Note from Francois Gautier after trying to convince the French
came back to Delhi from France, having tried to convince French
decision makers that India is the liberal, democratic, pro-western
natural investment alternative to China.
on the first day here, cell phone lines are so saturated that they
disconnect, roads are more and more jammed and no progress in
infrastructures. Train bookings done three months in advance are still
wait-listed, Air fares have increased further and are now out of reach
of even upper middle class. A visit to the Jorbagh Post office showed
nothing had changed, the same unhelpful sour-face clerk asked for a
photocopy of my passport and told us to go the market to do it! Another
visit to the bank (a foreign that at one: Standard Chartered), again
proved how little the customer is trusted in India and how the Govt has
done little to relax its draconian rules - it's as if the first
assumption is that he or she is here to cheat the bank, whereas banking
is just legalized robbery.
In the Imperial hotel where I had a
meet, the rich parasites of Delhi gorge on snacks and cakes, served by
arrogant waiters, while the poor and talented of this country go
sometimes hungry. The political scene seems too depressingly
familiar, with the Congress, which would suffer an humiliating defeat if
there was an election now, showing that it is good at one thing:
staying in power at all costs.
Yet, one can only hope that the
India of tomorrow envisioned by swami Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo,
upon which living gurus such as Sri sri Ravi Shankar are working, will
one day materialize.
On agreeing to fact that operations and architecture of American, European and Asian media houses are different, let’s start with Indian media. In your perspective, why Indian media is so biased in projecting Hindus, Hinduism in correct perspective? So the British used to make fun of Hindu tradition, Cows, Brahmins and Temple worship, in fact when India became independent, Jawaharlal Nehru himself was not the lover of Hindus and he believed that temples of Hindus are things of past. Because of Nehru’s policies and cultural outlook, Indian media started taking up the British views on Hindus and as a result today we see that not only the Hindus are being taken seriously, but are made fun of and disregarded, that’s what British policy was for Hindus. These days we are seeing that most of the Indian media houses are being directly operated by political families who have non-Hindu ideological inclination, which leads to hiring of editors, publishers etc. with a similar ideology background, i…
Nowadays, Narendra Modi’s mantra to entrepreneurs, or for that matter for the whole of India, is simple: Innovate… This is easier said than done.
India used to be a country of innovation, which gave to the world the zero concept, chess, Vedic mathematics, astronomy, philosophy… In fact, French astronomers up to the 18th century, used to say that ancient Indians knew before everybody how to calculate the distance between the earth and the moon. More than that, the influence of Vedantic philosophy on Greek thought and mythology, or of Vedic maths on the making of the Egypt pyramids, has been remarked upon by many Indologists, France’s Alain Danielou being one of them. Even after the savage onslaught of Arab invasions, from the 10th century onwards, Chinese and Portuguese writers still marvelled in the 16th century at India being a land of ‘gold and honey’, where the ‘iron never rusted’, as symbolized by the Vishnu pillar, which is today in Delhi’s Qutub Minar.
It is probably the Britis…
Source Deccan chronicle
August 14, 2011
By François Gautier
I met Namrita by sheer chance. And I believe, a beautiful turn of fate. I was living in Paris and was on my way to Nepal for a story. I stopped in Delhi and had to deliver a letter from a friend to a certain address. I reached the house and rang the bell — and Namrita opened the door. The short meeting led to the exchange of a couple of letters and a few meetings.
We eventually settled down 21 years ago. It had to happen as we were both on the same wavelength. She came from a Westernised upper-class family in Delhi, understood my background, had travelled abroad and there wasn’t any clash of culture — something generally seen in couples like us.
But this wasn’t the only attribute to her personality.
Namrita had the same values of love, care and warmth that make any Indian, Indian. I believe these values have only helped us travel these many years together with ease. The companionship has seen both of us maturing in our …