Getting my feet on the ground in India was incredibly an eye-opening experience. I get to discover the issues and the opportunity to see it myself. Here are some of the significant problem in India that some of you might not aware of.
India is a third world country, around 220 million people are living under the poverty line. The poor live for Rs20 per day, (<$1)
2.Touts & Scams
Almost everywhere you go around India, you will encounter possible touts & scams by the locals. This happened to me, but I did not once fall for it. The local might nicely approach you but they most probably “sell” you something which in return they will get the rich out of you. I feel it’s still okay to interact with them, other than that, use common sense.
They believe men are the primary authority figures, occupying roles of political leadership, moral authority, control of the property, and power over women and children. Men are given the exclusive rights to inherit the family name and features, and they are viewed as new status for their family. In India, they practice dowry* (is the payment in cash or some kind of gifts given to bridegroom’s family along with the bride) The dowry system in India contributes to gender inequalities by influencing the perception that girls are a burden on families. There are also cases women are often paid less, especially in areas like farming and construction. They are perceived to be disadvantaged at work. The preference for sons, as they are deemed more useful than girls.
- Air Pollution
India has one of the top rankings with the most polluted air and the highest levels of premature death due to this. Unfortunately, the government effort to improve air quality standards fails due to lack of local enforcement. This problem occurs at the household level as well, with half a million people dying from indoor air pollution.
This issue has been measured at more than double the maximum safe level recommended by the World Health Organization.
- Climate Change
Changing climate pattern has been creating dangerous extreme weather in India. Increased monsoon rainfall will cause ever-worse flooding and destruction while experiencing reduced rainfall will cause drought and riots over access to water supplies.
Heavily relying on wood, the forest has been cleared for logging, farming or damaged by urban expansion, mining, industrialisation and river dam.
Sadly, due to human ignorance and greed, they were not aware of the harmful effects of cutting down the trees. Greedy people continued to clear forests for their own selfish interest. (Well, this is the current world we are living in)
- Water Resource
The most prominent threat in India, limited access to clean drinking water and proper sanitisation. With the increasing population in India, the water usage will increase, but the government couldn’t afford to cater to everyone as most of the water is polluted. Making things worst, some part of India might experience drought during a period of time.
The traffic in India can be insane, with cars, lorries, trucks, camels, cows on the same road. They don’t practice the signal light, all they do it smashing the horn whichever direction they wanted to turn, switching lanes or whatever. Imagine how noisy it gets in the busy traffic. Locals usually do not drive in an organised manner, they created their own path to get to their destination, meaning; they will squeeze their vehicles wherever possible without any consideration. THAT IS INDIA FOR YOU!
Definitely, they have more issues than just these, but I find those issues are the major ones. Do not be discouraged to explore. India is still a beautiful country with plenty of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Rich in culture and history. India is a place if you won’t be if you are keen to experience something different than your usual type of vacation. Expect the unexpected – India loves to toss up surprises!