On life and its vagaries

The post modern (Indian ) society

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I have lived both in the rural and urban India’s, both seem the same to me, especially in my state. The dissimilarities have certainly thinned out, and for the worse too. Now the rural India is as bad as the urban India, most of the urban ‘delights’ are available in the villages as well, at least in the places I have been in. Globalization has seen to it that they  do. It has obliterated whatever goodness the people in the villages may have had in the past.

They have become so progressive  that the city folks goes in fear of them now. Modernism was late in coming to India. It arrived here only in the sixties of the last century and was mostly a literary movement. None of its thought structure was adopted here on a social level. But post modernism is like a flood , sweeping the entire globe. Being a primarily market related philosophy it is boosted and spread by the forces of market itself.

Negating everything including history makes good marketing strategy.

No wonder some advocate going back to nature…..

Cross cultural exchanges have one thing in common; they tend to cater to the worst elements in the human nature. I once asked a common man “why are people drawn towards evil?” He gave me an answer which I did not fully understand then. He said “because people are intelligent” There of course was sense in what he had said. It is intelligence which devises methods to enhance pleasure, and pleasure comes in many guises. I am not talking here merely about the personal moral depravity we all have in us in germinal form, however polished we may look on the outside. This intelligent misuse of our social, economical, emotional environment goes much deeper than that. It is as if we have some sort of sanction to break all established norms. From whom, we may ask, from ourselves of course. We are the lords and masters of our own internal universes and we would not permit opposition to our supremacy.

I know that terms like “evil” and “virtue” are subjective and can be viewed from different perspectives. But I would like to place the right to live as the primary objective of all living things and everything which trims that right has to be viewed with suspicion. Cultural dominance is subtle and can not be perceived in action unless one is on the look out for it. There is no method to exclude lesser healthier elements in the dominant culture from operating, but being aware of them goes a long way in being prepared when the attack comes

Can we turn back rural India to what it was before globalization? No, we can not and it has also brought several good things to the countryside in its wake.

The question remains, is this right direction to take? Well I do not know for one, there could be others more knowledgeable who can provide an answer.


Written by Sam

September 26, 2009 at 6:24 am

6 Responses

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  1. may be we can try something in between, we should not go back to past but we can take the better path.


    October 2, 2009 at 3:00 pm

  2. Perhaps someone with vision could lead us towards that course.


    October 2, 2009 at 7:35 pm

  3. or someone with expertise.. i wonder why dont politicians take help of people who know the fields 😦


    October 3, 2009 at 5:21 pm

  4. yeah, politicians should be more aware of the ills and seek the help of people like Amartya Sen.

    Such brilliant men are mostly underutilized in our polity.


    October 3, 2009 at 8:37 pm

  5. amartya sen and environmentalogists.. both.


    October 5, 2009 at 4:31 pm

  6. All sections of the intelligentsia need be included 🙂


    October 5, 2009 at 6:48 pm

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