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Lecturrete Topic 102 - Indian Society – Turning to Western Way of Life


India is a secular country where the people have the freedom to practice any religion and also to convert into another religion of their choice. So, all the cultures are freely accepted and respected by the Indians. It's an environment to cultivate or build oneself ethically, socially and in all other aspects that lead an all over human development.Every culture is a combination of some good and bad features. All in one, culture means 'a way of life'. Every geographical body has its own custom viz. culture. People of different nations are recognized by their culture. One should be proud on its impressive traditions. It is the responsibility of all citizens to preserve their own ethnicity.

Indian culture is richly known in other parts of the world since the ancient age. Its multi-diverse flavour has been consistently unique in its very own way. Manners, traditions, living and trading patterns etc. are one of the graceful components of Indian culture. The most important feature of Indian culture is its values. These values are deeply rooted within the heart, mind, body and soul of its dwellers.

But, the influence of western culture started in India during the 19th century when the british established their colony in the country.

Western culture, considered as the most advanced culture on globe, has started surmounting its flavour on Indian roots. Western culture has always shown its influence on Indian society. This could be for the multiple reasons like fascination, dreamy autonomy etc., which are somehow absent in Indian culture. Western culture conveys and promotes the ideas and values of advanced civilization across people of India.

There are ample of good things found in the western culture, which every Indian should proudly learn and adopt. But what about the negative influences of the western culture? Every package comes with pros and cons. Indians should definitely use the culture strain before getting diluted under the flow of any cultural influence. The leading reasons for such impact are pursuit of wealth and power of Western media.The culture of India has been shaped not only by its long history, unique geography and diverse demography, but also by its ancient heritages. Regarded by some historians as the "oldest living civilization of Earth", the Indian tradition dates back to 8,000 BC and has a continuous recorded history for over 2,500 years.

Westernization should not affect the core traditions of Indian society but may change the lifestyle and apparent characteristics of the society with the graceful add-ons like punctuality, trustworthiness, loyalty, professionalism should be welcomed and adored.These changes are like betraying our old way of life, which we obtained through our ancestors. Updating is necessary but getting washed-off in influence is wide of the mark. If this continues, days will not be far away when the famous Indian civilization would be buried not by others but by the Indian themselves.

Due to globalization the rich culture of India is disappearing. The most impact is of western culture on India culture. Western culture is based more on materialistic factors where as our culture has a spiritual base.

The culture of India is been disappearing by many ways , youths in India do not respect their elders, the families in India live separate. And thus have lost contact with their other relatives. The big point which is making the culture of India to disappear in bollywood the dressing style of the actresses, the slang word used in movies has been influencing the youth to take bad steps in their life. The young ones try to act the same as these actors do which is very bad to the culture of India.

Impact on Indian Society:

A silent revolution occurred in the Indian society. There started conflict between the conservatives and reactionaries and the progressive Indians. The conservatives were in favour of the old traditional way of life and shouted against the encroachment of the Western culture.

On the other hand the progressive groups of the Indian society focused the attention of the people on the major social evils like the untouchability, un-equality, backwardness of the women, child marriage, Pardha system, illiteracy, polygamy and Devadasi system etc. and influenced the people to accept good things of the West.

This has aroused the social consciousness and helped the growth of middle classes. They were liberally conferred on the aristocracy and princely order. By these methods the conservative aristocracy rallied round the British. With their effort many social evils could disappear quickly. A new life and conduct was introduced in Indian society by the west. The younger generation has accepted the individualistic view point that has tended to loosen our social bonds. The institution of joint family and the caste system have received very rude shock.

The influence of the West had been beneficial for uprooting our social evils. Inspiration for social reforms has been derived from the West. The liberation of womanhood from the bonds of social tyranny became a possible due to the impact of western way of social life.

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