Modern progress, Cultural regress

It is high time we did some serious reflection on how to contain and reverse this regression from the values enshrined in our culture

By Dr R Neerunjun Gopee

“On the day of the marriage she was herself clad elegantly in a beautiful saree. Here we are enjoying that rich and colourful diversity, appreciated by others who look with fresh eyes and without prejudice, and which we officially boast about to attract tourists – and yet I was reminded that some time ago there was a hullabaloo about a lady wearing her tikka. And ironically, she worked in a hotel meant for tourists, the kind of people who appreciate such expressions of our various cultures with their modes of living. Aren’t we being hypocritical and missing the point somewhere?”

“In all cultures it is an acknowledged fact that the woman is the nurturer of children, not only in the physical sense of nourishing them first with her milk but as they grow up she also grooms them through values which she has herself imbibed and which in ways, both overt and subtle, she transmits to them. And this is what has made for the continuation to this day of millennial civilisations which have recognized this crucial role of women in preparing future generations. This means that for a start women must themselves understand their important place in this scheme of things…”

 

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* Published in print edition on 7 December 2018

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