What are some things Indians should learn from the rest of the world?

Answer by Sathya:

About Me: Grown up in India for more than 20 years and living in Sweden for more than 5 years.

I would like to be more specific to one particular point that we Indians need to learn from developed nations around the world.


Knowledge about Law: When mentioning about Law, I’m NOT asking all the citizen of India to take a graduation in Law! But, it is most necessary to know at least the basic elements of Indian Constitution. A person should be able to answer “What is Democracy?”, “What is Freedom & Freedom of Speech” and so on.

Responsibility is the price of freedom.”Elbert Hubbard

“Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no
better than we deserve.” – George Bernard Shaw

This is the important thing, the citizens of a biggest democracy of the world should know about. Spitting/Urinating in roads, Not following traffic rules, Always trying to get an illegal short cut, Bypassing safety rules, Not knowing our own Fundamental Rights, Not knowing about women rights, Not VOTING, are NOT what we get from freedom. Everything gets its base from being illiterate about our own Law/Constitution.

I have always wondered and admired people in Sweden for this. They don’t talk loud about their political views, but they know what their law says. At least the fundamental laws. They know their law on property rights, law on traffic & safety rules, law on civil obedience, law on health, law on freedom of speech, law on different taxes and many more. They read about it, they use it in day today life. They are not like us, who study these things in “History & Civics” subject in school and just forget after the exams.

The citizens of India including me, need to learn what is freedom. We have paid a lot of lives to get the freedom. Now we need to teach ourselves on how to maintain it with Responsibility. If Government asks to wear Helmets while driving two wheeler – It is for OUR safety. Rules are not defined to be broken. It is our responsibility to obey the rules, so the Govt. can function properly. I think, this if we learn from Sweden (to be more specific), will change and improve our Indian society drastically. Our country is growing and we need be grownups and stop expecting someone with a stick behind us and ordering what to do & what not do. Consider your responsibility to move our country forward.

I don’t want to be someone who complains about India & Indians after getting into a comfort zone. I’m just trying to answer the question that has been asked here! There are always many things the western world need to learn from India too. But let’s bite the truth and Learn what is Freedom, Learn what is Democracy, Try to be responsible and Bring in the difference in the nation.

Ref Freedom Quotes at BrainyQuote

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7 Responses to What are some things Indians should learn from the rest of the world?

  1. PKBhaba says:

    Good suggestions and important issues to
    be considered among youngsters in current situation
    Moreover we have to cultivate the issues in
    School days that makes our quality in excellent

    • Sathya says:

      Excellent point Dad. Schools play a very important role in building a society’s future! Hope these kind of schools spread in the society faster.

    • Rahul says:

      I don’t think that its just not the responsibility for young people! All of us should have this sense and in a culture where young, to the maximum extent always try to follow their elders! I think the matured people should be more responsible.

  2. n.asokan says:


  3. Kailash says:

    IMHO… the problem is not ONLY education.. more than half the people who commit these mistakes.. are educated ppl… no one bothers to take a receipt from a traffic cop when we break some rule.. we just pay a bribe and move on… i would suggest a lot more care to be taken in implementing existing laws… according to me the solution is to implement technology and be less dependent on ppl..so that corruption is lesser as a by product… as you can create 100s of laws.. but if there is no supervision and control.. most ppl will not follow them…i agree education is a very important step as you say.. but equal importance to monitoring and implementing the law is absolutely necessary…in a country with a population like India’s.

    • Sathya says:

      Thanks for your comments. But I think you have misunderstood me or I didn’t make my point clear. What I’m trying to say is similar to yours. I didn’t talk about education as a whole. I talk about the knowledge of “Law, Democracy and Freedom”. Educated person like you and me need to know what is Democracy, Freedom and what our Law says. Through this we need to improve our “Responsibility” for being a citizen.

      Your idea of the system taking care of everything (Singapore model), I don’t call that democracy. It is like making the child read with a stick behind. That’s not a good motivation to study for kid.

      Every individual, mainly the educated should feel their responsibility for the country as they do for their home. They should set examples for uneducated people. Adding rules and tightening law is not just the only way to straighten things up. And according to me, this won’t address the root cause of the problem.

  4. Rahul says:

    In contrast to the western world, in India we live a more machine/mechanical life! I feel it affects the prospective view on life by people! So it might not be easy to have this change but on the whole this is what we should strive for!

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