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‘Mindset List’ for ’89 Indian generation

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Ruchira Paul has a post highlighting the Beloit College Mindset list for the Class of 2011. The list attempts a general characterization of the worldview of their incoming freshman class. e.g for this particular class,

Alvin Ailey, Andrei Sakharov, Huey Newton, Emperor Hirohito, Ted Bundy, Abbie Hoffman, and Don the Beachcomber have always been dead.

1. What Berlin wall?
2. Humvees, minus the artillery, have always been available to the public.
3. Rush Limbaugh and the “Dittoheads” have always been lambasting liberals.
4. They never “rolled down” a car window.
5. Michael Moore has always been angry and funny.

(link) etc.

While many items in that list would be universally true for the generation born around 1989, I was thinking about similar cultural/economic/social states in the Indian context. So the same Indian generation would have never heard Kishore Kumar live, or known either Indira or Rajiv Gandhi or been able to visit Srinagar without the threat of militants (the year I was there, 1986, was possibly one of the last years you could do this). Additionally, given the liberalization of the Indian economy around that time, there have been many socio-economic changes that this particular generation has grown up with.

So here is an attempt to compile a Mindset list for the Indian generation:

1. Cricket has always been widely popular but India has never won the World Cup. This generation did not grow up with the pain of watching Javed Miandad’s last ball six either.

2. No one ever watches the Indian hockey team play with any interest (I think the loss at 1982 Asian Games final, followed by terrible showings at the ’86 Asian games and World Cups is where the decline started).

3. Coke, 7UP, Pepsi, Sprite etc are the soda choices, not Thumps Up, Goldspot or Limca.

4. The round 50 or 25 paise coins have never been worth anything and hardly accepted anywhere (leave alone the flower-shaped 10 paise, the hexagonal 20 paise or the square 5 paise coins)

5. A variety of automobile brand (other than Ambassadors and Marutis) have always plied the street.

6. TV always had multiple channels.

7. Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka were the most visible faces of the Nehru-Gandhi family.

8. Bombay has always been called Mumbai.

9. There has always been FM channels (for some, multiple ones).

10. There has always been private airlines flying in India.

11. Amitabh Bachchan has always sported the ridiculous white beard.

12. Kolkata always had an underground railway system.

13. The Kashmir valley has never been safe for tourism.

Anything else to add to the list ?

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Written by BongoP'o'ndit

August 24, 2007 at 1:52 am

Posted in India, Trivia

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  1. The choice of cuisine in restaurants includes more than South Indian, North Indian, and Chinese Indian.

    artwork

    August 24, 2007 at 2:41 am

  2. no mention of Internet? Or was ever before their time? Hmmm…maybe would be included for class of 2015.

    Patrix

    August 24, 2007 at 7:32 pm

  3. That’s pretty good Bongo.

    Ruchira Paul

    August 24, 2007 at 7:41 pm

  4. Rush has a name for the generation that grew up listening to him — “Rushbabies” (*shudders*). Talk radio is adamant that over the last decade or so, incoming freshmen have been more and more conservative. I have not looked at any studies, but will not be surprised if they are right.

    A few more for your list:

    1) Bollywood heroes have always been NRIs or stay abroad for at least half the duration of a movie.
    2) Leander Paes has always been winning Davis Cup matches where he is outranked by 100 or more.
    3) Greed, ambition and aspiration have always been strong Indian values.
    4) Coalition governments have forever been ruling India.
    5) Every Indian always had a cell phone.

    dipanjan

    August 24, 2007 at 11:40 pm

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