A Fusion of Western Culture Forming the Gen-next in India
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India, once the land of rich cultural legacy and heritage, is now a mere shadow of its past riches. As one reminisces of India’s past, the generation-X is busy aping the cultural jargons of the West. Starting right from dresses to food and lifestyle, everything reflects a stark resemblance to the Western ethos. Culture definitely is not one community or nation’s legacy. The more it spreads, the better it is. For instance, the famous Aryans of India, trace their roots from the West. Speaking Indo-European languages like Latin, Greek, Russian, Persian, English, German, and Sanskrit, the Aryans did bring the external cultural elements to India, while creating the perfect fusion of European-Persian-Indian culture.
A greater impact of cultural transfusion is reflected in trading activities. Dating back to the Indus Valley Civilization, one comes across innumerable evidences of IVC’s trade relations with Central Asia and Mesopotamia. Countless coins, tablets and jewelry items of Harappan origin have been found at Mesopotamian sites. This itself explains that, what is called cultural aping was better identified as cultural transfusion way back in ancient times. In a way, the so called cultural mimics of India, cannot be blamed for getting influenced by the hep and happening western culture. However, the greatest harm is done by the confused thoughts and misconceptions that majority Indians harbor in their minds. For instance, most men think that they can harass a woman simply because she is dressed in western outfits. This is an utter misinterpretation of cultural values. Indians might find western outfits skimpy, but that doesn’t justify harassing women adorned in the same. It was just few days back in August 2011, Lalu Prasad from the Rashtriya Janata Dal, severely criticized the issue of decriminalisation of homosexuality in India. This shows a contradiction of thoughts and ideals from one generation to another and from one gender to another as well.
Though the usual notion goes that the Indian parliament is a probable replica of the British parliament. But unlike the usual notion, there are major fundamental differences between the two parliamentary setups. The biggest difference lies in the fact that the British parliament doesn’t have a written constitution. Compared to the Indian parliament, the British parliament has evolved over a time of 300 years and has apparently no limitations where sovereignty is concerned. On the contrary the Indian parliament has certain limitations. The Indian President has certain executive, judicial and legislative powers. The Supreme Court and High Court Judges including the attorney general, the state governors, the comptroller and auditor general and the chief commissioner including the election commission members are appointed in his name.
He is the Indian Armed Forces’ Supreme Commander. He plays an important part in diplomatic decisions of the country. However, the major powers, decisions and actions lie with the Prime Minister who has the reigns of the political developments of the country in his or her hands. On the other hand the British Monarchy represented by Queen Elizabeth II at present and the monarchy has minimum direct participation in the government decisions. The Queen in Parliament exercises legislative powers with the Parliament’s consent. This also includes the House of Commons and the House of Lords. ‘Her Manjesty’s Government’ exercises the Executive power.
In fact, in India, a bright light of truth reveals the images of the members of various parties, some of whom have major criminal records tagged to their names. Despite attempting to match the western countries in culture and lifestyle, there are certain things that will significantly reflect the air of Indianness.
Trying to fit into others’ shoes has no harm in it, but we bring the element of damage into the scenario with wrong interpretations. Today a number of foreign brands, fashion houses and eating outlets have their branches in India and majority Indians love these brands. However, this doesn’t reduce the essence of Indianization to any extent.