Thursday, September 27, 2007

Can we accept this?

"A solid waste consultant back from Sri Lanka tells me what he saw when the trucks reach the dumps of Colombo, the capital. The people rush forward first. Then the cows a head of the pigs and the goats because of they are bigger. Last the crows. A miserable way of life? Undoubtedly ......" * extracted from National Geographic

This was a quote which is told by a consultant who gone back from Sri Lanka. This is a completely narrow minded saying about a country. I do not have words to explain my feeling about this quote. But I will write a similar situation which was happen in india.

In many decades ago a British expert had been criticised that "The sewer water of London is bacteriologically superior to the milk of Bombay" **. What was the reaction of them to this pig headed quote. Dr. Verghese Kurien took this as a challenge and drew the country to be one of front-ranker in milk production.

The above quote about our nation is must taken serious. We want to establish proper vision & mission on our nation. We must start our individual role in developing this country. Even a little man has a great responsibility. These statements must be taken as challenges.

Please let this message to spread

Naional Geo

April 1983, pp 426-447 by White
** . Abdul Kalam's Ignited Minds

(This article was published previously with out writing references. So this time this article is published again with references. )


N said...

You need to be more specific as to what the reference is, volume, year etc. Also what seems to be the problem with the comment?

It's an observation not a subjective judgement. Similarly regarding the British 'expert' if he had scientific evidence to back his claim then he has a right to that claim.

Samitha said...

yep, I agree with n,,,,

Shanil Samarakoon said...

Yeah there ought to be more evidence in terms of references and so on

I can see where you are coming from though...even though its an observation it's in a respected publication and tends to create a very negative perception of the country as a whole ..even if unintended in that broader sense..