Different View of India
Different View of India

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.

Mumbai Skyline

Mumbai skyline
Mumbai skyline

Driving through Mumbai’s marine drive

Driving through Mumbai’s marine drive.
Driving through Mumbai’s marine drive.

A few kilometers north, Bandra-Worli sealink that connects traditional Mumbai city with its suburbs

A few kilometers north, Bandra-Worli sealink that connects traditional Mumbai city with its suburbs
A few kilometers north, Bandra-Worli sealink that connects traditional Mumbai city with its suburbs
A few kilometers north, Bandra-Worli sealink that connects traditional Mumbai city with its suburbs
A few kilometers north, Bandra-Worli sealink that connects traditional Mumbai city with its suburbs

The new Mumbai airport & its environs

The new Mumbai airport & its environs
The new Mumbai airport & its environs

The serene Sabarmati river running through Ahmedabad

The serene Sabarmati river running through Ahmedabad
The serene Sabarmati river running through Ahmedabad

Jaipur: The land of palaces – now getting modern

Jaipur: The land of palaces - now getting modern
Jaipur: The land of palaces – now getting modern

The heart of Bengaluru: Vidhan Soudha

The heart of Bengaluru: Vidhan Soudha
The heart of Bengaluru: Vidhan Soudha

Mysore: Bangalore’s royal cousin

Mysore: Bangalore's royal cousin
Mysore: Bangalore’s royal cousin
Mysore: Bangalore's royal cousin
Mysore: Bangalore’s royal cousin

Heart of New Delhi during the parade

Heart of New Delhi during the parade
Heart of New Delhi during the parade

The sparkling clean Delhi metro

The sparkling clean Delhi metro
The sparkling clean Delhi metro

Heart of Chennai in lush greenery

Heart of Chennai in lush greenery
Heart of Chennai in lush greenery

Chennai’s iconic Marina beach

Chennai's iconic Marina beach
Chennai’s iconic Marina beach

Chennai’s southern skyline – not as good as other Indian metropolis but getting better

Chennai's southern skyline - not as good as other Indian metropolis but getting better
Chennai’s southern skyline – not as good as other Indian metropolis but getting better

Kochi’s aspirations to enter as a Tier-1 Metropolis

Kochi's aspirations to enter as a Tier-1 Metropolis
Kochi’s aspirations to enter as a Tier-1 Metropolis

Hyderabad center around the Char Minar

Hyderabad center around the Char Minar
Hyderabad center around the Char Minar

Rapidly growing skyline of Hyderabad

Rapidly growing skyline of Hyderabad:
Rapidly growing skyline of Hyderabad:
Rapidly growing skyline of Hyderabad:
Rapidly growing skyline of Hyderabad:

Kolkata – the old capital of India

Kolkata - the old capital of India
Kolkata – the old capital of India
Kolkata - the old capital of India
Kolkata – the old capital of India

Kolkata’s Vidaysagar Setu

Kolkata's Vidaysagar Setu
Kolkata’s Vidaysagar Setu

Heart of India’s former summer capital – Shimla

Heart of India's former summer capital - Shimla
Heart of India’s former summer capital – Shimla

Chandigarh: One of India’s most planned cities

Chandigarh: One of India's most planned cities
Chandigarh: One of India’s most planned cities

Gangtok: The serene northeastern city

Gangtok: The serene northeastern city
Gangtok: The serene northeastern city

Jodhpur: India’s blue city

Jodhpur: India's blue city
Jodhpur: India’s blue city

Chennai’s Anna Memorial

Chennai's Anna Memorial
Chennai’s Anna Memorial

New Delhi’s Lotus Temple to rival the Taj

New Delhi's Lotus Temple to rival the Taj
New Delhi’s Lotus Temple to rival the Taj

The Yamuna Expressway to Agra

The Yamuna Expressway to Agra.
The Yamuna Expressway to Agra.

New 8-laned expressways of Hyderabad

New 8-laned expressways of Hyderabad
New 8-laned expressways of Hyderabad

Chennai’s Kathipara junction

Chennai's Kathipara junction
Chennai’s Kathipara junction

India’s new highways

India's new highways
India’s new highways
India's new highways
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?

New York
New York

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.

Source: quora