Question four, by Laurie Meadoff

”How do the cultural clashes between the traditional Indian culture and the emergence of technology such as text messaging and internet dating effect  romantic relationships in India?”

 

To understand the complexity of Indian culture and its new media clashes you need to first see some of there resent leap regarding to technology. India and its inhabitants have an extraordinary longing for technology and other things thats I believe comes from a almost childish desirer to understand how things work. Perhaps is this alone a reaction of the impossibility to understand the system around them that creates a interest in the understandable. As I have written before  I believe that Indians are perhaps the best in the world to the content and understand the small things inside the box, which probably is a direct result of the high education level, but not have a systemic way of thinking.  

The interest have created leap in technology, for example there are and where never a working national phone system until the GSM boom ten years ago, when the cellphone market skyrocketed in every part of India, now it feels as common to have a cellphone in India as in Scandinavia.  

An other important effect is the vests influences by movies, music, television and truism. India has everyday for decades been seeing the progresses and lifestyles of Europe and North America. A desire to get the same materialistic availability as the vest societies has risen exponentially for every year. 

Whit this two things in mind, I ask is it realy the oppurtunaty of application and technology of such things like cellphone dating that has created a change of tradition or is it the influens of a western cultural understandings?

Whit this in mind to the romantically aspect,  as the drive and longing for a more western lifestyle by the younger population and a counter reaction from the elderly population this is creating a large gap between this large groups. ”The way its done” is no longer as surety as it was 10-20 years ago, and I believe some of the tension between different religious groups is a reaction to this, only partly thou and off-course there are a lot of other reasons effecting. But I believe that when different religious groups feels that there are decreasing support the often tend to take extreme measures. 

I believe as people I have talk to here in India, that the new types of media, like text messages, and internet dating are catalysts  that will speed up the westernization of this and other emerging economies. The problematic in India is not in the group that will use this types applications and neither in the group that can not understand the purpose and technology, but in the communication between them and mutual understanding towards each-other of how change is perceive and understood.

 

 

 

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Question three, by Ron Pompei.

”Will India be able to learn from the missteps of the West regarding ecology, energy and education?

Will they recognize earlier in their economic and social development that material resources are finite yet human resources (such as creativity, innovation and expression) are infinite?

Will India achieve a true global consciousness that recognizes the unique contribution of all cultures?”

 

I see this question more as a philosophical question and I will answer it from a teoretical believes basics, because who knows what the future at hold. But to qute the old saing, ”if you dont know your past you will not know your future”. 

In some ways Indias growing econamy have had its eyes on the ”Hollywood Story” and the ”America dream”. After the politic system collapse of the Soviet union, witch the Indian government had a glans on for decades, both the political system and the peoples visions lay now in an American chradel. And I scenes an attitude for over consummation in the growing middle-class, with no direct concern for global warming for just naming one global common challenge. 

India intended to bild its society in a mix of the both superpowers, Soviet and USA, with a lower trade price policy and with a plan economy. The only legasy  of this is the economy and future plans that still have a five year span. 

However it seems that Indian government have the courage to experement with different cainds of ruling methods. Like the local empowering experients aimed for decentrelising the power thru out India. Its an atemt to create a lower gap between politicians and the peopel in hope it will decreas curruption and a greater belief in the political system, witch is quite low in great part of the wast corruption and the ”life time job – varanty” witch is a polassy that will take generations to overcome even if the will to change it is growing. 

To qute an Indian business man, ”place an Indien in any outher political system and suraunding and he vill create a possibal living, tho Indiens have an true entreprenuerial spirit, that comes from always fighting the domestic system.” I believe this can be a key factor in the future for India. If India manages to get there corruption and political-system on the right track and the entrepreneurial  spirit will start to take on other fights, as the threat to the earth for example.

With the great horror in 2002, when over a 1000 people where killed because of their religion, in mind its hard to imagen a codependent an understanding religious and in the same time efficant and ”modern” india, in a neer future.  The tension and frustration between rases is still boiling in silence. But seen from a differnt  point of view the lesson of the history is being told  and youth are seing positive on their future and for them the religion is not as large part of there life’s as it is for their parents.  

Even if India has a lot of advise and ”facts” in advans they will have to climbe the tree and fall down to really see what the downside of over consumption and living with out a sustainable alternative in mind. India has its mind set that now its finally ”our turn”. With the increaes and birth of a wast and fast growing middle-class, the demand of consumation is growing. The cheep car is one of these exampels, the TATA ”family” has manufactured a car that costs only a 30 % of a normal car, and everywhere people talk about the car boom in India. 

I believe India will have to do its own mistakes, to truly understand the lesson.  But because lots of research and knowledge is all ready gathered it will be easier for India to find it´s way back up once they eventually falls from the tree.

 

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Question two, by Uffe Elbæk:

”What are the living conditions for homosexuals in India. Socially, culturally and politically?” 

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The life of homosexuals in India is not easy to define. India is more diverse then any other country I have ever encountered before. Different cultural caudexes in different geographical surroundings. Its hard to generalize but a fact is that money has lots to do whit the acceptance of homosexuality here in India.

 

In a survey by the British newspaper the Guardian in 2006 they believed that there are approximately between 50 to 100 million homosexual people in India alone.

 

In the wealthier classes and the art world it seems to be totally ok to be homosexual and people pronounce it loudly and freely. In the words of an American who worked here a wile; ”it’s ok if you have the power or the money to backing you up, or ells you are in trouble.”

 

The roomers of that sex among the same sex is common but not spoken of, it says that it’s a reaction of the extreme separations among the sexes in daily life.  When you walk in the streets of Mumbai you often encounter men holding hand and hugging and not in the same extent women holding hand but it happen, an obvious sign of affection, a showcase of friendship. But if a man and women hold hand they generate lots of steers.

 

The old Colonial law makes the actual act of sex in between the same sex a crime. In 2006 a big wave of protests went public to try to change the law but still without success. But people I have talk to say it is a lot better now, but police still use the law to hares and blackmail the gay community, but not in the same extends as 10 years ago.

 

This point of view is from Mumbai and Delhi, the conditions in the country side is still more problematic. And sometimes it feels not like it’s the thing of being homosexual but the thing of not getting to marry in the ”right” way that is the most important. The traditions are so far rooted in this community it will take a long time to make changes.

 

But with the vast influence of the outside world the understanding of homosexual issues is greater now then ever. And there is a lot of organizations that work with and for equal conditions for all people here in India. And in the larger cities there is now clubs that have ”gay nights” even thou they have to fight the system time and time again.

 

I believe if India can in a ”smart” way give homosexual and an individual freedom lose string and encourage a free choice without colliding with the religious heritage, India come a long way in a very short time. But that is only IF the powerful people continues the struggle of equality and can make the law suddenly just disappear…

 

 

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Question one, by Alan Webber;  

How are India’s people handling the country’s transition into a growing world economic power? Do they feel any change in their status in the world? Is there more economic equity among the people as India’s economic performance grows?

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For the man on the street that sells fruit the fact that the world changes is to vast to grasp, thou the feeling that his business is going a little better then last year is filling him with hope about the future.

In India the holistic world understanding is, from a point of view, greatly appreciated. The believes that everything is interconnected and depend on each other, a heritage of the Hindi-religion. But what about the connection between other human cultures and countries? I have talked to some businessmen here who all gave the same answer, India will have taken the place that USA have today in the world in the next ten years. What happens here, no one is talking about rising to the same bar, what about the interdependence? They all see it as now it is Indies turn to win, to be on the top. When I here this i just cant believe it, because India has a so long way to go. It feels that a small part of the country is running and are all ready at the finish wile the rest haven’t event begun running yet.

Indians seems to be leaders of the world to perform and understand things that have a frame. And to excel in the field that is before them. But I have become aware that to see beyond the borders of the “box” is more difficult then I ever could have believed. When I asked for imagination and visionary thinking a hesitation and suspicion arises. The ability to reshape the box or the “frame” if you like is difficult for people whit no possibility for experience and no habit of dreaming.

Outside interest in India have never been as great as now, every day you here talk about investors and real estate agencies who pumps in large amount in to India and reward is chocking. While the poverty is still vast and people travels to the larger cities to break-free of the ”cast” society that the government no longer acknowledge, but in real life it is still in effect on the countryside. The cities are growing in a rate that is unbearable and poverty is increasing. I believe that India needs to get control of its domestic situation before the rest of the country will be able to run.

In any other place in the world I would thing this task of getting an infrastructure and sustainable solution for this cities of chaos would be imposable, but so much have surprised me during my visit here. Things do work, roads are not garbage dumps even if everyone just drops there garbage, traffic do work even thou there is no lights or obvious rules, it just talks a bit longer. Extreme efficacy is an invention of the west to decrees work effort and in long run its all about the money. I believe India will be a world power player, but it will just take a bit longer. 

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