Returning from a month’s trip to India, it’s clear to see that rubbish disposal is a huge problem. Talking to the locals, the main consensus is due to corruption of government, therefore lack of bins, cleaners and care for the land. I will not disagree that this is a huge point, but all the same I would like to approach it from a different perspective.
I perceive that the Indians have no notion of ‘personal space.’ It could be due to overcrowding/lack of physical space, therefore their perceptions come from their environment. However, I believe it’s due more to the caste system. The olden culture of the castes in India relies on personal relations in order to establish a way of social hierarchy, relying on direct relations as it’s economic value. There is no space between both parties to agree/disagree on the transaction, economic deals go directly through the social caste. This culture still remains partially.
Therefore with no personal space, all the space around them is perceived as public, as the other’s space. You can litter on the streets of the other.
Also, a slightly silly point: that Indians have no formal way of expressing thanks. Their answers are usually ambiguous: ‘Fine’ or the headshake which means nothing out of their context. This inconclusiveness perhaps shows a kind of victimization, of resignation/ acceptance to fate.
The lack of personal freedom/space allows them claim to everyone else’s space.
I’d sincerely appreciate it if you tell me how wrong I am.
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