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Globalization and Its Impact on Indian Culture

Globalization is a relatively new concept to India. Globalization has altered India quite a lot. This article discusses in detail about the impact of Globalization on Indian culture.

 Before we can discuss this topic in detail, it is important that we understand the concept of globalization and its overall impact on India. Globalization can be defined as the removing of borders and barriers to facilitate easy exchange of ideas, resources and knowledge between countries. Communication is the essence of Globalization. Without communication, globalization is not possible.

Globalization was introduced to India in 1991, when the Indian government introduced a set of reforms for the ailing Indian economy to prevent it from going to further crisis. These reforms were the Liberalization, Privatization and Globalization reforms. Since 1991, we have seen major changes in India. Globalization has opened India to the world and has brought in the much needed exposure.

Globalization has had impacts in the economic, social, cultural and political ways of India. The most significant remains the impact of globalization on the economic sector. India has seen tremendous growth since 1991. India is one of the fastest growing countries in the world and that is all due to the reforms undertaken in 1991. The role of Multi-National Corporations (MNC’s) is very significant in the Indian scenario. The MNC’s were brought in by Globalization.

Globalization has had a very profound impact on Indian culture. And this can be seen anywhere. It has had a very deep impact on our culture and has dug its way to the roots of our culture.

In 1991, only 10% of the Indian urban population had access to a television. In 2009, that has increased to a whopping 85%. Cable television has made inroads into the Indian household. Foreign movies have come and have reflected their culture in it. This has made a huge impact on the minds of the Indian people. Not to mention the easy availability of Internet whose reach even extends till rural are

as. The internet has opened up opportunities for people to learn more about foreign cultures and places. It has made Indians more acceptable and tolerant towards change. Globalization has broken all borders. As a result, the new generation of Indians is more knowledgeable, more aware and more interested in the world around them.

Women, who were once the exploited and ignored part of the population, now assert their rights of being a woman. Women now have more access to education and know more about their rights and their identity as a woman. They no longer bear the traditional role of a mere wife, mother or homemaker. Nowadays, you find women in the society who work alongside men. Men-dominated fields see the coming up of the woman. Men and women are slowly being treated equally. However, this does not mean that all Indian women are fully free. In many places, exploitation still continues.

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