While it’s too hard to ‘set free’ and best and easy to ‘fit in,’ a little peeping into a culture that embraces freedom like its only lover will surely light up the hearts for a while. This is California – the Silicon Valley, where Mr. PM is soon to visit.
I am sure no one knows ‘tolerance’ better than us Indians. Be it the 50 degrees hot, humid day to 2 long hours of annoying yet unavoidable traffic; we are good enough to bear almost everything that could happen to our human spirit. This high degree of adaptability asks for consolation and not applause. We know how hurtful things can get, yet we manage to settle down and adapt to the situation, no matter what.
When young and charged with passion, with a drive to pursue a career of our choice, that is when dad’s highest disappointment and ‘you are abandoned, right now!’ attitude gets in. When in love and planning to marry the one you want to marry, mom’s seemingly unstoppable tears get in, which probably is the ultimate tool to get things done.
Even if still left with some spark of life in the mid-fifties and looking to give up the 10 to 5 jobs for a start-up, societal pressure gets in, and one finally realizes that it’s too late to expect a change in life.
This place stands out against all odds and oozes freedom against all bondages.
Here Is What Makes California Great?!
Here are a few facts that make California one of the highly adaptable and welcoming states of the world.
- California was one of the first states to allow women to vote in America in 1911. The 19th Amendment to America’s constitution came in 1920. By then, women in California were already practicing their rights to vote as per their will.
- It legalized same-sex relationships in 1976. One of the first states to embrace the change laid the way for gays to nationalize their demands for rights.
- California is the most immigrant-friendly place in the state. It is home to the world’s second-largest influx of expatriates. We surely need to revisit our definition of ‘tolerance.’ Remember, had Satya Nadella and Sundar Pichai been in India, they would have been one amongst the guys who we come across on traffic signals, returning from a long tiring day at the office, hoping that their wife is back home. The AC in the room is turned on.
- This state also celebrates gay marriages and net neutrality. Our stand on this issue is still unclear. And according to the new encryption policy- all encrypted data, personal emails, messages, and stored data up to 90 days back of use will be in access by the government. Don’t we badly need to give up all self-imposed hypocrisies?
California certainly has no place for ‘tolerance.’ All it knows is acceptance and freedom. Freedom of thought, freedom of speech, freedom to ‘live’ life and not sustain. I hope our beloved Mr. PM gets some time out of his busy big business deals and cares to scratch the surface beyond business interests and find the colors of Californian culture a great lesson to teach India through his next Mann-ki-Baat session. Have a great time, Mr. PM!