原文标题：Letters From My Chinese Readers
I keep getting letters from many Chinese especially after some of my blogs have been translated and posted by some websites. It’s very heartening to know that my blogs are reaching places. Most of the people compliment the praise I bestow to them and their country in my blogs. I have never found a comment from them criticizing India and Indians while extolling their country. I have never even found them speaking against their government. While we can argue that they might be avoiding criticizing their government fearing repercussions but there’s nothing that can stop them from expressing hate for the Indians if they want to but I would have seen it in their eyes and felt in their words while interacting with them, if it were there. They meet us very warmly wherever we go. They are pleasant and courteous, polite and helpful.
Let me bring to you some of the comments that I have received from them. Some of them have asked questions to which I have no answers. So through this article I bring these questions to all of you and I will invite them to read the comments.
Letters From My Chinese Readers
I’m Chinese. Sorry to say most Chinese do not see Indian as competition. But who see Chinese as competition 20 years ago? So in the future, if you ask me who can compete with China, I’ll say Usa and India. Remember, people are power. With a large population, I believe India can make big achievements. But the most important for India and China is to improve quality of their people.
Why we hate you? Because of the war in 1962? We fight Americans twice in the last 60 years and fight Soviet Union once. Do we hate them? lol. We only hate Japanese because they killed millions of Chinese in the 2nd World War and they even don’t confess it now.
Buddhism came from India, and some gods in Chinese temples are Indian. lol
Welcome to China when you have time.
As a Chinese, I’m glad you are passing information about China to Indian people. We all know much about USA, but we know little about each other, although we are neighbours. Many Chinese people complain the corruption of Chinese government. But as I have seen many Indian articles, it seems corruption problem is harder in India. I can tell you some ways to solve this problem in China, maybe India can learn some from it.
1. Almost all the Chinese leaders will take bribe more or less, but compared to the development, these bribe are nothing. There are many ways to learn the leader`s property, for example, internet. Many leaders are arrested because their property information are put on the internet by someone. So those stupid leaders who showed rich to public can only end their life in jail. Two months ago, a leader in Shanxi Province are arrested because people found he had 12 luxurious watches through search his public photo on internet.
2. The way to promote to a high position for a leader is not ballot but their contributions. So the point is although they take bribe, they are still take effort and contribute to the development of cities. I guess if Chinese leaders are elected by people, they will also say much but do little.
3. China take the policy that make some people to be rich first, so you can see the eastern China develop very fast. The government will then be rich to invest to western China to help people there be rich.
4. Now if central government want to give money to poor people, they will put money to the bank accounts of poor people directly, which can avoid local embezzlement the money.
1、 几乎所有中国领导人或多或少会受贿，但与发展比起来，这些不算什么！有许多方法可以了解领导人的财产，比如网上。许多领导人因其财产信息被某人公布于网上 而遭逮捕。所以，那些向公众炫富的愚蠢领导人的下场是蹲大牢。两个月前，陕西省的“微笑表哥”被捕，起因是人们在网上搜索其照片后发现他有12块名表。
India and China are both big countries with large population. I see many India say China is not democratic. But as a Chinese, I think that is not true.
1. We could not elect our leaders, but many leaders’ families were poor when they were young. If study hard, work hard and lucky enough, even a son of peasant can be the president of China. Actually, we don’t care who can be the leaders, as long as they can make us rich and contribute to the development. If the government give us the right to elect, do we really knows which candidate is better? We do not need a leader who says too much before election but then do nothing.
2. We could not demonstrate without the permission of policy. But we can express our ideas through internet. Actually, internet is an efficient to supervise government now.
3. I could not think out other “undemocratic” things except 1 and 2.
I think India should find a way with India characteristics to make India better. We can imitate the development progress of western countries, but don’t copy them, cuz each country has different culture. That’s the lessons what China has learnt after it tried to imitate UK, USA and Soviet.
We are neighbours, hope we can work together to catch up western countries and make our people live better. lol
I want to have a travel to India when I am free. I find I know little about India.
Adam (my English name)
You are very careful, your article is very interesting。
I accidentally saw your article。。。my english is weekly..
I come from xinxiang henan province hongmenzhenlaoda
I am a chinese too.Thank you for you praise of my homeland.
I believe that every country is great,both Cina and India.
I love my homeland,and you love yours too.But nothing is perfect,we can love our homeland and believe it will be better.
Blessings the both ！hjylisa
i’m chinese,china has advaced a lot since 1978,our life has improved much .yet most chinese still feel pressure from our daily life,most chinese must work hard to earn their food ,house and education fee for their kids. zhouzzz
Navneet….excellent travel writing. What is striking is how clean China is when compared to India. Why are Indians so unclean in their public spaces? I am not looking for pat answers but some detailed psychological analysis. slowswing
such sight is everywhere in China ,I will post a lot if you like. zhouzzz
Searching for comments has been such a frustrating experience that after struggling for three days, I have decided to give up looking for more comments…
Then I decided to try Suresh Jee’s taught method of posting pictures- After posting about ten pictures everything vanished from the blog….Can there be anything more frustrating.
Let me try to post a few pictures again.
Congratulations Navneet. Glad to know that you now have Chinese too commenting on your posts.
It is interesting to read their comments. They sound very polite.
Thanks Soumya- Though the Chinese are reading my blogs and praising those but that’s not what I put them here. I write these blogs for my Indian friends to know, how we are being fooled by our corrupt and self serving leaders.
Navneetji, you are truly global now ! This is a good cultural exchange !
Navneetji, it is an opener blog from you. Congratulations for being noticed and getting responses from Chinese people. I fully agree that we do not really need leaders, who only talk and indulge in all kinds of wrong practices. We also do not need multi party democracy, it failed in the present socio economic situation. The ruling party hardly gets 30-35% of the total mandate.
That apart, do we really love our country. We erupt with joy and feel Indian only when national cricket team defeats Pak team in a match. Otherwise, there is abuse and abuse everywhere and always. We pee, defecate, spit, throw litters in the public; we love to give and take bribe; we talk loudly and love to flaunt that way of expression, we love to break all kinds of rules, we do not know what the discipline is; we love to do less work but want more money; at the drop of hat we protest and claim our right forgetting the responsibility. To me all these amount to disrespect to our country. I am sure Chinese do not do all that, and that why they are there today to be seen by the whole world. I have visited Shanghai once for few days and was amazed to get the glimpse of that great nation.
Thanks Hillol- I fully agree with you- We do not really love our country or else what is happening here won’t be happening. “Shi” the Chinese reader whose views I have posted here for all to see is not more than twenty years old as I infer from his comments. But look at his maturity of thought. A nation doesn’t become great by winning a cricket match, it is the love for the country, the pride, the contribution, the spirit that matters. Twenty years ago China was a poor nation embroiled in it’s own problems.