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Culture and Identity in Globalizing World


The Minister of Home Affairs and Ambassador of India in Bhutan visits Sherubtse college

His Excellency, Lynpo Minjur Dorji and Honorable Dr. Pavan K.Verma and his family visited Sherubtse College on 13’Th May, 2010.Lecturers and students of the college warmly received them. The Agenda of their meeting was “Culture and Identity in globalizing World”.
The session was held with the address from the Lynpo.  In his delivery he reflected the bilateral relationship between two countries –India and Bhutan. “Relation between two countries dates back from Guru padmasambhava period”, said Lynpo addressing to the gathering in college auditorium. Later on with the visit of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on horseback in 1978 build the relation more trustworthy and honest.
Lynpo even stated that the testimony to the unique and unparallel friendship had mutual beneficial to each other. Starting from First five year plan till tenth five year plan, India has been helping and she assisted with 100 billion for tenth five year plan. Apart from that she has even donated 350 million for Earthquake catastrophe occurred last September 22. He even states that the main motive behind this friendship is for Prosperity and Happiness.
With the brief introduction of indo- Bhutan relation he introduced us with our distinguished guest Dr.Pavan k. Verma. He is a Writer and a Diplomat. He did his graduation from St.Steven’s college in New Delhi in history. He is viewed as writer of ‘depth and insight’. Some of his famous books are ‘The Great Indian Middle Class’, ‘Krishna’, and ‘Havelli’s of old Delhi’. Most of his books were in context to culture.
For him “way of life” itself is culture. This includes religion, mythology, custom, belief, behaviors, arts, architecture, food, and festival. “For global communication we can have one language but Language of culture cannot be substituted by language of communication”, said the Ambassador to the floor. “So avoiding language of culture is first step to deteriorate bridge of culture”.
All cultures are unique and have specific trade. It cannot be substituted.  Therefore, preserving culture is a challenge in today’s world. Today, Globalization is relentless, diffusive and very powerful in suppressing original culture.  All the shops replaced by imported goods, absence of indigenous food, children of educated elite are not willing to follow their own culture, everything is westernized and modernization is destroying the old beautiful cities. Dr.Pavan.k .Verma strongly states that “once the old building is destroyed he or she is losing the culture and identity”. He adds that, “Globalization nurtures the myth”.
Thus, he advised us to make a conscious choice, by reserving culture with conformality of Gross National Happiness.  He stated that, “within this small world there is diversity of culture, which we have to preserve”. He even commanded us not to’ photocopy others’.  This statement reminded us of American Scholar Ralph Waldo Emerson who said “most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.”

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