Why are Indians so rude?
With whatever limited exposure I have had to different cultures, societies and people, I have often observed that people from India come across as rude. I have often wondered why are Indians so rude?.
As anyone else might have observed it, be it air-ports, bus stations, malls, anywhere, I have seen Indian people rushing out of queue, being pushy in queue, not following traffic rules, being impolite and rude in giving way etc.
I was traveling aboard a tourist bus with a contingent that consisted mostly of Indians and Chinese people. I observed that both people had similar rudeness in behavior when it came to things like forming queues, forming groups, giving way etc. I wondered, what was common between the Chinese and the Indians. Then, it struck me, what seems like ignorance to etiquette on the surface might be something deeper and more logical. Probably, because such people are grew up in heavily populated parts of the world, they have been conditioned to use what Darwin termed as -“Survival of the Fittest” mentality, which means that when they are in a crowded place they want to be the first ones to take way else their primitive brain, what scientists termed as the Amygdala makes them sub-consciously believe they are in danger. From experience they might have learned that if they do not push themselves ahead of the rest, they are left far behind.
It is not so much about these people or cultures then, it is about how nature has played out its hand in insuring our survival, it makes us adapt to whatever conditions we are put in. Had the same people been brought up in less crowded places they would have had more polite habits, had the people with polite habits been brought up in crowded places, they might have been different to how they are. Maybe, now we could all look at such people with more forgiving eyes when we see them being “rude“.
Indians might not have the niceties of wishing you “good morning” and say “Thank you” and “Please” ever so often. This might also have to do with the fact that with so many people around, you would not really want to wish everyone that you see, unless you want to run your throat dry.
I mentioned Indians being rude in this post; however I(Chocolate) am an Indian myself and while I was traveling through America came across several rude Americans. Some of the experiences from my trip then are here.
If you agree with me, please comment and let us know what you think. If you disagree, maybe we could enjoy adding another twist to the argument. Please comment!