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Is India a third world country?


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April 28, 2014 3:47AM

India is a third world country. It is a developing country, it's poor and has water issues.

^ I think I would disagree with this. This whole concept of "First, Second and Third World" is very outdated in the first place. Secondly, there are many poor parts of supposedly "First World" nations that have water issues, terrible crime etc. Yes obviously India has more water issues but when we start getting into that argument we find we are on a subjective scale. The many slums in India (e.g. Dharavi) do not have such a big problem with homicide as many poor inner city areas of the U.S. (e.g. south side Chicago). India's educational system is good, and its sciences are just as modernized as those of the U.S. It has a VERY successful diaspora, and even though they have left India they say a lot about the Indian culture. Additionally it is an ancient civilization that has always come back from slumps. It is incredibly slow to develop however, but that is a good thing because at least the government is not able to bulldoze homes as it can in China since India is the world's largest democracy. It is a member of the G 20, and if India puts its mind to it, it can become a First World nation and better. Unfortunately its not been putting its mind to it, and it's been putting its mind in its checkbook and being slowed down by corruption, etc.