Sunday, November 20, 2005

Assembly Of World
Part II

Over past few years there has been an incessant talk about Globalisation. Every other summit or conference ends with an oath of striving to bring nation partnership in every other venture. Globalisation has been conventionally defined as a binding and particularly a bonding process vertically as well as horizontally among nations. Actually it aims at an age-old Vedic philosophy – ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’.

Surprisingly enough this philosophy has been followed over annals of humankind. Not in the liberal fashion we intend to do in these days. Ruling countries have always helped the ruled ones to express themselves as an independent, although, it happened over a period of time. British monarchy, and eventually The Parliament ruled nearly half of Africa, South-east Asia and parts of Latin America. Spain, Portugal, France and Dutch too had their share of landmass. These countries plundered their colonies for the development of their mother country. However, invariably these countries instilled a spirit of freedom & nationhood in youths of the destitute nation. Africa has been a surprising exception. To explain the point lets take for example, India. England built better means of transport, communication and education. In a way it encouraged Indian youth too take advantage of these excellent options. Though it would be foolish to say, that people in India did not yearn for freedom and had neither the will nor courage to fight for the freedom, it would be apt to note that English education filled them with the spirit of camaraderie and nationhood. All the great leaders of freedom struggle, Tilak, Bose, Nowroji, Gokhale were all product of English Education. It is well known fact that education liberates mind first and then helps to liberate nation then. Similar thing happened to America.

Although these ruling countries change the conventional fabric of the ruled society, but unknowingly, it lends tools to them to develop a better one. Britain helped America to develop a more vibrant and liberal (may be to an extreme sense) society and economy.
Critics would say that nothing of that sort is happening in India. It’s too early to start judging India. Post 90 liberalisation there has been a sanguine approach to every facet of society. As Gurucharan Das says in his book – ‘The Elephant Paradigm’, India may not be an Asian tiger but an elephant slowly awaking from slumber, but at least it won’t run out of steam like a tiger. Ultimately countries are mere collective representation of its people. Before 1980 Indians went for better opportunities to UK. These days, it is US. Indians fed on US education will one day return to mother country and then we can hope for better future. Although we seem to be demotivated these days, there are positive things to look forward.