Can India really become a developed country?You may think why I am asking this question or why suddenly a doubt like this is arising. To be very clear, it has little to do with politics, corruption or even the policies of the successive governments. They all have a specific role in the development of any country which nobody can deny but at the same time, there are some other things associated with the real development of a country. Let me give you an example to make it clear.
Today, in West Bengal, Goddess Manasha is being worshipped at many places. Manasha is the deity of snakes and people here worship the deity so that they remain unharmed by snakes. In villages, there are a lot of open spaces and fields and during this rainy season snakes come out in large numbers on the land because their holes/habitats remain underwater during this time. They also bite humans during this season and for this very reason, the deity is worshipped. The problem is pots of milk and bananas are offered during this Puja because a lot of people still believe that snakes eat bananas and drink milk and if snakes are kept happy in this way they will never think of biting humans. Snakes neither eat bananas nor drink milk until they are forced upon to drink or eat such thinks. Snakes cannot digest those things. Many people know this, even those whom we call educated and professional offer milk and banana to the snakes and also in the worship of Goddess Manasha thinking that they are the natural food for a snake. We think ourselves progressive, behave in such fashion, but deep inside we do such illogical things. There is no harm in worshipping a deity and the food offered to snakes can easily be changed with something that they eat. Development must be in the mindset and then only the subsequent action will follow. Otherwise, the development will be on paper only. We will remain unchanged.