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#16 Dec 11th, 2014, 02:58
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Originally Posted by Fing Fang View Post .... you can't stereotype groups of people as all being like that.
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Originally Posted by redbutton View Post .... There's no way I could attribute 'rudeness' to an entire group of people from my experiences in the country.

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Oh come on, I thought political correctness had gone mad only in the country where I live now, apparently it's true for many IMers too!

What the OP says is absolutely true - a large enough proportion of the general public in India especially in big cities (not just North India though?) are unnecessarily and obliviously rude - on the road, on buses, in queues, the list goes on.

As someone said, it's probably got to do with the frenetic pace of life, and the insecurity that some of the other 1.2 billion (not just 1 billion Vishva, we successfully roared past that milestone a while back) will go one-up on me if I don't push the guy in front of me/knock past him/glare at him. Let's not excuse it though. Bad behaviour is bad behaviour. The fact that you or I saw a group of white people at Schiphol Airport act badly once, does not excuse how Indians behave in their big cities one bit.
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Originally Posted by greenears View Post The fact that you or I saw a group of white people at Schiphol Airport behave rudely once, does not excuse how Indian behave in big cities one bit.

So glad I live in the boring Midwest where I've never seen people knocking people over to get on a bus, subway, or train. yeah, Chicago, go figure. Tho I did see two cabbies get into an accident and pull knives on each other.
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Whenever I say, "It used not to be like this," my Indian friends shake their heads and assure me that, yes, it was always like that.

So I expect this is another topic where we could have that same conversation. But it seems to me that there used to be a gentleness on the streets of this city, that is largely gone now. Things changed? Or the rose tint wore off my specs? Probably... a bit of both.

A big eye opener is driving here. Saying stuff like please, excuse me, thank you, is just a cultural norm, and its absence does not imply rudeness where it is not the norm --- but what people do, that is a different matter, and, never mind the queues in the shops and the airports, on the roads is where you really feel it.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post But it seems to me that there used to be a gentleness on the streets of this city, that is largely gone now. Things changed? Or the rose tint wore off my specs? Probably... a bit of both.
things always change and in my trips since 2005, yes, Chennai has changed. I've noticed it and I don't live there.

IMO, self-entitlement has increased exponentially wherever you are. and the failure to take responsibility for one's actions. and I DO notice the latter more in India than where I live. since greenears brought up political correctness, if that's not politically correct to say, then boo-hoo.

in fact, today I read an article about the Uber taxi rape where the Indian writer wrote (among other things) about the failure to engage in taking responsibility as a cultural thing in India. I'd link it, but don't want to piss off the more sensitive types.
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You have linked it elsewhere, I think. And failure to take responsibility for one's actions is why the world is where it is.

I daresay that the general boorishness in public places in North India is more aggressive and in your face. Otherwise, insensitivity to others and the lack of an ethical or moral compass is a pan-India (and beyond) phenomenon.

Perhaps the difference, in my case, is that I don't expect better.
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I also find North Indian rudeness appalling. I stopped my old-town wanderings in Jodhpur because of the local driving style and left town early (one example of many). I also find the dirtiness and male mass-urinating appalling.

The North-Indian ego-shooters on the streets reminded me well of their Aryan brothers in Iran.

I think it is slightly better in South India, esp Kerala. I said slightly.
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Everyone in their own domain are arrogant and cocky. South Boston anyone !
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Out of interest, where does the North stop and the South start?

I know that the polar bears in Antarctica are extremely polite. (But that is perhaps because there are none there).
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True, so true.
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I was rushing to take a train in Melbourne CBD and the tip of my shoe touched the tip of a 50+ white lady's shoe. She said something unpleasant and then went further on to say 'Will you clean my shoe!?'. I am not the one to take such comments lite but the train was about to leave and I managed to give her the scariest possible stare before I jumped on the train.

But I tend to agree, the element of rudeness is higher in Northern India, Delhi in particular. I found the same in Kolkata. I guess its the relentless, frantic pace of life in heat and humidity that makes people ruder.

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Originally Posted by ViShVa View Post Out of interest, where does the North stop and the South start?
You forgot Central India in between.

All that is above Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand is North India.

South starts at the borders where Maharashtra, Chattisgarh and Odisha touch the regions of Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra.
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Originally Posted by ViShVa View Post Out of interest, where does the North stop and the South start?
Umm, the Mason-Dixon Line?
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Things might start to look up soon. PM Mr. Modi's leading from the front in the, e.g., Clean India mission has really affected a lot of Indians. Public service messages have started appearing on street corners educating people not to spit, how to drive, and other basics. TV ads, especially on the government channel, do the same.

We are starting on a path that China took in 2007 (before the Olympics), using public service messages to change social behaviour. I have personally noticed over the last seven years that the approach really works. Ordinary people do catch themselves analysing their behaviour with reference to TV ads and billboards, and then proceed to do the right thing.

I only hope we have the tenacity and wit to see this through with humour and creativity so we don't bore the citizens and tune them out.
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Not sure where China stands rite now but I remember reading somewhere that the rudest people on earth were the french followed by americans followed by chinese.

And Forbes list rates France, Russia, UK, Germany in the top five followed by US and china.

India is number 12.

The British apparently voted themselves as “world’s worst tourists”!
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