Today’s generation, particularly the youth, are all out to ape the Western culture. It has become a craze among the youth to have a lifestyle like that of Westerners.
No doubt that this is an impact of print and electronic media on our generation. The elders in the society state that our generation has become a slave of Western culture. Some of the orthodox minds go still further to stress that the Western culture takes our youth to a wrong destination and that the strange behaviour of our youth is due to the ill effects of Western culture.
There is no reason for our elders to accuse the Western culture for the ills in our society. Every culture has its positive as well as negative aspects. Our own Indian culture too has good and bad sides. Therefore whether it is Indian or Western culture, it is the duty of every individual to make ‘use’ of it and not to make ‘misuse’ of it. Today’s youth are misusing the Western culture because our elders, educationists and reformers have failed to make our children understand the importance of our Indian culture.
I do not agree with the opinion that the Western culture is ruining our youth. This is absurd. The Western culture, not only in our country but throughout the world, is responsible to a great extent for bringing about development and change on social, economic, educational, scientific, etc, fields thus helping humankind to move towards progress. If one glances into the past, we find numerous examples where Western cultural ethos has helped to remove superstitions, fallacies and disastrous acts from our own Indian culture. Some of the examples are:
In the past, the marriage ceremony used to take place in the temple. It was only a religious ceremony. It had no value as far as law is concerned. Due to this, many a time, women were at the receiving end mostly when the husband died and the question of right over the properties among the family members arose. The Portuguese in Goa and Britishers in the rest of...
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