India is justifiably jubilant after Slumdog Millionaire picked up eight Oscars on Monday.
There are striking parallels between the story of Jamal— the slumdog who became a millionaire—and resurgent India. Both have faced ample adversity and yet strived to break out of the dark circle of poverty.
The movie explains this poignantly: so it is quintessentially about the Indian dream.
India’s rising star in recent years bears this out. When it emerged from decades of weak growth, the country was the global slumdog. It is now on the path to becoming a millionaire, so to say.
Be it our technology companies or the neighbourhood chaiwallas, Indians can be as innovative and street-smart as Jamal.
Ask yourself the question posed at the beginning of the film, though in the national context. The boy (country) wins because: (a) He cheated; (b) He is lucky; (c) He is a genius; (d) It is written.
The answer you pick will reveal a lot about how you view India.