Indian cultural values have nothing to fear from globalization

Let’s talk about globalization first. Globalization describes an ongoing process by which regional economies, societies, and cultures have become integrated through a globe-spanning network of communication and trade. Globalization term may be new, but originally it is not new. The most common and dominant cultures and economies had always made an impact on other societies and economies. Either we see it during Indus Valley civilization or Islamic Golden Age. Globalization was playing a role there. There were trade routes between distant countries at that time too. Some popular commodities like silk or spices were being exported to other countries. The knowledge and idea were also being transferred from one place to other. Like number system from India travelled to Arab during Islamic Golden age and from there travelled to Europe in the 12th century. So, globalization is a term used frequently since last 30 years. But, its root is in the history.

Evolution of a culture is inevitable. The nature of Indian culture was different before Aryans came in India. Even it changed when Moghuls conquered India and Islamic influence try to change Indian culture. If you just see in the past 50 years the culture has changed a lot. Even those who believe that they are very much attached to the cultural values, have some changes in their cultural values than that of their fore fathers. The cultural difference can be found all across India. The culture of southern and Northern states is diverse. We call collectively the culture of whole India as one Indian culture.

Indian culture is changing every day. India adopts good from every new culture which comes close to it. Both new and old culture in its time is regarded as Indian culture. Elders will always feel that young people are following new culture. What exactly we can say is truly Indian culture one that is followed by our elders or one which is before Moghuls invaded India or the one we believe to be there during Lord Ram? The culture we will follow 30 or 40 years from now will also be different from now. But, still at that time too it will be regarded as Indian culture worldwide.

The language of India has changed a lot since past 1000 years. From Sanskrit to Prakrit to Apbhransa, language has changed a lot. India had seen even Persian and Farsi language being followed. Urdu and Hindi are very new in the list. So, even one language is not a concrete part of Indian culture. Hindi when followed by many was regarded as a slang language. But, today we say it is the language of gentlemen. In India, we are moving towards English and it may possible that we in future have to adopt some new language. However, again it will be a part of Indian culture.

Globalization surely impacts on the Indian culture. And, the alternation of culture is inevitable. However, there is nothing to fear from it. It is just like fearing from unavoidable death. So, Indian cultural values have nothing to fear from Globalization.

Beauty Contests Degrade Womanhood

Do Beauty Contests Degrade Womanhood
Do Beauty Contests Degrade Womanhood?

 

First let us know what exactly does womanhood means? Womanhood’ means ‘qualities traditionally possessed by a woman’. Here, I’m just discussing about India.

But, before discussing traditional quality of woman in Indian cultures, first talk about beauty contest. Beauty contest is a competition in which young ladies participate. There are various rounds for elimination like swimsuit round, evening gown round, personality test round and finally question answer round. After all these rounds the winner is the one who is the most beautiful but also most intelligent. Not to say, these contests target beauty with the brain or simply ‘a smart woman’.

In most of the beauty contests in India, there is no swimsuit round, the round which is the most in question and some say is a vulgar round. So, those contests which have just normal personality test round or question answer round can’t be even considered as degrading womanhood.

But yes, national level contests have all the rounds mentioned by me. Now, just think about it, almost all women participating in swimsuit are used to with swimming or swimming costume. And, they don’t swim in private. They swim in public in front of other males. How swimming in a contest can degrade womanhood but not swimming in public?

Let’s talk about culture; many argue that beauty contests are against Indian culture. But, what is Indian culture? Indian culture of the past also included child marriage, sati system, dowry system and prohibition of widow remarriage. Some of it is still in practice.

Apart from this, womanhood aka traditional qualities possessed by women are being an idle wife, who don’t argue with husband, produce and care children, don’t interfere in monetary matters, and doesn’t talk with other men, stays in home and above all possess shyness. But, now a day, boundaries of womanhood is more flexible and expanded. Woman is now becoming equal part of family. They are earning, working and even managing companies and countries. So, we can’t argue about degradation of womanhood taking medieval time’s definition. We have to take present time’s example.

Beauty contest are in no way altering womanhood in modern era. You may take the example of Aishwarya Rai. She had won Miss World contest in 1994. She was also awarded by Miss Photogenic by Miss World organization. After that for one year she toured all around the world for welfare programs organized by the organization. What she gave back to India is no shame from the world. But, name and fame that Indian women are also among the most beautiful. She appeared in Bollywood, married to Abhishek Bachchan. In no way she had degraded image of Indian women. I’m very much sure, no one sitting here had even saw the swimsuit round photo of Aishwarya Rai. I have. It’s on my desktop. We never say that Aishwarya Rai had once participated in swimsuit round. We just remember her as the most beautiful woman of the planet.

Miss India in present time is just a talent hunt for becoming models. Those who most care about all the news and updates about Miss India contest are mainly associated with fashion world. We don’t even know in which month every year Miss India contest is been organized. So, where is the point of degradation of womanhood? If the public is not even interest how can it degrade their moral values?

No one sitting here can say that Beauty contest upgrade womanhood. So, Beauty contest neither upgrade nor degrade womanhood. Simply saying there is no relation between beauty contests and womanhood.

 

Do Banning Fashion Shows & New Year Parties Save Our Culture

SURAJKUND INDIAN HANDICRAFT AND CULTURE MELA (809) © by rajkumar1220

Every country, every region is recognised by some particular features of their culture. It may be some food, attire, language or tradition. Like Chow Mein is eaten by people around the world, but it always reminds about Mainland China. Reiki, a healing and medication technique, always reminds about Japan. Just in the same way India is linked with Yoga, Ayurveda or Sari. But, do these really describe the original culture of a region? In the recent Commonwealth Games, which held in New Delhi, the programmes performed by different artistes were focused to demonstrate varieties in Indian culture. A lot of space in its programmes was occupied by performances showing various tribal groups. But, do they really represent us. I was amazed to see that something which even new to me, an Indian, was shown to the world representing us. India has come a long way ahead of the label given to India as A state of snake charmers. But, still the programme which was intended to show the power of India was showing pasts of India. Is it really our culture?

Culture is not something which is a fixed for any region. The nature of Indian culture before Aryans came here was different than after that. Even when Moghuls conquered India, Islamic influence changed the culture a bit. Every old people feel that culture of their time was real culture of India, and now, it has distorted. Strange to know that even their fathers used to think the same when our elders were young. So, what is really the culture of India? What we are following right now or what they used to follow 25 years back or what was used to be before Moghuls came to India. Hard to tell, isn’t it?

Culture is something which changes a bit every year, every time. We always accept amendments to the culture when required. Not just a single person, but whole society. But, it is a slow process, which could be only seen by viewing in large frame of time. Currently we see reception parties organised after marriage. It is a very common practice. But, it was not part of Indian culture few decades back. When the practice started, elder ones used to comment, is bride a show piece that you want to show the society. But, how many of you can say now that it is not part of Indian wedding ceremonies. This was just an example to show how culture changes with time.

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Either we talk about fashion shows or New Year parties, both in itself are not really a part of our culture, if we see twenty or thirty years back. Fashion shows are still not regarded as but New Year is in many ways something which everyone is celebrating. It is a way to find time to enjoy with friends and family. We now follow Gregorian calendar, by which 1st January is New Year day. So, we enjoy this day with family and friends. Don’t we still enjoy our earlier form of calendar as the festival of Holi?

Now, let’s talk about fashion shows. Fashion shows are something which creates interest among apparel or fashion world. It is truly concentrated towards showing dresses by fashion house and designers. It is totally a form of advertisement business. So, are they investing their money on something in which Indians are not interested? No, they are certainly not. It is totally based on likes and dislikes of their customers. The mentality of their consumers has changed a lot. Fashion shows are just going in the same flow. Yes, it is changing our culture. But, change is culture is inevitable.

Hindi was once hated in India. It was just a slang language. But, now, none of us could say it is not part of Indian culture. We should not try to bound culture or give it a direction or block its direction. If it interests the citizens of India, why should they be banned? Banning fashion shows and New Year parties are not going to save our culture. As it is improving the culture our India which is the demand of time, not corrupting it.