Originally posted by moomin4455
While I kind of see where you're coming saying that there's a dichotomy between the Eastern and Western mind is a bit much. Much of the scientific achievement we see today was built on advances made in the East: the Mesopotamians, Arabic scholars, civilisations based in the Indus valley, China. With the rise in power in the West, religion is all we can offer? I think not. I think that's a severe misconception.
How can India become a trendsetter? Trendsetter implies that people want to mimic you, follow what you do. India is unique and has much to offer, but it's swamped with cultural/societal issues. The inequality among men and women here is a problem.
Wearing a salwaar kameez is 'bad' and 'traditional', so girls tend to go to the extreme to prove how modern they are. But showing off your legs is not modern. Standing up for your beliefs and being independent is modern, whether it's stating your right to work, to wear what you want, to have a family and be a housewife or not care if you never have sons.
How much support does a woman in a rural part of India receive when she says she doesn't want to marry at 19 and wants to go to school, to university? Can a woman clothed from top to bottom go out at night with another man of her age and not be considered a s**t and raped brutally? There are deep, systemic flaws in Indian society and they are not isolated, but widespread. The rape cases coming to light, the behaviour of the police - all of this doesn't endear the country. It doesn't make other countries want to be like India.
I'm not saying other countries which are seen as trendsetters, like the US are not without their own problems, but I won't refer to them.
Ayyo, agree Bim somewhat me thinks. But I don't think it's a country's culture or society that makes it a trend setter. It's the importance any said country is given by others that make it trending and it has nothing to do with their quality of ideals. If we really look at Western cultures, are they really that appealing that so many different societies want to emulate them? I don't thin so and I don't understand this affinity we have towards anything West. I said it earlier, to me it's just a really bad case of inferiority complex that we need to get over.
There are plenty of things to improve in India but let's look at how long it took an apparent trendsetter like America to change its laws, ideals when it came to basics such as civil rights and gender equality. It wasn't until recently that we saw these movements happen. Recently meaning relative to how long America has been around as a country. So if its freedom and equality for all that makes the West so appealing, is this the so called trend setter we would like to follow?
Or should we look back into our history to the rule of the Mughals under Akbar who was a man centuries ahead of his time. Someone who went from being an intolerant ruler to promoting religious tolerance, encouraging philosophical debates, and allowing cultural integration. Maybe the subcontinent should look at its own history as some sort of trend to follow instead of regressing even more into this complex.
Edited by McNinja - 06 March 2013 at 9:55am