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Are the changes in India, such as the influence of western culture, technology, and loss of tradition, altering the country for the better?

I recently read a book in a class that talked about how the old traditions of India were quickly fading away in favor of money and being more corporate. I read that in most places, especially big cities, India is rapidly changing from its past ways and that this has its ups and downs. So I was wondering, do the good aspects out way the bad?


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    Jan 10 2013: Becky, I live in a rural setting and when I must I go to the city. You speak of India but is it really different than anywhere else. In the US we express that NYC is the big apple and unfriendly and unfeeling. We speak of Vegas as sin city, Dallas as where the East ends and Ft Worth as where the West begins. Each city has a slogan, nick name, and a personality

    Should we judge the population of New York based on the cab driver .... or India by the stockbroker in new Deli. In my travels around the world I have always got off of the tourest route and met the "people". Some are good some are bad. That is true everywhere.

    India is in growing pains. It is establishing its world identy and entering global economics and world trade. In a few years it will establish an idenity. Cultural changes take generations and are not national. Some areas will remain traditional forever and others will become more ... as you say ... western.

    The thing I would be careful of is to not identify any location with the movie and media accounts.

    All the best. Bob.
    • Jan 10 2013: Now that I look back on the question, I realize that I could have phrased it a little bit better. I know that I cannot base all my thoughts on India in what I learned in one class. The only way to really understand a country is to go there and immerse yourself in the real culture. The question came from a book called India Calling where the author gave stories of people who lived in India. Something that he and his characters were experiencing was a huge culture shift. I know it can be argued either way and depending on who you ask the question will vary. I was just wondering if people felt strongly about it one way or another. I do not think it is a useless question. I only hope that one day I can travel there and experience for myself.

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