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Culture is who we really are…

“Civilization is what we have and culture is what we are” _ Dr.sarvepali Radhakrishnan

A teenager girl wearing shalwar kameez, dupatta, offering namaz seems quite shocking to our youth .We are greatly influenced by western culture as it looks more trendy and modern. What one means by trendy and modern, and whether what good does it bring, is a different debate altogether. Western culture is presented to the world as something to be really proud of.

We can’t deny the fact that the West being more powerful have more resources, to influence the public opinion and shape them according to its will. Led by wealthy Western conglomerates, the fashion and beauty parameters are determined by the West, simply due to its hold on media, their high tech facilities and globalization. It seems that everything needs to be modern and fashionable as per the criteria of the West. Gradually it seems, West is painting our roots with its own colors.

However, at the end it is up to us that how much we let west dominate us, and create a gulf between us and our true identity. Here and thus begins the test of our Faith.  We have to struggle
to keep our true identity as western influence is very strong and dominating.

We should act like a nation who has a strong hold over its culture and values not like a one who is confused between what they should follow and what they should leave behind.

I believe that whilst there is no harm in adopting good things out of Western culture in our lives but as they say TOO MUCH OF ANYTHING IS HARMFUL.

We have to learn to balance our own culture and values with the others. Only if things are in balanced state and the adoption is limited can lead to development. Alternatively we are on a path of self-destruction.


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