Friday, 28 December 2012

The Opening of India

A Lost Society
There is a current uproar in Indian society for its careless approach to women rights, which are so sacrosanct and upheld strictly by the law in most societies; this deficiency is most probably going to be strongly readdressed by the weak government of Manmohan Singh after the recent death of the gang-raped girl.

For India to exist as the centre of the motley of religions and cultures that so populate Eurasia, she lacks the access to change that is feasible in a homogeneous nation. India is a strictly conservative nation ruled by a gerontocratic elite, which served her ill when she was young in birth after 1947. However, she struck modernity too soon.

Lacking the commitment to the economic forces, that were coercing many a closed state after the breakdown of Bretton Woods in 1973, and gaining momentum with advances in financial arbitrage and information technology in the late 1980s and the collapse of the USSR in 1990, India is a lost soul. She was preemptively opened up when there was a concerted attack on the Rupee and Air India was airlifting Gold to London and Zurich in 1991.

Indian Society has not liberalised, comparable to its, still fragile, economy. She has not moved from the mores of ages past, superstitious rules and traditions, and religious fervour. India, for a lack of a better word, is stagnant. She has not come to appreciate, not western, but universal ideals in individual freedom and moral decency and the gang-rape of that innocent girl highlights this more strongly than ever.