By Arbind Kumar
One of the ancient and rich culture and vibrant tradition comprises the different aspects of Indian society. Indian society reflects the true colour of the country amidst the collage of traditional rituals and mosaic of Indian fiestas. India has always been famous for its social traditions and hospitality. The rich social tradition and heritage make the country to stand out distinctively different. Here are interesting comparative aspects. In respect to foreigners we start our education early, marry early…but not active as they are.
Education: In our country, a child starts going to school at the age of 2.5 years, in nursery or pre-nursery.
Finland has best education among European countries and there child starts formal education at the age of 7 years, whereas in England, Scotland and Wales, they do the same at the age of 5 years. In Spain, Germany and France starting of formal education age is 6 years.
Marriage: The average age for marriage in India is 22.8 years. When a boy gets employed, talk of marriage starts taking place in the family. But in foreign countries, marriage is delayed.
Germany: Long after getting employment, marriage takes place and average age for marriage is 33.1 years.
China: The average age for marriage is 25.3 years, whereas in USA this is 27.9 years.
Japan: marriage takes place at the average age of 30.5 years and in Indonesia average knotting age is 21.9 years.
Democracy: We had voting right at the age of 21 but since 1988 this is 18 years. This age is assumed as the perfect time to give voting right in our country.
In Australia, Brazil and Argentina voting age is 16 years. In Indonesia, North Korea this is 17 years, whereas in South Korea the age for casting vote is 19 year. In Taiwan the age for casting vote is 20 years, in Malaysia, Singapore and Saudi Arabia this is 21 years.
Family: In our country, 69 percent youth in the age group of 15 to 34 use to live with their parents whereas 4 percent live in hostels and are dependent on their parents. But in country like USA, parents separate their children at age of 18 or sometimes earlier. People cover themselves with long term insurance policies before 60 and live alone. Number of such people is large in USA.
Military training: There have been discussions making compulsory military training to youth in our country. But we have not taken a step in this regard. In Israel and Norway military service for both boy and girl is compulsory. Germany stopped compulsory military service in 2011. Similarly USA and Britain too stopped compulsory military training and employment. But in Russia one year military service for youth is compulsory.
Freedom to name: After childbirth, we are free to choose any name for our child. This is the first ceremony in the life of anybody. Name is the most important thing for anybody.
France: Birth certificate Registrar can report to court if he thinks the name is not appropriate.
Germany: Certain rules need to be followed when choosing the first name of baby. First name should reflect gender. If a neutral name is chosen, a second, gender-specific name has to be added. Boy names may be selected for boys only and girl names for girls, respectively. The only exception is the female name “Maria”, which may also be used as a second name for boys. In order to protect the child, the name must not be absurd or degrading in any way. Surnames, product names or names of objects are not allowed as first name. Registry office decides whether name is acceptable or not.
Saudi Arabia: Government has banned 50 names including “foreign” names, names related to royalty and those it considers to be blasphemous. Amir (prince), Linda or Abdul Nabi (Slave of the Prophet) etc. as names are not permitted. Names that offend perceived religious sensibilities, those that are affiliated to royalty and those that are of non-Arabic or non-Islamic origin are banned.
But we are not active as they are; we walk average per day 4297 steps. Around 392 million people are not involved in productive work.
In China and Japan, people walk 6010 steps per day. An average American walks 4774 steps/day.
Theoretically person who walks 7000-10000 steps/day is considered completely active.
(Writer is Journalist and soft skill trainer).