Tuesday May 21, 2019

India: A Cultural Melting Pot under the Influence of West?

As Western culture has mingled with the Indian society, it has given a vast array of choices to Indians. But it has reached a point where Indian morals, ethics, and dignity are in danger

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October 31, 2016: Indian society is formed by the incorporation of culture followed by Indians since the ancient times. Undoubtedly, Indian culture is one of the oldest existing cultures in the world. With each passing decade, it’s evolving as per the needs of the Indians. But in the recent times, Western culture has been a heavy influence in the way Indian society is morphing. It has led to a few advancements, but at the same time, has caused Indians to disconnect from their roots rapidly.

The infiltration of Western culture is very much visible in the daily routine like choosing a pair of jeans over ethnic wear while going out, listening to rap music instead of Indian classical songs and preferring love marriage over arranged one.

Representational image. Pixabay.
Representational image. Pixabay.

As Western culture has mingled with the Indian society, it has given a vast array of choices to Indians. It enables each Indian to form a sense of individualism. But it has reached a point where Indian morals, ethics, and dignity are in danger.

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Indian culture boasts of its conservative attitude, but people are becoming more experimental and more curious. Peer pressure, lack of concern for family members and personal sense of gratification are the prime reasons.

Consumption of alcohol and drugs is getting excessive in India. Around 45% teenagers indulge in heavy drinking during their senior secondary exams.

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There are over 3 million drug addicts in India. Cannabis, Opium, and Heroin are the most popularly used drugs. Most of these behaviors are glorified in western rap songs, movies and by the Western celebrities.

In fact, Indians have started looking down at their own culture. In a country like India where globalization is at its peak, speaking English is the norm. Around 10% of India’s population (approximately 125 million people) is fluent in English, making it next to The US among all the English-speaking countries.

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English was introduced in India as a way to empower Indians and to help them compete on a global level. It has helped in their progress, as many Indians are leading big American companies like Google and Microsoft, but it is threatening to diminish the value of Indian languages. As a result of colonization, speaking English has become a sign of sophistication  and intelligence. It is only because of this reason that the new generation devours English novels and newspapers while neglecting their mother tongue.

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Indians are walking a thin line. They have to adjust to the Western culture while holding on to their Indian values. It is important to adopt various Western influences which are helpful for their mental, physical and economic growth. But they must not devalue Indian culture which can lead to their emotional, spiritual and ethical growth. The new generation must emerge as a fine amalgam of both the cultures in equal ratio.

-prepared by Shivani Vohra of NewsGram. Twitter:@shivanivohra26

 

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LinkedIN Calls Soft Skills And Pay Transparency Key Hiring Trends in India in 2019

For developed markets like the European and American counterparts, the report revealed work-flexibility as an important factor in considering a new job. 

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When it comes to hiring, soft skills, work flexibility, anti-harassment policies and pay transparency have emerged as the four trends that will gain momentum in India this year, Microsoft-owned professional networking platform LinkedIn said on Wednesday.

The research revealed that soft skills have been assigned greater importance in developing markets like India that would play a crucial role in transforming the future of HR and the recruitment industry in developing countries, noted LinkedIn’s “Global Talent Trends 2019” report.

With the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automation technologies, 87 per cent respondents in India believed that candidates with strong soft skills are becoming increasingly important to their organisations, while 53 per cent say their companies have a formal process for assessing soft skills to employees.

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For developed markets like the European and American counterparts, the report revealed work-flexibility as an important factor in considering a new job. . Pixabay

“Salary has always been a confidential topic in the workplace and now with salary information on sites like PayScale and LinkedIn, companies are facing more pressure to own the conversation on pay,” the report said.

Around 71 per cent people in India agreed that sharing salary ranges is fostering greater job satisfaction for employees and 78 per cent people fear that this could create salary disputes among current employees.

The report also stressed that compared to the 71 per cent participants globally who believed that harassment prevention is a very important trend for the future of the hiring and HR industry, 87 per cent Indians agreed with the notion.

“In India, 50 per cent of hiring professionals say that companies talk about their harassment policies as part of their pitch to potential hires, nearly double the global average of 29 per cent,” the report claimed.

For developed markets like the European and American counterparts, the report revealed work-flexibility as an important factor in considering a new job.

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The research revealed that soft skills have been assigned greater importance in developing markets like India that would play a crucial role in transforming the future of HR. Pixabay

Even in India, 67 per cent employees gave a thumbs up on joining companies that gave them an option to work irrespective of their locations.

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“With technology easing the way we work, 74 per cent respondents in India believe that the main benefit from allowing employees to work remotely, is enabling them to achieve better work-life satisfaction,” the report said.

The report had over 5,000 professionals across 35 countries, including more than 400 participants from India.

The Microsoft-owned platform recently announced that it has touched the 50 million user-mark in India with 562 million global members. (IANS)