'You can expect bundles of surprises from Indians'

'You can expect bundles of surprises from Indians'

“Indians have a nice way of arguing and it is fun to interact with them and especially students react differently to the arguments,” says veteran jurist from Germany who is in India to deliver talks in various universities.

The 70-year-old Hochshule Bremen from University of Applied Sciences in Germany tells that India is wonderful land with the brains of intellectually arguing capacity. I have not seen people anywhere in the world like Indians who argue in a refined manner,” he adds.

“I have been visiting India since 15 years and I have visited Manipal not less than 6 to 7 times. The surprising fact in India is that we find two categories of people and this is another important feature I like about Indians. One cannot expect sureness kind of attitude among Indians, the very next moment the person may have bundles of surprises waiting for him,” he added.

Stating that he finds pleasure in interacting with Indians, Bremen says, “I have friendly contacts with people over here. Indians are sensitive, tolerant besides being friendly. I have many issues to discuss with them. Right from discipline to philosophy, each issue concerned with India is a matter of interest. The uniqueness about India that I found is the old historical roots being part of Hindu heritage,” he tells and adds “of course, the exotic part of India has attracted me a lot. The wide views of panoramic landscapes rarely found in Germany are really beautiful. I just escaped home weather to avoid myself getting freeze,” he added.

About quality of education
Bremen has observed a wide gap among the universities in India itself and the quality of education offered. He says the private owned colleges offer good quality of educational infrastructures when compared to universities owned by government. “We don’t find this huge difference back in Germany. It is marginal there. I have come across many universities in India which I don’t want to name that are not good enough as that of Manipal. This is a poor state of affairs. The range is broader,” he tells.

“Indian parents are excellent examples of caring as they are dearer to their children. While in Germany, we try to educate our children to be independent at earlier stage. I find it necessary to allow them to grow as independent. However, there exist an intimate relationship between parents and children,” he tells.

Going back down the memory lane he adds, “I chased my kids out of my house when they were old enough.”

Bremen says the most important thing he never forgets is to carry medicines on his tour to India. He also does the same when he visits Latin American countries and China. “I need to be careful enough as I am not immune as Indians.”

He opined that there is need for exchange of intellectual skills. Educated people should work in across border situation, he opines. “People of both the countries are different. People with different background, views and characters should try working in groups. We should cope in an entirely different atmosphere and it is at the best when we are young.”

Currently, Bremen is working on collection of funds for scholarships to help out his new venture of student and faculty exchange programme with Indian universities.

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