Globalization has changed the culture, ethics, values and morals of Kashmir. If an individual has stepped outside of their own culture and suddenly placed in an atmosphere or environment that is very different from their own – with different sets of signals to react to, different conceptions of time, space, work, love, love, religion and beliefs – the dislocation he suffers from is severe.
Such a cultural mess is emerging in Kashmir. People gained better access to the global world and lost the luster of a rich culture that was full of moral values, ethics and principles. A cultural vacuum is felt with modernized liberal Kashmir completely different from what it was a century ago.
We can assume the emergence of a new liberal culture, itself in perpetual upheaval and whose values keep changing. The disorientation is further heightened when such ever-changing cultural differences persist.
There is less evidence to prove that the current change is positive in any way with little clue as to what type of acceptable behavior results in the new circumstances; the victim may very well become a danger to himself and to others.
People with their liberal thoughts and perceived notions have their banners which proclaim equality for all races, job security and a decent life for all. With their power, they fight and win. Being part of the majority middle class, they are also part of our culture, although today’s society is seeing many transitions. People seek comfort in traps and expensive purchases that will not bring them more than two minutes of gratification. So what happens to people when they are overwhelmed by the change in attitude, culture and detachment from spiritual values and teachings? Are they really progressing or is it just a myth that globalization has put as an illusion of modernism. Is the change about how they adapt – or fail to adapt – in the future?
There has been a lot of speculation and writing about the future. Yet for the most part, about the World to Come, it sounds a harsh metallic note. The concerns are centered on the stages by which we are likely to reach tomorrow. They deal with common, everyday issues – the products we buy and throw away, the places we leave behind, the businesses we inhabit, the people who come through our lives faster. The future of friendship and family life is being explored. Weird new subcultures and lifestyles are explored, along with an array of other topics ranging from politics and playgrounds to skydiving and modernism.
What about the roaring currents of change, currents so powerful that they upset institutions, displace our values and shrivel our roots. Change has become the process by which the future invades our lives, and it is important to take a close look at it, not only from the grandiose perspective of history, but also from the perspective of the living and breathing individuals who experience it every day.
The rate of change in our time is itself an elementary force. This surge has personal and psychological consequences, as well as sociological ones. Unless man quickly learns to control the pace of change in his personal affairs as well as in society in general, he is doomed to a massive adaptation breakdown.
The need of the hour is therefore to reinstall the moral values among the young people who are the future of the earth and who must apply these rules and values on their offspring so that Kashmir prosperous and its rich culture does not become a lost tale. .
(The author is a university researcher)