Western Culture Has Done More Harm Than Good For India
We moved on from polygamy, but with the coming of western culture, we moved on to multiple casual relationships. We moved on from blindly believing in our own superstitions, to blindly believing in what the westerners think is reasonable. We eradicated polio and small pox, but western body fads and western culture brought anorexia and teenage pregnancies. We have toiled for decades to accelerate our progress and are now letting western culture compel us to take a U-turn, heading back to being worse than from we started.
Good Morning. I'm Akshata Katyayana, and I will be going for the topic, "Western Culture Has Done More Harm Than Good For India".
Firstly, we see western concepts being grossly misinterpreted and imbibed into Indian mindsets. Vogue empower, for instance, released a video on feminism, a concept that has streamed in from the west. Here Deepika Padukone was featured saying, "To have a physical relationship outside of marriage, my choice." Feminism, or equality of the sexes, was here misinterpreted and propagated as female superiority, "empowering" a female to immorally toy with somebody's emotions, dignity and loyalty.
Next, we see fairness creams, shamelessly flooding Indian homes and markets, promising us to get rid of melanin, a biological adaptation to protect us from t he tropical sun.
After two hundred years of exercising administrative imperialism over us, the westerners are ruling us by cultural imperialism, and we are oblivious of the repercussions. From clothes to automobiles, western brands are what Indian consumer dreams are made of. And so we are entirely dependent on them, our economy in their clutches and our history very vulnerable to being repeated.
Can you even fathom how much more India is capable of progressing, sans the frantic Indian obsession for careers in the west? For every patriot like Dr. Kalam, there is a massive brain drain of hundreds of Indians to the west. 36 percent of NASA scientists are Indian.
My worthy opponents may consider western technology as a boon to India. But in my opinion, it is a bane. Because the capital intensive western technology works wonders as a catalyst of progress in western countries, with ample finances and small populations. Whereas in India, it drains our finances, while on the other hand, ironically, skilled and uneducated unemployment is rampant. Moreover, as we are squandering on highly power intensive western technology and our consumerism is booming exponentially, our non renewable resources are depleting at lighting fast paces, simultaneously causing global warming, and sustainable development takes a back seat.
My esteemed opponents may also choose to echo the unanimous beliefs of generations of Indians, that 'equality' and 'fraternity' are a gift of the French Revolution, and democracy taught to us by the British. 1500BC. Rigveda. Mandala 5. Sukta 60. Mantra 5 is as transalated, "No one is inferior or superior," in other words, equality, "All are brothers, all must strive for the interest of all, and progress collectively," in other words, fraternity. Speaking of democracy, the Republic of Vaishali in ancient Bihar, 600BC, is the oldest democracy in the world. And this is infelicitous, even shameful, that these ideals from our ancient texts and civilisations are dismissed as redundant. But when a western revolution glorifies them, we gratefully accept it as their invaluable gift to our culture.
I think we can surely take a cue from the South-east Asian countries. Japan, for instance, ranks 12th in the world in development whereas India, 136. Why?
Because the Japanese acknowledge that a motherland’s ancient cultural practices are the stepping stones to success. Whereas Indians are trying to veil their hundreds of millennia of enviable cultural heritage under the shallow cultural practices of a region whose history screams organised violence, exploitation and slavery. Because Japanese delegates are accompanied by translators on international platforms. Whereas in India, a common man who cannot speak English is socially ostracised. We Indians need to realise that globalisation is not synonymous with westernization. Hence I reiterate t hat western culture has done us more harm than good. Mr. Modi, Starbucks has irrevocably trampled our chaiwaalas.