Snakes and Ladders

1143 WordsMay 1, 20015 Pages
Snakes and Ladders by Gita Mehta is a book that celebrates India and its history. The author provides many short stories that try to show how India is trying to develop as a nation. She tells about the complex religious system, as well as cultural diversity, and the corruption of India 's government. She shows the reader many aspects of the experience of living in India, which Mehta clearly shows that she loves, but she attempts to remain neutral about the issues that she discusses. When the Indian nationalists were revolting against the British Empire, it changed the way of life in India. It let women have a more active role in everyday activities. Mehta 's father played a very active role in the revolutions; he used his house as…show more content…
By this he meant that the officials would stay in power by playing off of the fears of the minorities: the lower caste Muslims, the Buddhists, and the Christians. The poet them told Mehta that he had a tattoo of the national flag on his buttocks because, "the constitution was hardly worth wiping the national arse with." During the first half of India 's democracy the elected officials primary concern was the welfare of the nation. They used the power of their offices to improve India was a nation. This new uncorrupt democracy was about to change when Mrs. Gandhi got rid of elected officials at her pleasure and replaced them with trusted family members and other politicians that were obedient to her. She did this as a security measure to secure her position in government. For the next twenty years the people of India would watch as politicians formed alliances and manipulated government for their own security, which ironically usually ended up in them being killed by their rivals. This turned India from a land of non-violence, into a land of assassins, bombings, bulletproof windows, and armed police. The criminals that politicians used to secure their positions would soon be in positions of power themselves. Soon caste system would be used against caste system, and religion against religion. The Indian army, the third largest standing army in the world, which is remarkably
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