A dear friend sent me this e-mail. Though written by a Hindu Journalist about India, I feel that, It also holds relevance to Pakistanis. It may be that Hindus and Muslims have lived in that subcontinent for so long that exchange of cultural traditions was inevitable.
Talking about Hindus offering money to their gods, we Muslims are in the same boat.
We do not offer it directly because we do not see our God but the money being donated at our religious shrines is by no means a trifling matter. I have personally seen currency notes at Data Sahib Gang Bakhsh in Lahore, being transported in jute bags ( boris) ! Why? Because the amount was so vast it was impossible to be counted at that spot!
Subject: FW: Bribery Culture of India by Prabodh Gupta
Indians are Hobbesian.(culture of self interest)
Corruption in India is a cultural aspect.
Indians seem to think nothing peculiar about corruption .
It is everywhere.
Indians tolerate corrupt individuals rather than correct them.
No race can be congenitally corrupt.
But can a race be corrupted by its culture?
To know why Indians are corrupt,
look at their patterns and practices .
Religion is transactional in India.
Indians give God cash and anticipate an out-of-turn reward.
Such a plea acknowledges that favours are needed for the undeserving.
In the world outside the temple walls,
such a transaction is named- “bribe”.
A wealthy Indian gives not cash to temples,
but gold crowns and such baubles.
His gifts can not feed the poor. His pay-off is for God.
He thinks it will be wasted if it goes to a needy man.
In June 2009, The Hindu published a report of Karnataka minister
G. Janardhan Reddy gifting a crown of gold and diamonds worth
Rs 45 crore to Tirupati.
India’s temples collect so much that
they don’t know what to do with it.
Billions are gathering dust in temple vaults.
When Europeans came to India they built schools.
When Indians go to Europe & USA, they build temples.
Indians believe that if God accepts money for his favours,
then nothing is wrong in doing the same thing.
This is why Indians are so easily corruptible.
Indian culture accommodates such transactions morally.
There is no real stigma. An utterly corrupt JayaLalita can
make a comeback, just unthinkable in the West.
Indian moral ambiguity towards corruption is visible in its history.
Indian history tells of the capture of cities and kingdoms after guards
were paid off to open the gates, and commanders paid off to surrender.
This is unique to India.
Indians’ corrupt nature has meant limited warfare on the subcontinent.
It is striking how little Indians have actually fought compared to
ancient Greece and modern Europe.
The Turks’ battles with Nadir Shah were vicious and fought to the finish.
In India fighting wasn’t needed, bribing was enough to see off armies.
Any invader willing to spend cash could brush aside India’s kings,
no matter how many tens of thousands soldiers were in their infantry.
Little resistance was given by the Indians at the “Battle” of Plassey.
Clive paid off Mir Jaffar and all of Bengal folded to an army of 3,000.
There was always a financial exchange to taking Indian forts.
Golconda was captured in 1687 after the secret back door was left open.
Mughals vanquished Marathas and Rajputs with nothing but bribes.
The Raja of Srinagar gave up Dara Shikoh’s son Suleiman to
Aurangzeb after receiving a bribe.
There are many cases where Indians participated
on a large scale in treason due to bribery.
Question is: Why Indians have a transactional culture while
other ‘civilized’ nations don’t?
Indians do not believe in the theory that they all can rise
if each of them behaves morally, because that is not
the message of their faith.
Their caste system separates them.
They don’t believe that all men are equal.
This resulted in their division and migration to other religions .
Many Hindus started their own faith like Sikh, Jain, Buddha
and many converted to Christianity and Islam.
The result is that Indians don’t trust one another .
There are no Indians in India ,there are
Hindus ,Christians, Muslims and what not.
Indians forget that 400 years ago they all belonged to one faith.
This division evolved an unhealthy culture.
The inequality has resulted in a corrupt society,
In India everyone is thus against everyone else,
except God and even he must be bribed.