Originally posted by lonely0planet
Originally posted by moomin4455
1Mehak, 2Akbar was awesome
- he has his faults as all emperors do. But he was tolerant of other religions and even formed his own religion too.
But I do think culture or perception of culture is very much a part of a country being seen as a trendsetter. Look at China - it's economic growth is still incredibly fast. There is so much investment, but will China be a trendsetter in the near future? Not likely, because a lot of people in the West find its fusion of neo socialism and capitalism alien. There s still a crack down on civil liberties, still a human rights issue.
Let's face it, the US is the trendsetter globally and has been for a several decades - maybe even more. Perhaps it's because a young country made of immigrants - it doesn't have a unified culture or identity ie it's not encumbered by age old traditions and culture like other countries. It certainly has it's faults, but in the US people are free to grumble, whine and protest vocally about issues. How many times has the government been criticized? Is there any threat of being taken in for questioning for 'treason' for the average moan about how crappy Republicans or Democrats are?
According to the image or perception of either countries, do people want to be 3 like Americans or like the Chinese? A lot of people would say they want to be like, or follow the lifestyle of the former. Is that right? Who knows!!
Disclaimer: yes I live in the States. No I am not American and nor am I an America-lover. To any Chinese individuals apologies if I caused offence but these are my opinions.
one who is Mehak here
two same question to you if Akbar was awesome or not, were you born in that time? may be he was image conscious or tyrant and did not let anything negative get to the publication.. its simple right ? there was no free press..
three are there only 2 countries in the world? may be that's what they show in schools in US or wherever you were schooled
very depressing either way
I stand by my comment that compared to other Mughal emperors Akbar wasn't bad - it's all relative. His son was much less tolerant - and he must have had the same 'PR machine' but still comes across as far less tolerant of Hindus and those of other religions during his reign.
I agree with Mehak's (McNinja) that one CAN have opinions about historical individuals, places etc because you cannot throw ALL of history saying it is biased. It is without a doubt, but we have a plethora of evidence that gives us an idea of general aspects - enough to formulate an opinion.
I used the 2 countries in the context of East and West. Please tell me who the main trendsetter is globally? If not the USA then who else? OK one can count Europe, I grew up in the in the UK. And all I see is the increasing Americanisation of society - the food, the films, TV etc. Aspects of hip hop culture are emulated by teens. My husband grew up in South Africa and Greece watching MTV, listening to American bands, eating American fast food like we all do as teens...on both continents! People want to be American so America is a trendsetter.
Even the Chinese who I used in reference because they have such a strong cultural identity, are emulating aspects of American culture from the food, to consuming America brands etc - among those who are more affluent - and that section of society is increasing. The same can be said for India perhaps?
My gut feeling is that people do not want to be Indian - they do not want to, en masse, adopt aspects of the culture. In my opinion that is what is needed for a country to be seen as a trendsetter; a desire for other cultures to emulate your own. How can India be that when the world is exposed to the problems within its society?
My schooling was excellent thank you.