In the western media, we often see only one type of Indian image. Crowded, dirty and polluted. The pictures would be often taken from random sewage canals and slums. The problem is that those underbellies exist in every part of the world. Shanghai can be like this or like this:
This is not to deny that Shanghai and other great world cities have nicer infrastructure than the Indian metropolises. It is just that we are seeing things in binary instead of shades of gray. Indian cities sure have more than their share of dirtiness. Those are the reality and so are the ones below. The problem is that if only one type of pictures are shown it totally distorts the reality. Here is the other side.
Driving through Mumbai’s marine drive
A few kilometers north, Bandra-Worli sealink that connects traditional Mumbai city with its suburbs
The new Mumbai airport & its environs
The serene Sabarmati river running through Ahmedabad
Jaipur: The land of palaces – now getting modern
The heart of Bengaluru: Vidhan Soudha
Mysore: Bangalore’s royal cousin
Heart of New Delhi during the parade
The sparkling clean Delhi metro
Heart of Chennai in lush greenery
Chennai’s iconic Marina beach
Chennai’s southern skyline – not as good as other Indian metropolis but getting better
Kochi’s aspirations to enter as a Tier-1 Metropolis
Hyderabad center around the Char Minar
Rapidly growing skyline of Hyderabad
Kolkata – the old capital of India
Kolkata’s Vidaysagar Setu
Heart of India’s former summer capital – Shimla
Chandigarh: One of India’s most planned cities
Gangtok: The serene northeastern city
Jodhpur: India’s blue city
Chennai’s Anna Memorial
New Delhi’s Lotus Temple to rival the Taj
The Yamuna Expressway to Agra
New 8-laned expressways of Hyderabad
Chennai’s Kathipara junction
India’s new highways
India is moving. Not one or two cities, but the whole nation.
By not looking at the pictures above we get the distorted view that India is not progressing. If a media house shows a picture of New York, which of the following would they normally use?
Both of them exist in the same city, but we use only one of those pictures as representative. Same for most cities in the world. However, when it comes to the Indian cities, we take only the negative images as default art to portray and that is a travesty to people who are working to build the country. Let’s be fair in representing cities of the world as that impacts investments and poverty alleviation. Romantic skylines for one city and a dirty sewer for the other city is not fair.
We need to be real. But, that doesn’t mean dwelling in pessimism.