Why Do Indians React Extremely?

What makes Indians react extremely to anything without evaluating all the facts? Why Indians avoid getting to the roots, and thinking before forming an opinion?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was ranked second on a list of 30 top-performing world leaders, preceded by Chinese President Xi Jinping According to the opinion poll conducted recently by the GMO Research, a Tokyo-based global market research firm. The news went so viral that it was almost impossible to miss it, tons of messages to modi congratulating him and celebrating him as a hero were shared, I too felt proud to be a citizen of a nation whose leader topped so many leaders around the world and stood second. But this also made me eager to know more how did this happen? And I came across another piece of information via “Reflections on a Survey of Global Perceptions of International Leaders and World Powers” this article attempts to provide explanation over the results, a few of which I have included here.

It says that “In countries where discussion of leaders is more constrained, the national leaders rate very highly. “. Considering this it was no surprise when president obama was at the relatively lower ranking, though Indians seem to be very eager in displaying their strong political feelings over social media unfortunately the survey couldn’t capture that. The article further explains “We can observe the same phenomenon with respect to the confidence citizens have in how their own leaders are handling domestic and international affairs. President Xi tops the list …I have discounted Modi as he was just elected. Leaders do not fare so well in countries where the press and public are more critical of their leaders and policy…” Well that explains a lot, true results of modi’s efforts will take some time to come out, so it is not right to praise him only based on his initiatives, we shall wait for the real changes to emerge.

It is not new that people usually do selective revelations to make things look all positive or all negative; this is the marketing policy 101. It is understandable that certain people who do such marketing often have huge gains to pull, but nowadays you can find such selective advertising everywhere, to just spice up the news. It seems anything that is being advertised loudly becomes the opinion of majority sooner and propagated vastly. At one point of time it makes me feel that some people are simply exploiting (in the worst manner) their precious right to free speech in India.

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Another case of Indians reacting extremely to a situation was of Retired defence officers threatening to return their JNU degrees in Dehradun. Majority of ex-servicemen said that the incident involving JNU president’s case is unfortunate but agreed that returning degrees is a bit of an over-reaction. People went extremely agitated and criticised JNU for fostering anti-national ideas and allowing students to express such views. I could see so many amplified versions of people damning the university and not just the students, calling them thankless, anti national and what not. But when court did not find any proof that could substantiate that such anti national slogans were raised as claimed by the police department, people who were being so critical lost face and went in to hiding.

Indian’s overreaction over the arrest of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade on the charges of fudging her domestic help’s visa forms and underpaying her attracted a lot of criticism from US and other nations. Between all this in a haste to react extremely to the matter everybody ignored the fact that some serious charges of inhuman treatment to her Indian domestic help were imposed on the diplomat.

Angry Sachin Tendulkar fans took to twitter when British Airways asked the cricket icon’s full name after his family members were denied seats and their baggage was wrongly tagged by the airlines to another destination.

Indians started spamming Maria Sharapova’s Facebook page with profanity and all sorts of rubbish on over Maria Sharapova’s comment about Sachin Tendulkar?

Prime time debate shows on news channels are run by moderators who rather than conducting debate and taking everyone’s opinion, start behaving as a participant and propagate their own thought process and quite conveniently so by just putting everyone else’s voice on mute, such debates end up fetching them highest TRPs in this country just because by straight away passing a judgement without any debate on the actual issue viewers don’t have to exercise their own conscience and simply pick that pre-cooked thought process.

Let us try to find out why such instances took place in India, why Indians become easy preys to false information and propagandas.

Education: May be because we don’t know anything better than what we have. We don’t have enough knowledge to analyse the long term effects of our actions. India’s literacy rate stands at 73% today and yet such behaviour indicates symptoms of an ignorant mass ready to get in to a verbal spat without any background information. The problem is not just about availability of seats at the primary, secondary and higher education level the issue really is the quality of education imparted by these institutes. Quality in education (in schools or other forms of organized learning) facilitating the acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes that have intrinsic value and also help in addressing important human goals is missing.

Personal Frustration: Psychologist claim that people who are frustrated with their lives often end up overreacting to trivial things, just to take out their frustrations and anger. People in India face a lot of struggle in their daily lives, be it corruption, inadequate facilities, growing prices, family pressure etc… Evidently they are usually more frustrated, and in anger they lose their cool and ability to analyse things rationally. To add to this the misinterpretation that their agitation (usually misdirected) will solve their everyday local problems provides them justification.

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Indian History: Our history of being ruled upon for over 100 years we lack the ability to take our own decisions, and usually rely on popular opinions or follow those who seem to be more intelligent. For years Indians have been made to feel inadequate and unintelligent by their rulers, they deemed to be unfit to rule themselves; this continues squashing of Indian self confidence has resulted in Indians themselves believing in it.

Poverty: World bank study estimated poverty in India in 2011-12 as low as 12.4 (“modified mixed reference period” MMRP), while the Rangarajan committee estimates poverty as 29.5 per cent…The lower Poverty Line is the reason for the lower poverty ratio estimated by the WB. The poor Indian tries to find additional incentives in being blind followers to a powerful party as long as it talks about solving the poverty problem or shows empathy. Unfortunately throughout history it has been the elite classes that have formed the major thought groups, philosophers and scholars etc. Who get to ponder on big issues of human life (especially of others) etc. Poor usually couldn’t think beyond finding new ways to earn enough to feed their families. Poor only took part in a movement that could lead to improve their earnings and savings, and in turn ensure a better life. Poor classes hence remained mostly followers, leaving the analytical and decision making to the elite who had ample time to spare on such processes.

Religion: Very often, irrational thinking is culture-specific. The fear of god often resulted in people doing things that had no reason or logic, often promoted by and resulting in huge profits to a specific group. For example it has been estimated that 70% of the animals sacrificed in the Gadhimai festival come from India. Let us now see how these observations can be applied to Hindu fundamentalists who are attacking women in the restaurants, Christians in the churches and Muslims women in schools. These people are acting on their irrational belief that Hindu religion is under attack and so they need to protect it. This irrational fear is rooted in the history of India. Over the past two thousand five hundred years, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity continually threatened Brahmanism, the decadent Dharma that pervades every atom of present day Hinduism.

Lower IQs: “IQ and the Wealth of Nations” a 2002 book by Richard Lynn, Professor of Psychology, and Tatu Vanhanen, Professor of Political Science, estimated the Indian IQ to be around 81 which is lower than china at 100. Could this be the reason for Indians to not use their own capacity of thought and reason, because they are not intelligent enough?

Laziness and Social Media: Because folks are too lazy to do proper research and too eager to become popular amongst folks. This is the most dangerous of all people as this group seems intelligent but actually isn’t. As I have already mentioned in my article on social media, how unprocessed and vague thoughts can haunt society. Very few Indians realize their responsibility in keeping the authenticity of information in check before making it viral. Social media provides easy means of exhibiting one’s opinion to a larger audience, which often results in to a medium for taking out frustrations. And then a normal expressions takes form of a political debate when people start watching, all of a sudden it becomes a point of prestige. Young Indians have started using social media as means to share anything and everything that is controversial (often skipping checking authentication of the source) to attract appreciation from their groups, although their targets are local they tend to underestimate the power of internet and social media. Many times these Medias are used to gather the survey data to be used in studies, thus leaving an everlasting impact on the society.

Wannabe Intellectuals: Yes, it’s cool to be known as an intellectual but is there a shortcut to it except for being aware and educates oneself with what’s happening around. With the outburst of social media in the last one decade, it has become easier for everyone to be seen and get some attention. No matter how weird or absurd the idea is, as long as you have it and have the confidence to put it across, you will always be called intellectual. Mediocrity has become so common in this country and there is this huge chunk of population which is unaware and does not even want to be aware. They are just looking for anything new out in the open to pick and spread as if it is the product of their own brain. It’s like being proud of being part of that whattsapp group in which you are the only one who bring in fresh jokes no matter from where you pick them

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Whatever may be the reason for Indians to overreact on almost everything, it is definitely not in our favour, as it is creating a very negative impact on our genuine purposes. Every person is entitled to their own thoughts but when people start imposing their thoughts or beliefs on others it becomes a serious problem. The problem with Indian youths is that they are fed with conclusions thus making them incapable of reasoning. The thought process and their propagation are becoming biased by injecting specific beliefs and ideas, usually in favour of one group religious or political.

It paints India’s image as an intolerant nation, yes the definition does spans out of religious beliefs. Our inability to focus on the bigger picture often leaves us distraught and inadequately provided.

We spend more time overreacting to petty things rather than pondering over bigger issues that concern over the well being of our fellow citizen and ourselves. Our outrage is often misplaced and this makes us look like a bunch of fools, it is time to change this perception for good now. We cannot afford loose our credibility to the hands of silly temptations.

India’s rejection to Facebook’s tempting ‘free basics’ gives me hope, Probably the real rational thinkers of our nation choose to remain silent on trivial issues and let the others do the dirty talking. Wouldn’t it be nice if the same people who supported the movement against free basics in their right minds could also step up and stop the mindless publicity of insane ideas?

References:

A Rational Approach to Understanding the Irrational Behavior of Indians

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gadhimai_festival

http://khosachonline.ucoz.com/_ld/1/130_national-iqs-ca.pdf

A Few Thoughts on IQ and the Wealth of Nations

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/editorial/outrage-and-overreaction/article5474979.ece

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/saluting-national-flag-goes-against-protocol-vice-president-hamid-ansari/#sthash.cAqBzczj.dpuf

http://archive.indianexpress.com/news/srk-stopped-in-us-again-india-slams-habit/936453/0

http://mashable.com/2016/02/09/why-facebook-free-basics-failed-india/#QbDkvW.Ouuq0

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/dehradun/Returning-JNU-degrees-over-reaction-says-Doon-ex-servicemen-fraternity/articleshow/51000440.cms

http://www.gmo-research.jp/en

http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/how-deep-is-indias-poverty/

Originally posted 2016-04-25 10:27:51. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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