My Young Chinese Friends: By Basuhan9
Nine months back on my regular official trip to Chennai & Trivandrum, I met three Chinese youth in the age group of 20-23. Why am I talking about Chinese Youth today, when Bharat is passing through such a difficult period, politicians, bureacracy, judiciary, media, all democratic institutions are at their lowest ebb; it’s last hope Youth(future of India) standing confused rather at crossroad. Perhaps, this is apt time to talk about three Chinese Youth!
The First one whom I met at Trivandrum Museum watching closely the displayed artifacts and taking notes. Our Guide could speak little English but okay Hindi. We were around fifteen people and as usual the guide was only explaining few popular stuff. The Chinese young tourist was also in the team. About some displayed artifacts, we asked our guide to explain but the poor man did not have answer. It happened thrice and to our surprize, our co-tourist the chinese youth knew the answer. In our team of 15 persons, 70% were young,rest middle aged and except Cheng rest Indians.
During next 30 minutes our chinese co-tourist Cheng took over as our guide(only for those who wanted to know more about certain artifacts and relation between those time & countries) to the displeasure of our official guide Mr.Kannan. One question which kept crossing my mind & other members as well that how Cheng knew so much about our history & people despite being a Tourist himself that too at a young age! Somehow, I couldn’t resist my curiosity and finally asked him how did he know so much about small details. Twenty One Year Old Cheng’s reply surprized us more, i.e. MY CONNECT WITH HISTORY and above all I am proud to be a Chinese.
This is Cheng’s second visit to India and first to South India. Cheng a practising Hindu(that’s how he preferred to describe himself) came to India when he was 18 and headed towards Rishikesh, Uttarakhand. He spent four months there and learnt Yoga. Apart from Mandarin, he knows Sanskrit, working English and little hindi. In his second visit to India at the age of 21 brought him to South India to explore the nuances of hinduism being practiced in Southern India. It’s been barely three days that he landed in India! Cheng’s answer compelled me to compare: Firstly, Cheng was not all embarassed or apologetic about his poor English knowledge rather proud of his Mandarin Language. Secondly, he was proud of his ancestry, culture and country.Thirdly, he had tremendous respect for old civilizations such as China & India.
The other two Chinese youth I met at my Chennai Hotel. While enquiring from travel desk about car rental etc. a Chinese Girl standing nearby suggested that to know more about chennai outskirts I should travel by local train rather a private vehicle. The young girl named Lin(22) and her colleague Dewei(20) came to India 2 Months back and in chennai for last three days as part of a sales/marketing team of Chinese medical eqipment company exploring business opportunities.
For next 2 days, we three had dinner together at our hotel which gave me opportunity to know about Chinese youth and their perspective. Lin and Dewei told me that before coming to India, they knew about not only India’s strengths and weaknesses but also regional indepth information. They both asked me how can such a big country like India afford to go directionless in terms of foreign policy, economy and controlling population. Before I could reply, they told me that Indians are not proud of their language, ancestry, culture and civilization. There is complete disconnect with history and that makes Indians more vulnerable to corruption whether young or old. Their keen observation left me speechless.
What I felt about my young chinese friends is that firstly, they are full of confidence and know much more about India than any Indian youth of their age. Secondly, they are not apologetic about their poor English knowledge but proud of their language i.e. Mandarin. They are also proud of their great civilization, culture, ancestry and above all their country. This is called amazing Connect with History whereas we Indians lack that connect with history, old or young!
This is Mera Bharat Mahaan and All for sale even our conscience!