted that many poor people in the country are continuing to get poorer. Parminder Singh later made another post specifying that he did not intend to start a debate in the comments and that he was aware that his is a very privileged point of view. He also mentioned that his initial post was not all-encompassing since India could not be summed up in so few words.
Is this some kind of La La Land talk? India Buzzing in under 60 seconds?!
— Sarita Kaushal (@guftagu99) December 13, 2023
Do you agree or disagree with what was said in the post? Do you think the outrage he received was justified? What do you think are some good and bad parts about the country? Let us know in the comments section below!
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