Excerpts from “Simple Alternative Development Strategy”
” IMPACT ON CULTURE ETC. With political, economic and military strength, India’s ways of life, habits, attitudes and in general, India’s culture will find acceptance by the people all over the world, in the same way as the Western culture is being accepted all over the world now, as universal culture. Thus India can become a superpower in all fields. (First January is the new year in the Christian calendar, Most of the people in economically strong Western countries being Christians, an increasing number of Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Sikhs, Jains etc. are celebrating 1st January as the new year day. Similarly, celebrating the birthdays with cutting cakes is not the culture of Hindus, Sikhs etc, but the cultural influence of economically strong Western countries is so strong that even in villages cutting cakes on birthdays is becoming a sign of advancement and fashion. In facrt, cake is not an Indian item at all.. The dress men, women and children wear has already become or is becoming, Western, all over the world. If India becomes economically powerful, it could resist the attack of Western culture and its own culture would come to be accepted automatically all over the world. It does not need to make efforts for this. There is no point or use in accusig Western countries of cultural imperialism.
(While there are so many good things- manners, work ethics and other habits, customs etc- to learn from Western countries, Indians- particularly the “educated and the elite”- seem to have preference to learn inconsequential things like using different types of forks, knives, spoons, glassware etc. while at meals, ways of greeting people, expressing love, affection, grief, solidarity, celebrating the birthdays, wedding days etc.)