外文标题：Wah! Wah! Shanghai- Part II
In fact I should change the name of this post series and make it Wah! Wah! China
Shanghai people say is a showcase city of China, Is it ? If indeed it is then Oh What a showcase it is, Wah Wah… if we could have one such to show to the world what we are capable of. I strongly deny such a statement for it gives us some place to park our shame. I have been to many other cities of China and in some villages also and my impression is that China indeed is a transformed country, if as I had heard before it was an overcrowded, dirty place, with appaling poverty and lack of human rights.
People are generally happy and contended. They are proud of their country and do their bit of contribution diligently. They are clean, affable, civil and helpful. Even those who are riding to their works on bicycles are neatly dressed up. Public transport system is efficient. The buses, the trains are immaculate, the stations spic and span. Public toilets don’t have too be searched for and unlike greedy European systems, no coins have to be dropped in for using the loo. The toilets are very clean and unlike India there’s always water in the taps and the WCs. The taps are not dripping or broken and all toilets have automatic hot air blower/dryer in working condition, for drying up wet hands, have soap dispensers with soap in them, have papers dispensers with paper rolls or napkins. The attendants are always around and seen cleaning and mopping. The lights and fans are all working. In fact about light and water I would like to say that in my last fifteen months in China, whether here in Shanghai, in the town, Dhinghai, Nanjing, Islands Changxing or Xiushan or a tiny village Ratio, I have never seen power disruption or water cuts even in the name of maintenace.
Here in Shanghai, it’s the month of May now and I haven’t seen a fly or a mosquito. I haven’t seen a cockroach ever since I have come to China. All hedges, fences along the roads are pruned, trimmed, washed with water spray and are sprayed with chemicals that not only preserve them but also leave some gloss of freshness on them. Traffic cops are hardly ever seen at the cross-roads which at places are as big as football grounds and even at midnight even if there’s just one car, you would see it waiting for the signal to change.
There are survillance cameras everywhere. It’s not that the people don’t violate traffic rules, they do and it appears that it is allowed but it’s kind of watch and drive understanding. No horn honking, no skirmishes, swearings or raising of middle finger. I haven’t seen an accident in the last fifteen months. Some months ago death sentence was handed over to a taxi driver for drunkan driving that resulted in death of four persons. The justice system is so efficient that in serious crimes the hearing or deliverance of justice can be as fast as with in a month.
The corrupt officials are routinely tried and punished severely. It’s not that there is no grievance or frustration, in fact it’s a lot and the anger is being directed against helpless children as recently there have been many attacks on the school children by the disgruntled people ( I will post a separate article on this) but without commenting on such incidents I would like to say that some of the culprits have already been executed after being held guilty and now the government has announced that it’s allowing shoot at sight against such incidents. Obviously we who have seen democracy at it’s best or worst can’t understand this because in our country even those who have single handedly killed hundreds of innocent people, waging a war against the nation are being defended.
But Well this series is for showing you the best of Shanghai- so let’s leave all the talking for some other post…So here enjoy the pictures.
nkb: kab ki ticket lein?? haha incredible shanghai indeed;)
i was so thrilled to hear the nice things about shanghai and other places
but what about corruption ? during the earthquake when schools collapsed due to bad construction parents of dead children wanted justice… they were crushed
fulangong ..off shoot of buddhists why are they being persecuted ?
what about our Arunachal being usurped by them
what about hackers stealing technology ..?
sorry re u may not have answers
i was just saying
Nice to hear from you about politics. If we look it so, then how do you rank America and the Britain as far meddling in the world affairs and playing diabolic game of death and mayhem, enslaving human beings and looting nations is concerned and India for corruption and moral rot? Do you remember the name of the IAS officer who made millions out of flood relief for Bihar victims and he even earned international praise for his effort before being exposed.
Yesterday one high ranking officer was given death sentence here for corruption and bribes and two days ago one business tycoon was sentenced to fourteen years jail term for similar wrong doings. As far as exercising right over the land is concerned, what do you say about Kashmir, Punjab (Khalistan), Gorkhaland, Nagaland, Jai Maharashtra, Maoists, Kurds, Chechenya, Basque in Spain and almost every nation has them. Do you know how Taiwan was created and who were responsible. Who were responsible for the division of India and why America supports Pakistan? What was the cause of Vietnam war? How Taliban came in to existence? Who were mujhahedeens and which country supported their cause? I am not sure whom Tibet belonged to but a lot of good I hear has been done to the land after it’s accession.
Shanghai is beutiful in your pics.
China has used Iron hand to achieve what it is. They needed too perhaps since their population was highest in the world…..i don’t know now.
India is a not a democracy, its more of a chaos now.
They still use iron hand and I feel to some extent it is required. Take the case of Singapore. Laws there too are very strict. If you give a long rope to the people chaos is what results in. In India democracy means impunity.
lot of diffrence now and then 1976
been in twice 1975 n 1976
Yes Azad the real changes have come in the last decade.
I liked this blog very much.
I have been to China in 1980 and 1995, and that is all. But I have every reason to believe your word that India has been ashamed by its all-round development. We are still plodding here with corrupt and inefficient governance. Luckily the private sector has been India’s saviour from ignominy.
I have a few questions. Is the one-child norm still mandatory? Are people hygienic with at least one bath a day? I don’t get to see motor-bikes,scooters and three-wheel autorickshaws in any photos. Are they absent in China including in small towns?
You have not said anything here about Expo.
Dear Gopal ji
It’s a pleasure to find you visiting here. I miss so many of your and others audio blogs because here in China I can’t get Youtube can’t see the “play strip” included in the blog posts.
In my next blog on Shanghai/China I will put the pictures of other cities and towns.
You came here fifteen years ago but at the pace they are progressing it seems half a century. I have seen a town complete in every respect come up in one year. I have seen stretches of roads carpeted and trees planted on both sides and carpet of grass laid on side walks overnight. The trees are not planted as saplings but young adults and grass is grown in carpets in nurseries and rolled out literally like carpets. I have yet to post the pictures of their multi-level bridges and elevated highways. They have laid underwater tube across hangpu river to join shanghai to other islands and that tube already has four lanes road but two way metro running through it alongside hasn’t been started.
One child policy seems to have been relaxed a bit after male-female ratio having gone a bit off chart. Now the permission is financial status based. If you can afford, you can have. Also if farming is your profession then you can have a second child if the first one is a female.
Plenty of people ride scooters, bikes and mobikes but with public transport system being so efficient long distance commuters prefer to use that.
Auto rickshaws are allowed on some stretches only I believe, as I have seen only some waiting outside a few metro stations. In small towns cycle rickshaws are common too.
People are far more cleaner and hygiene conscious than they are in India. They dress up cleanly and one time bath is common. I have seen them bathing in the villages where water has to be drawn from the well and even there solar water heaters are there atop almost every house while here in shanghai piped gas supply is there in every apartment and on line gas heater are so efficient that running hot water is available anytime in any tap in the apartment.
I have just made one visit to the expo so far and that was rather disastrous. I chose saturday, went late in the evening and thought of starting from the well.. Indian Pavilion- it was pathetic, Indian Tourism and other government funded stalls hadn’t even been set up and
I Went on 22nd May i.e. a good 22 days after official opening of the exhibition. Then I thought since it was late I decided to visit the adjoining Saudi Arabian Pavilion. That was another wrong decision, the queue was so long that it took me three and a half hour to reach the pavilion and frankly I didn’t find it very impressive and shots of the grandeur of the Royals were a kind of put off to an ordinary human being like me.
Though I have enough pictures to make a blog post but that would be belittling the extravganza at display here and last Saturday it was raining. May be I will go again next week or delay as my wife and son are coming a week after, but surely I will post a lot about expo too.