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What has the western culture brough to india? are these things good or bad?

Something i found out is that many believe 'accepting homosexuality' is a very western view, and the india should not be tricked into following these views.
I would like to know certain types of technology, possibly teaching styles, even school sponsorships.

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    Jan 21 2014: 'Accepting homosexuality' is too specific, and misses the overall message, which is to leave others free to live their lives in the way they deem best. Tolerance is the western view that we still struggle with ourselves. It naturally follows from the idea that all people are created equal.
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    Jan 21 2014: It is a give a take relationship, the west love that India has given us the wisdom of Buddha, a great style of art, and many great spices. But we reject the class system.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, it seem India has embraced the free-market/capitalism and republic/democratic form of government. Sadly many areas in India (and the world) still seem to reject that all men/women are created equal.

    The west is still struggling to agree on many things, education, sexuality, nature vs technology, etc.
    So you will get conflicting messages. I have faith in the Indian people to select what to embrace and what to reject.
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    Jan 27 2014: Dear Anna,
    I am not very sure if I understand the question correctly. Your name (second) doesn’t sound very Indian to me so I am not sure if it is an Indian seeking perspective of non-Indians on the question or the other way round. I am Indian by citizenship and shall try to answer within the limitation of my understanding.
    What has the western culture brought to India? Are these things good or bad?
    Many things. The list is enormous. This is because the cultural ethos of the sub-continent remained strikingly assimilative rather than resistive. It’s a pot-puree of ideas, notions, languages, ways of worshipping, doing commerce – you name it. But the most interesting thing that the western culture brought to India, known for its lack of formal identity was formalization. For example, Hinduism is the gift of western culture out of its uneasiness to accept multiplicity and vagueness of spiritual faith. It is difficult to say if this is actually good or bad (the jury is still in session) but I personally think India could have had a different and possibly more secular history without that kind of formal religious classification.
    Next most important thing the western culture brought to India is the English language. It is the largest English speaking country in terms of population. I think it is good because English as a foreign language has a neutral reference frame in a multilingual society with people very proud about their mother tongues.
    As far as homosexuality in sub-continental Indic culture, unfortunately called ancient Hinduism without a proper description, it is something certainly not anything brought by Western Culture.
    http://www.religionfacts.com/homosexuality/hinduism.htm
    In India we are having a great civil protest against a Supreme Court ruling upholding Section 377 (from British Colonial Rule) which makes any sexual intercourse other than heterosexual couple as against 'nature' and punishable under law.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexuality_in_India
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    Jan 26 2014: My view about culture s that one must follow his own culture. The easy way to make your culture attractive is to copy the good elements from the other culture and insert those elements into your own culture and then see how attractive your culture is. Take the example of India. Indian culture has copied different good elements from western culture & Pakistani culture and therefore we see today that Indian culture is highly effective and very attractive. This is the secret to it.
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      Jan 26 2014: Dear Abdul,
      May be there is a Pakistani Culture, but there is no such thing as an Indian Culture. I think what people refer to as Indian Culture, particularly in the West, is a cultural ethos of the sub-continent. There is no question of copying from Pakistani Culture at all because it is the same culture belonging to the sub-continent. I agree that in all the countries in the sub-continent, your country included, there are some cultural trends from the West but these are only skin deep.
      In all the countries, again your country included, the culture has a deep and inseparable element of spirituality which is both good and bad. Good because it adds adhesion to the culture against attrition and bad because it makes the culture too gullible to hold modern secular/democratic values.
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        Jan 26 2014: LOL, are you kidding dear Pabitra? Indian culture exists and is a vast culture. I don't know why are you rejecting the existence of Indian culture. There used to be difference among the Indian & Pakistan culture but currently that difference is removed since Pakistan is blindly following Indian culture.
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        Jan 26 2014: Welcome dear. Thanks for your time.
  • Jan 31 2014: Even if you are bringing the western culture into India that's not a bad thing only thing is that people are forgetting their cultures(Sanskars) the basic Indian rituals , it is really needed to get along with the world in all ways whether it is technology , teaching or even the way of living . The Indians who are abroad they are following their cultures and teaching their children .
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