Indian Culture, which is one of the oldest & richest cultures, is now days posing a serious threat as western culture is establishing its strong base in India and slowly and gradually wiping the Indian culture. It had already made its presence in Metro’s & now slowly heading towards other parts of India.
Westernization has greatly effected our traditions, customs, our family and our respect and love for others. The concept of joint families is fastly decreasing every one wants to remain aloof from others. No body now bother about others and only cares about himself which is totally contradictory to our Indian culture which teaches to be a part of each other Joy’s and Sorrows to celebrate the moments together and share the grief together. Slowly all our values for which India has the pride is vanishing & western culture is taking its place. People are blindly following the western culture without knowing its consequences.
Westernization has given rise to single families. Marriages are fastly breaking & our tolerance and patience has given the answer. The most effected are our new blooms, which have sprouted they find themselves stressed and isolated in this new atmosphere as there is no one to take care of them. They will not get the care and love of their Grand parents and they find themselves in crutches were some others will take care of them. It is very unfortunate that the new sprouts remain untouched and cut off from our moral values and sanskaras. In today’s Scenario were both husband & wife are working there is no one at home to look after them to inherit the sanskaras in them as our elders who gives these sanskaras to their grand children are not with them. To many cases it is not deliberate but in majority of case the children prefers to remain away from their parents which is very unfortunate.
There’s no harm in taking good things from western but this does not mean that we should completely adopt it and pretend to be western and misrepresent our identity. It is understandable that India is growing in every field and there is necessity of knowing all the cultures and their traditions. To some extent it is fine but we should not pretend that we dislike the Indian values and likes only western culture. We have to preserve our identity. One thing should be always kept in mind that western world is looking India for its honesty and its rich Cultural heritage.
It is shocking to see that Indians are forgetting their culture and western people are seeing India for obtaining salvation. They are coming here for seeking the true peace, which is total absent there. India has earned a good name in the field of Yoga and meditation were our gurus are giving teachings to western countries how to relax themselves & how to keep themselves away from disease were in India it is contradictory to it. People are only seeing money as necessity and for the same they do any thing, which is very shocking.
It is very unfortunate that today’s generation has very little knowledge about their culture, traditions & their roots. This is not their mistake but the mistake of their parents who does not enlighten their children about their roots about their rich cultural heritage.
Contradictory to it Parents feel proud in giving the western Sanskaras to their children. Children are brought up in this atmosphere. They are thus kept miles away from Indian culture. There is no harm in giving the knowledge of other cultures and traditions as Indians have made their presence in every part of world and it is very necessary that we should have knowledge of their culture, traditions and their language. We should do but to the limit, which is really needed, and also take care that our new sprouts are well versed with Indian culture and its values. It is the responsibility of parents to inherit the same and for this it is very necessary that parents should also be well versed with Indian culture and traditions.
No doubt the western culture is versatile and has taught to be self-independent but this does not mean that we will forget our culture at all and blindly follow it. Since India has the tradition to take good things from others but this does not mean that we will completely forget our values. We should feel proud that we are Indian s and we have such a rich cultural heritage which is very rare and should carry this forward and inherit the same to our New blooms who are going to be our future.
Thanks for this well worded blog of years ago revived in Sulekha!
I agree with the writer.
Now-a-days Indians are giving more priority to the western food, style,etc.This is very embarrassing for the Indians.
True we need to stick to our values and still absorb the progressive changes. Good blog.
Well said, westernization never says to forget our culture and values. Western culture has simple philosophy, find what you like(hobbies), do what you like, people should like you for what and how well you do you work and not what you do(don't judge people), marry someone you like, spread the love. So there is nothing wrong in celebrating diwali and all our festivals.
But there is definitely wrong in not marrying person you like just because he or she does not belong to your caste(Arrange Marriage). Western people are rich not only with money, but with heart, see how much they donate to people all around the world. In the end westernization of India has more good and less bad. Look at countries recently westernized countries in few decades, good example South Korea and Taiwan
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well written! good thoughts
however, on the following i have some comments
"there’s no harm in taking good things from western but this does not mean that we should completely adopt it and pretend to be western and misrepresent our identity. ............ one thing should be always kept in mind that western world is looking india for its honesty and its rich cultural heritage. "
we have assumed, taken, distorted, and misused quite a few things which is not western. disrespect for others, arguing for nothing, uncivil behavior, taunting ladies, etc. has increased a lot in the cities of india, to act "cool" which is not western rather assumed western.
and talking about honesty, well the western world is not looking to india for it, indian government and business people are not setting particularly good example. western people aren't dumb, the truth is known to them as much as to us.
but cultural heritage, ancient knowledge, yoga, aurveda etc. and some spiritual traditions, etc. yes to a significant extent.
but by far the worst impact, is the misuse of technology for destruction of the environment. rivers polluted, air polluted, cities stink, food full of pesticides, airconditioners set by default to 22deg.c (morons), toilets takes 2 flushes (2x11litres) to flush, and so on.
and city life - traffic signals and rules are not followed, cars with bad brakes allowed and kids get hit, on pedestrian crossings cars hit people, even old people and women, husbands make their wives carry the babies while wearing rs.40 plastic slippers whereas themselves wearing fancy italian look alike shoes and walking fast.
just look at the men driving the scooters with wives sitting in tha back, she has to sit sideways, with head turned one side, hold the baby with one arm, and the husband or seat with the other, maintain the balance while our inconsiderate macho drives through between the cars swinging left to righ unnecessarily, as if he is acting in a bollywood film.
yes india is still the greatest and has the best of many things, most villagers are still simply great people, but the cheap imitaion in the "elite" group has done more damage than good.
but concerned people like you can make a difference, if you spread the word and set example by own actions.
keep up the good effort.