I am not quite a jingoist but like any patriot anywhere, I love my country with all its frustrating negatives too. I have also been under the impression that it is getting to be unfashionable to wear one’s pride in one’s nation on one’s sleeve, and was very pleasantly surprised with the findings of the Economist. India secures a fairly respectable position near the top contrary to my own expectations.
In July we had the Americans celebrating their indedpendence day with many bloggers doing so via their blog and just two weeks ago, India did its with attendant blog world spins. Even then, I was just mildly euphoric but what that could not achieve, this article did.
As many of my readers know, I am a strong believer in serendipity and one more instance to share with you. One of the blogs that I visit regularly and learn a lot from us Jim Belshaw’s Personal Reflections. On reading his post on his feeling depressed, I had left a link for this Economist article and he has posted a blog on it!
My two argumentative Indian friends, one an ardent Singaporean and the other a resident Indian will find solace that they are not all that different from each other when it comes to their respective positions in the list. Recently, both have been at their argumentative best about each other’s countries and this should help cool things down a bit.
Conrad and other American readers may wish to talk about their take on the relatively poor showing by the USA on the list.