I'd say that wise words, wise people are everywhere... people appreciate them, but lets face it. It's a material world. In the end everyone does what they want. This is more to do with human nature..
I actually think, why would you want to go as far as Gandhi ji, every parent in home teaches their children how to be righteous, how to not go astray and all... does anyone follow it perfectly, as they are told and taught??
No body takes things taught in their family itself seriously...and Gandhi ji is someone faraway.
But, I'd like to add one more point too. The Constitution of India has certain Gandhian principles(some Directive Principles of State Policy) The govt. atleast while making policies does keep all these principles in mind... but the fault occurs in implementation and maintenance of the policy . I'll give you certain examples of Gandhian principles which are taken seriously, and some others which arent...
1 - Establishment of Local Self-governing bodies... this is a very serious issue, that govt is tackled and is still tackling with.. this is actually a brilliant one, that is issential for inclusive growth.
2 - Education and economic assistance for children/families from weaker sections... yes, this is a burning issue in the nation and there has some little progress... in snail's pace.
3 - Promotion of cottage industries... there are very few surviving cottage industries today. Frankly speaking, I wont be surprised if they will be washed out in 5-10 years because, it's impossible for them to survive... high costs, low demand... what more can the govt do than provide subsidies/promote when most people wont buy their services?
4 - Prohibition of liquor, tobacco etc... LMAO! Liquor and cigarette industries are FLOURISHING industries in the nation.
So... as you can see, the first two principles were like evergreen ones. They are essential for the growth, survival of the nation. The last two are also very wise principles but, they just arent feasible in the real world, in the 21st century.
The ones like economic growth, literacy, protection of women rights, local self-governing bodies are much real, much needed. The govt is working on it, it is passing bills and making it's efforts to upgrade the society, to protect it's people... just that the country is highly populous, the religion is dominant, the patriarchial society, male dominance, child marriages, is still accepted. The people(most) are themselves complacent with the existing studpidity and low values that hinder the progress of the nation. Consititution provisions, wise men's words are all there... but, it is the man that has to change... which isnt happening. (this includes the lazy incumbent govt. officials too!)
Coming to culture ...it's an ever changing thing. The culture you are talking about was prolly 100 years ago's culture. Yes, there are people that have horrendous fashion sense and move like they belong to some culture, which looks completely hollow. Yes, there are people without any ethical values, and all. But this is 2012. These people are Indians. People 'own' certain type of culture, some 'principles', values. Today is what culture is, whether it looks too gaudy or too plain or too shallow too imitative and un-original according to you and me. It's pitiful that many people have no originality, or any ethical values and aesthetic sense... but, that's the way people are. No Gandhi can reach out for them, their own parents cannot!
Edited by Angel-likeDevil - 06 October 2012 at 12:46pm