Global culture, a threat to local culture and identities: CJI

Hyderabad, August 5 India’s Chief Justice NV Ramana said on Friday that global culture is emerging as a threat to local culture, symbols and identities.

In his speech at the 82nd convocation of Osmania University here, he noted that driven by the winds of globalization, people are moving towards global culture and this is engulfing the world, the need to maintain diversity takes greater importance.

“Social media, television and pop culture have glamorized a particular way of life and sadly, we blindly ape the same. Instead of celebrating our distinct heritage and culture, we allow our rich identities to blur,” did he declare.

The CJI pointed out that with rapid globalization and massive developments in science and technology, multiple cultures and identities are interacting with each other with increased frequency.

He said that while his observations should not be taken as a critique of globalization per se, the prevailing problems definitely prove that something has gone wrong with the current model of globalization.

“Although we have made significant progress, our societies are increasingly divided over access to wealth and resources,” he observed.

Citing UNESCO’s World Language Report 2021, the Chief Justice said that half of the approximately 7,000 languages ​​spoken in the world today could disappear by the end of the century and that with the loss of each language, people not only lose considerable literature and folklore, but also lose the wisdom inherited from generation to generation.

He also noted that globalization also had a significant impact on genetic diversity. “We are seeing a rapid loss of crop varieties, wildlife and native livestock,” he said.

As the market is driven by the demands of the global economy, more and more farmers are moving beyond native crops for short-term gains and this shift in cultivation pattern is altering the character of soils, thereby reducing its ability to support biodiversity.

Likewise, climate change and environmental pollution are also affecting wild varieties, leading to huge ecological imbalance, he said.

He pointed out that another aspect of globalization is its impact on local crafts and artisans. “With global brands flooding the markets, with mass-produced designs and products, local artisans are being pushed around the corner,” he said.

He called on all institutions to introduce a topic on basic ideas on Constitution and governance regardless of the learning stream. He observed that there is a need to simplify the ideas of the Constitution for the understanding and empowerment of all.

CJI believes that true education is what nurtures true impulses and independent thought. He advised young people to dive deep and bring about transformation from within instead of being prisoners of the status quo.

Chief Justice Ramana, who received an honorary doctorate from Osmania University, recalled his memories with the university during his student days although he did not study at the institution.

“Initially, when I was a student, I aspired to go into law at Osmania University. Although I could not officially join law, I stayed here with friends in hostel rooms and I took many courses in law and linguistics. I have many warm memories of Osmania University,” he said.

He said Osmania University is one of those institutions where political participation and academic pursuits go hand in hand and has produced one of the most outstanding prime ministers and statesmen in the world. modern India in the form of PV Narasimha Rao.

He said the university has contributed to good governance by producing many chief ministers and cabinet ministers, including outgoing chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

The Governor of Telangana, Tamilisai Soundararajan, and Vice Chancellor of Osmania University, Prof. D. Ravinder also spoke.

A total of 55 gold medals and 260 doctorates were awarded at the convocation.

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