Why is always India...??? Hundreds of foreigner come to Delhi alone, on a vacation, to work, or to study. I'm feeling jealous when i recognize this.. Jakarta, Semarang, Bandung, Jogjakarta, Surabaya also got everything that a big city like Delhi got. Even somehow, in some aspect, big cities in Indonesia is better than Delhi. Like the weather, the cleanliness, the hospitality of the people, the big shopping mall and fancy restaurant. So, why is always India?? In the news, in the internet, in magazines, etc.. people always talk about India. Thousands of people from Europe, America and East Asia wants to go here, tons of international NGO and social organization donate for the development of India. In 2004 tsunami disaster, Indonesia is the country that suffers the most, but the amount of international donation that goes to India is a lot more compared to Indonesia. Everyman on this planet knows India but not Indonesia. Indonesia is the fourth most populist country, but when i said "Indonesia" to some people that asked me where i come from, some of them doesn't even now where it is located, or what is the capital!! Most of them said that i am the first Indonesian that they met. So, what gives???
They got metro rail here, but what?? a lot other also got that one too
The first thing i noticed is that there's a LOT of people speaking in English here. And they are not just English, but a perfect English, with nice grammar and chosen words. There is a huge number of scholar and smart guy also in Indonesia, but that doesn't guarantee that they can speak English. Maybe they wrote a lot of stories, essays, researches etc, but all in Indonesian.. So, that doesn't have any benefit to other people living in this planet!! in the other hand, Indian scholar always made their publication in English, and spread it to all over the world. Movies, stories, web posts, etc. There are thousand of news websites, tourism websites education websites etc. in Indonesia, but only a few are using English. so, how can we expect that the foreigner all over the world will know our condition here?? how can we expect them to come to study in Indonesian universities, if they don't know anything about the universities at all?? in the contrary, ALL Indian universities got their websites in English, and even they promote it to the whole world!
Learning from the beginning, makes a big differences
Maybe this language problem is just a small problems, but if we want to have our country recognized by the whole world, the first step is clear.. Publicize it!! and off course publicize it in English words.