Tuesday, July 19, 2005

A nation obsessed with itself!

I have spent a few months in the US of A and have had a few discussions with people who have lived there all their life. A common theme that came out very strongly in all of those discussions was the prevalent self obsession that the people and the nation has for itself.

It’s been about 6 months since I left the US of A and returned to India after a brief stint there. When I was listening to the joint press conference by the President of US of A and the Indian Prime Minister, the whole scene of self obsession was enacted in all its glory by some of the senior, famous journalists from reputed news channels and publications. Questions asked were about the Supreme Court nominee, the Senate issues etc. All this, in spite of America is paying dearly for its self obsession, its inability to comprehend and understand other viewpoints in a highly multi-polar world.
If 9/11, Afghanistan and Iraq cannot bring this sense with in the psyche of a nation, I fail to understand what else could?