This is one of the most hilarious and self-serving excuses I have ever heard for Indians being chaotic : we are different !
In a TED Talk, Devdutt Pattanaik says “two fundamentally different sets of beliefs about God, death and heaven” separate Indians from the west and explain the differences in contrasting behaviors. West being structured, orderly and Indians being unstructured and chaotic, have something to do with their religious beliefs.
I definitely agree that this is one of the most creative expressions, but I think a lousy excuse for being “well, it depends” and “I am like this because of my religious beliefs”.
The key reason for chaos, I believe, lies in the rule of law and the kind of respect people have for any rule of law. Spare all those stories of Ethics and all that. People are taught in every way possible, the only way to survive and succeed is by NOT following any kind of rule of law. Many even say that it is impossible to find a successful Indian that is not corrupt.
Imagine how Indians treat if some Indian refuse to pay bribe. They laugh at that person, ridicule in every possible way and literally socially outcast that person. And think about how they would treat a person that defy those rules and get things done by all but honest way. A hero of sorts.
If they were to believe truly in any religion, Indians won’t be like what they are today. The typical Indian ideology doesn’t belong to any religion that I know of.