Modi is trying his level best to change the negative stereo types of India which were reinforced by Congress rulers.

Modi is trying his level best to break the negative stereotypes about India, which were reinforced by Congress rulers.

In this twenty-first century, our success depends on how we promote or market ourselves.  The world, while judging us, takes the popular perceptions or even stereotypes into consideration, more than the prevailing reality. India is one country, which did not pay much attention to promoting itself in such a way to enable the world to perceive it in a positive light. Maybe that is the reason behind the western world looking down upon us as a country of destitutes and snake charmers.

The British colonial rulers, who felt that their religion, culture and race were superior to that of India’s, invented and propagated negative stereotypes about India. We can’t blame them as they were in India to exploit us economically and establish their hegemony over us. But what stopped our leaders from trying to change those perceptions and stereotypes, which stigmatized India and Indians all over the world for many decades? The moot question is did they ever try to do it or they were not even positively inclined to do that?

Nehru utilized every opportunity to reinforce the negative stereotypes about India.

Nehru utilized every opportunity to reinforce the negative stereotypes about India. He arranged a snake charmer’s show (as if there is nothing else to showcase from Indian culture) to the then US fist lady Jacqueline Kennedy

The fact of the matter is the leaders who ruled our country not only hated our culture, religion, and art but also did their best to reinforce the negative stereotypes through their policies, actions and talk. The most unfortunate thing that happened to the independent India was the anointment of Nehru as its first Prime Minister. He hated everything associated with the idea of India- its culture, religion and lifestyle. Many so-called intellectuals describe Nehru as a man who laid the foundation of the modern India. However, the kind of collateral damage he inflicted on India through his actions far outweigh any little good he might have done for the country.  He caused irreparable damage to India in his pursuit of personal glory and fake idealism. His actions made our country endure the disastrous and bitter legacy of Kashmir, Aksai Chin and the stigma associated with being a country of snake charmers. He not only strongly denounced the Indian culture and lifestyle but also did every bit to reinforce the negative stereotypes about India.

Nehru's intense hatred towards Hinduism and its culture is well-known.

Nehru’s intense hatred towards Hinduism and its culture is well-known. By education he was an Englishman, by views an internationalist, by culture a Muslim and he was Hindu only by accident of birth. Then why did he oppose British colonial rule in India? Just to get personal glory and gain entitlement for his family to rule over the country?

Nehru, as everybody is aware, is the founder of the dynasty which ruled India for more than five decades. So the thoughts and actions of the founder continue to cast their shadow in the administration and the policy making in India. The poor illiterate masses, who were finding it difficult to shed their slavish mentality in the newly independent India, were entrapped by the dynasty and with their support could rule the country unchallenged. During the dynasty rule, most of the institutions were transformed into anti-Hindu, and Hinduism and its lifestyle were stigmatized, deranged and made fun of.

Japanese Prime Minister Shri. Shinzo Abe pays his obeisance to river Ganga along with his Indian counterpart Shri. Narendra Modi, at the fabled Dasaswamedh Ghat in Benaras.

Japanese Prime Minister Shri. Shinzo Abe pays his obeisance to river Ganga along with his Indian counterpart Shri. Narendra Modi, at the fabled Dashashwamedh Ghat in Benaras. Perhaps this is the first time in the history of India that an Indian Prime Minister has given a first-hand experience of Indian culture and traditions to a visiting foreign dignitary.

But after the dynasty rule has ended and the ‘chaiwala’ came to power, all the right-thinking people, who love their country, started deriving solace from the fact that he started making a serious attempt to change the negative perceptions and stereotypes about India. He is repeatedly saying both in India and in the international arena that India is no longer a country of snake charmers, but a nation that has transformed itself into a country of mouse charmers. He is also trying to highlight India as a country of strong and vibrant culture, which has the capability to extend spiritual guidance to the world which is increasingly turning violent and chaotic.

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