One can take an Indian out of India but not India out of an Indian. If Ithese were good Indian traits we are talking about, it is a matter to be proud of. However, our NRI brethren are making us laughing stock of the world for all the wrong reasons. Take for example the South African business tycoon Gupta family. First, they wanted to create a wedding of the century for their niece.
If wedding is the marriage of two souls and union of two families, why does it have to acquire such gigantic show business involving important people, splurging of money and one-up-manship? Gupta family chartered a plane to fly in guest to Pretoria from India. Guptas use their clout with South African president Jacob Zuma, a typical Indian trait of staying close to power and dropping names, to land in South African airforce runway with marriage party.
It is believed some diplomat from Indian consulate has also played role in the process. Not only the issue has become a diplomatic issue between two countires, it also appears that actual permission to land in the air force base was not there. Sometimes I wonder if Indian tax payers are paying our diplomats to do lobbying for wealthy South African NRIs, to land their aircraft on South African air force base!
As if this did not raise enough noise, the guests refused to be served by ethnic attendants, I read black, at the Suncity resort they were staying for the ceremony. Another Indian trait of untouchability.It is said that one member of the family has claimed South Africa should be grateful for the investment they are bringing into country.
Another typical Indian belief where we can buy everything if money is right. I feel so proud of my Indian brethren. You guys have made it big, keep spreading Indian ways.
In this controversies galore, the most important event that is the marriage of two young people is getting overshadowed. I pray for their happy marriage. I hope this couple will learn from this experience and not repeat it when their turn comes to marry their children off.