Visited India and Ethiopia. Had a nice time in the latter.
I'm guessing Ethiopia has many of those same problems (although poorer and probably less crowded), and I know that you've traveled a lot so you might be more used to stuff like that than the average tourist. I'm just wondering what made the difference between the two.
One other factor in my positive recollection of Ethiopia may be that, at the time I went to India, I had already spent a very substantial amount of time in Asia, including many years in the Middle East and SouthEast Asia, and there are a lot of similarities between India and places like Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Bahrain. On the other hand, I've never visited any other sub-Saharan African country. So it was more of a novelty.
Sorry to hear that you got sick--I've heard it happens to a lot of people. I'm glad to hear of your experiences though, and it makes sense.
India is not cheap to live in. As a matter of fact, whenever I travel to the US with my family, we ensure that we take minimal luggage and buy both luggage and clothes / electronics etc. from there. Simply because it is so cheap compared to India.
In India, economy hotels start at 80 dollars a night although we have hotels starting at 10 dollars as well. So for those who want to stay at a dodgy hotel, the result will be dodgy as well. Please choose well. India has plenty to offer for everyone. Plus with Uber / Ola - why would anyone have a problem with transportation? And with so much available on the internet??
This quiz focuses on number of people not percentage so India with only 9% of its billion and a half people tops the list, but countries where most of the population is in extreme poverty are not shown because they don´t have as much total population, like Haiti or Cuba with just over 10 million people, where the income is regularly just below of just above the $1.90 per day line, in the case of Venezuela with 30 million people and over 50% extreme poverty you see it, and salaries are regularly $0.15 per day
It's quite possible that the heavy-handed (and ineffective) pandemic response in India caused more misery than all the deaths from Covid everywhere in the world.
Allow me to get on my high horse for a second. When rich people in the western world die, it's a global tragedy. When literally 60 million people in India fall into a state of abject poverty and deprivation no one cares. Of course, the west didn't force India to take the path they did. The government of India has only itself to blame. But it's sad. And no one here in the U.S. even talks about it or cares at all. Instead we focus on trivial "first world" problems. If we spent even 1% of our massive, multi-trillion dollar Covid handouts on foreign aid, it could make a big difference.
I just thing it's crazy that the U.S. is willing to spend trillions on Covid, much of it to enable people to not work and stay home watching TV, but yet our government spends almost nothing on humanitarian aid, even when it would do a lot of good.
And most European countries are the same. Canada and Australia are even worse.
I guess the Nordic countries still have decent priorities for the most part.
India repudiated UK aid about 10 years ago on the basis that $100s millions was "peanuts" to them. And all the time the Indian super-rich become super-richer while nearly 100 million of their people live in extreme poverty - so it's not just the Indian Govt which should be utterly ashamed.
The economy until 1991 was completely socialist (It is still majorly socialist today) , all major industries were nationalized, and private capital was virtually nonexistent. Also, since it's independence India's economy has been Agriculture based. Agriculture today still employs 55% !!!! of the population , while making up only 14% of the GDP. This has led to high numbers of disguised unemployment . Even though Agriculture comprises a large portion of govt spending, it has still not modernized due to the refusal of farmers to modernize(any attempt at reform has been unsuccessful due to large protests). This prevent millions of agricultural families from coming out of poverty.
I know I've shared this article in other places on this site, but I think it's appropriate here as well. It's a good roadmap out of extreme poverty, and I think a lot of the countries on this quiz can learn from Bangladesh.