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By Mohan Shenoy
        There is a strong feeling among the intellectuals of the world that the culture of a nation must be protected and promoted, that the beliefs and traditions allowed to exist, and that the methods and manners be continued as they are. The contacts among peoples and travels and trades worldwide, in the past, opened up cracks in this theory and allowed adoption of changes to suit the existing.

        When the European travelers and explorers took spices from India back home, the citizens of most of the cities in Europe began to use them in their dishes. When fine clothes, diamonds, gold jewelry and pearls from India were sold in the markets of European cities there was a shift in the style of dress among the elite. When Marco Polo brought silk and paper from China to Europe there was excitement among the people of both the countries expecting huge profits from trade in so many new commodities.

        Even before this, the Roman and Egyptian emperors were in close contact with the countries of the East, mainly India and exchanged not only merchandise but also knowledge of art and science. Slowly and subtly there was change creeping among the people and as years passed by there was marked change in the cultures of the nations. Rome and Egypt changed and so did India. This was globalisation of not only trade and contacts but also the culture and living. Globalisation was limited due to slow and tardy communication and transportation.

        The colonial British government brought English language and a variety of English methods and manners to the people of this country. There was no chance to stick to the old dress, mannerisms and even customs many of which were undesirable and abominable to say the least. Did we improve our living by this importation of the English culture into our life?

        Now a number of American mannerisms are being imported through increased contacts and associations between the peoples of the two countries. This seems to be advantageous in many ways.

        The present globalisation is rather very fast and some times instant. The adoption of methods, manners and techniques by the people shows in the changes of life-style and culture of the people.

        We can not prevent the desire of the people to use newer and friendlier goods that keeps them happy. Use of newer words, and syllables is just an example. We add new words to our vocabulary out of necessity.

        We add new clothes to our ward-robe because we like to look fashionable. We eat some of the new exotic dishes and drink newer beverages as we find them appealing and tasty.There is no point in trying to prevent people from picking up items that are cheaper and yet better for adoption in their life. The culture and traditions have to give way to change. The impact of the IT has been simply revolutionary. Communication technology has jumped in leaps and bounds. Our minds are slower compared to the speed with which information accumulates in our computer hard-discs.

        Time is gaining value and each minute is becoming more and more costly. There is uniformity and likeness in the languages of communication, the buildings, homes, vehicles, roads, markets, and also in the food we eat, the drinks, and even the dress people wear across the world. The richer the country the more advanced the likeness. The poorer countries are fast catching up with the new world order. It is futile and unnecessary to stick to restrictions by advancing the theory of preservation of culture and tradition. Although generations have to pass to notice substantial changes, the present speedy globalisation has made changes noticeable even in the same generation. We can not surrender to foreign culture; rather we should strengthen ours by taking in the adaptable versions of styles, elegance, variety, shape, comfort and grandeur that is found in the current international civilisations to suit our tastes and dignity. This adaptation should be subtle and ingenious, both creative and innovative, and should in no way resemble grossly with the outside cultures.

        Our icons should be all our own and the representation and exhibition should look like original. No copying and no imaging but an entirely new equivalent. Ordinary consumer and a man in the street should encourage this innovative transformation of culture and traditions resisting the drag felt on account of the sentimental attachment with the past. We have no options except to fall into the ocean of change that is imposed upon us by the globalisation. Let's open up to this new challenge and keep ourselves comfortable with the new ways of life.

Concluded.
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