Poor India, dirty India- that’s still the perception foreigners have of our nation. And Lewis ended up getting himself in trouble when he decided to blindly follow the stereotype.
The world famous F1 race champion referred our beautiful ‘India’ as a poor country, but the point is, did he really mean it?
Five-time champion, Lewis Hamilton is one of the best race car drivers of his time. But he ended up making a silly comment about our country and people are hate tweeting and slamming him for this ever since.
But we have our own reply for him. And before we reach there, we need to figure out why he made that comment in the first place.
What’s the reason he said this?
In a recent bid to promote the F1 culture in new countries, F1 signed a 10 years contract with Vietnam to host the street races from 2020. But it seems like the news wasn’t able to impress Lewis.
In response to the whole ordeal, he was quoted saying, “I’ve been to Vietnam before and it is beautiful. I’ve been to India before, to race. Which was strange because India was such a poor place yet we had this massive, beautiful Grand Prix track made in the middle of nowhere. I felt very conflicted when I went to that Grand Prix.”
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By organizing races in these new countries (which don’t even have any history related to the same sports) i.e. China, South Korea, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Russia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey, it is becoming hard for other European countries to be in the spotlight forever.
Lewis said, “We’ve got a lot of real racing history in England, Germany, Italy and now in the States, it is starting to grow. But you only have one event per year in those places. If it was my business, I’d be trying to do more events in those countries.”
Once upon a time, when the Britishers ruled India, the original picture of our country changed. The foreign invaders robbed our country which used to be known as “sone ki chidiya” (golden bird) and left us with nothing.
But that’s okay, you can not kill a tree by just cutting down one of its branches. Things have changed, and everyone knows we are a developing country now. All that image of poor India is now a picture of the gone times.
Lewis early visits
Lewis had traveled to India in 2011 with Mercedes, where he was appreciated and loved by sports fans. He must have got the idea that finding F1 fans in a country with no history of such sports is not easy. He must be feeling blessed to race in India.
India is not poor and Lewis knew that himself. He already mentioned that he was shocked to see such a big track in India. But he ended up saying something that he cannot take back.
Hence, we can say that the reaction he is getting from Indians on Twitter, is something that he well deserves. And just to remind the fact, his country stole 20 trillion from India in the past. And now, we rephrase it in our history books as: “Britishers robbed 20 trillion from India”.
Hope that he gets some brains or just thinks before he makes any vile comments in future. Lewis called us a poor country. It’s okay, anyone can say whatever they want but it’ll be better if they check the facts before. Indian GDP is on number 6 in the world. And hell yeah, we have a huge population but we are still doing fine.