We Keralites and Indians are madly religious. For anything and everything we invoke gods. If a misfortune comes we take the blame on ourselves. If a good thing happens we ascribe its credit to god. In short god is given all the credit and we are blamed for every ill. As we spend a lot of time on matters religious and as we believe gods will help us in everything (we need to pray only) and we pray and pray, go to the church or temple or to the shrine and partake in every religious ritual. See the net result! We are one of the poorest nations on the surface of the earth. Almost half of our 120 crore people are living with Rs 20/- a day and they are all generally sick, emaciated and face all sorts of difficulties. Nations which are advanced are far less religious; they believe they make their future. Hence they try to come up with all their capability. They have generally an aim and a purpose in life. They work and work, take risks and do not rest until they get what they want. Here we do not even want anything. We are exhorted to be happy with what we have. It can be poverty, sickness, failures, backwardness; the gods have willed and we have to bear them. All that matters is the afterlife and hence this life is to be just endured.
Statistics on religious beliefs indicate that there is no other country in the world which is as mad about religion as India. And there are very few countries which is as corrupt, as poor and as backward as India. We are not bothered that half of all our children are malnourished, emaciated, sick and stunted! We do not mind that more than 50 crores of our people do not get one meal a day, many of whom are staying in a single-room leaking, ramshackle shack. We do not mind they are sick and are in pain. The leaders who seem ‘more religious than us’ do not mind these things at all. They are very rich and powerful, their children study abroad and they have everything that can be thought about. They know this life is all that matters and they try to live their lives to the full with all conceivable comforts and luxuries. The followers tow the foolish philosophy and suffer.