As an Indian foreign correspondent, I have spent the last two decades explaining other countries to Indians and India to foreigners. It is a foolhardy endeavor. Reducing a nation to a few generalized brushstrokes is to come up against that "frenemy" of all who grapple with describing complex subjects: the stereotype.
The problem with stereotypes is that they are simultaneously accurate and misleading. They reveal glimpses of the truth, but in the way that a blind man touching an elephant's tail might believe an elephant to resemble a snake. And yet, they are cognitive shortcuts that human beings rely on to make sense out of the chaos of undifferentiated reality.