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Our Culture is Decaying

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Monika Bachani said: (Mar 6, 2018) 
Yes, I am really saying that our Indian culture is decaying. Because of varities of food, clothes etc.

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Sukanya said: (Feb 3, 2018) 
Hi everyone,

I would like to add few points on "Indian culture is decaying". Well, we all have grown up seeing our customs and enjoying our traditions like festivals, marriages and even few superstitions. Our culture is well placed and protected in our blood. However, we get to experience much more of diverse cultures nowadays due to sources like media, social gatherings, international competitions and so on. We need to catch up with the growing India.

There are many more things to see outside our culture which spread positiveness and inspiration among the youth of the society. There is no harm in welcoming few legitimate customs which can enhance our well being, I suppose. Thus, I would say that instead of arguing on protecting our culture and integrity, let us embrace the good things from various cultures while respecting our own heritage.

Thank You.

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Naveena D said: (Feb 3, 2018) 
Good Morning Friends,

According to me, I am an Indian. I am proud to be an Indian. But absolutely our culture is decaying. Nowadays there are many things reveal the decaying against our culture.

For example nowadays different variety of foods are there. But these foods affect our health. So there are affects many people like vitamin deficiency, bone depreciation, diabetes, blood pressure.

Before 50 years peoples ate maize, rye, ragi. But nowadays there are so many problems. The peoples lead to these kind foods should be taken.

Nowadays dress codes are changed the foreign culture. Even dress also affects our health. Like jeans are making some problems in our health. The peoples should follow our culture.

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Abhishek Sharma said: (Jan 31, 2018) 
Hello guys, I am not against the Indian culture but in present time our culture is really decaying. I have a question from all of you if India has a good culture then why Indians are following western culture blindly?

My intention behind this question is, on the one hand, Indians talk that they have a rich culture or unity in diversity and on the other hand they are following western culture blindly.

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Vikas said: (Dec 28, 2017) 
No, I don't think so why because of our culture is the very strong and immersed in the people. No one can destroy that in case of any such things happened we have to make campaigns so that they know our greatness of our culture. Every one of us has the responsibility to respect and protect our culture. But some other cultures are coming and destroying our culture so we should be careful.

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Ankit Yadav( Tundla) said: (Dec 28, 2017) 
Hi Friends, First of all, I would like to thank all of you and take this opportunity to say a few words on Indian culture is decaying. India is known for truth, honesty, piece, and spirituality. India is also regarded as Vishva Guru. With the changing times, India is becoming influenced by western culture. Old age, home living, relationships, same-sex marriages, child pregnancy are all the result of western influence. We must adopt good think from the western culture but we should not forget our roots. Our roots are in the Vedas, the Upnisad, and the Geeta and we must respect our elders for all times because that is the real culture of India. Thanks, all.

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Chinmaya said: (Dec 22, 2017) 
I don't think culture decays, it actually improvises and I think our culture is in no way better than others except for the zero. Oh! come on guys many people in this world gave science their contributions but that doesn't judge their culture. Here culture actually refers to traditions and customs followed by us. In America, the divorce rate is 40% and in India, it is 1% but, it doesn't mean that married people in India are happy, they (mostly women) adjust for their children and also they are afraid of society. We have dowry system, even now in many rural places child marriages are happening. Coming to our ancient India, we forget that there is even Sati. Even after independence 40 cases were discovered on Sati, god knows how many were not known to the jurisdiction. Arranged marriages where mama and papa see the girl and approve her as if she is a broomstick checked if its incorrect condition before using it. Then the boy marries her mostly without even knowing her likes and dislikes, opinions. So, finally I just want to repeat what Dalai Lama said. Open your arms free, get ready to change with the world but do not Let go your values. Most of us believe that today our culture is decaying but who set the culture, we the human beings right?

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Pawan said: (Oct 20, 2017) 
I am favor of Indian culture in a matter of religion and emotional feelings share with joint member around in family and social this thing find in only own country but the evil practice also continues for examples drowsy system. In which is make week in economic condition. We have to spend a normally 10lakh rupee on marriage then so all amount spend in one marriage about20 lakh this amount definitely effect on economical condition at middle family but western culture in the matter just opposite it. They no spend on marrige then live happy and enjoy money in adventures no any stress life emotional. And they also life live long compare than Indian. Because foreign people live in present and Indian live in a future problem.

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Rishabh Bhandari said: (Sep 11, 2017) 
I am in favour of this topic that our culture is Decaying as we all are forgetting our trends, spirituality and culture, and people are moving to the brands rather to prefer our own culture. And know young generations is more focused on getting likes on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter rather than to gain the knowledge about their culture.

Thank you.

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Vij said: (Aug 20, 2017) 
If we want to talk about the culture we must talk about the people. People these days have become more self centred, vain, unsympathetic to others and extremely selfish. The younger generation is only concerned about getting more likes on their next selfie or getting more followers on Facebook. It has become a constant need to project a positive image of oneself on social media. Everyone these days seem to imagine themselves as some kind of a mini celebrity, taking images of mundane things like what they are doing, what they are eating, where they are going, how they feel and posting it on social media. I mean really nobody cares because everyone is busy publishing their own daily lives. These days you visit any major landmark or tourist place you will see hordes of people taking selfies in front of places of interest and uploading these photos on social media. Their only concern seems to be to show other people that they were there and had fun. Meanwhile nobody seems to really care about or enjoy the natural beauty or historical and cultural significance of the place. These days everyone wants to be rich and famous and there is a general feeling that if other people are not talking about you somewhere someplace than you are just not doing it right. You talk with any person and the only thing they want to talk about is themselves, about how good they are, always trying to establish the fact that they are somewhat above you. While walking the streets you see people dressed up in the latest fashion apparel wearing a stern expression on their faces, all the while constantly trying to get other people to look at them, admire them and give them attention. This extreme self obsession, shameless self promotion and selfishness has made people extremely unsympathetic and insensitive to others. Everybody seems to think that they are somewhat better than others in terms of looks, character and personality and that they are exceptional. This inflated perception of oneself has created a situation where nobody really likes anyone anymore because everybody thinks they are better than the rest. This has devastated relationships as people are finding it really hard to maintain friendships, family relationships or even marriages. The human bonding that is the hallmark of a vibrant culture and a healthy society is steadily evaporating. And since people don't really like each other and don't want to come together and work in groups they have less civic engagement and lower political participation than any previous group. There are no healthy public discussions only arguments and labelling. Hence we find the public to be silent about the various issues that are affecting our country, our society, and our family.

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Rohit Thakur said: (Aug 19, 2017) 
Hi, friends.

I think Indian culture is very better than western culture because in India, rule & regulation is goods compare other countries.

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Pankaj Pandey said: (Aug 10, 2017) 
Our culture is not decaying even we are decaying. Culture is ok in their place but what about mentally about culture its a matter. We don't know about culture because our parents don't know about the festival and culture of India.

I want to give an example of The Bhagavad Gita.

You know that gita is a necessary part of Indian Court. A victim take oath to prouf himself in the front of judge even they don't know about gita sar. Just think that how the victim (thief ; rapist; muderr etc) know about gita even the school teacher don't know very well about gita.

This is a just an example of our ignorance. Culture is good and pure but we are not able to follow the Indian culture.

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Shuh said: (Aug 6, 2017) 
I don't think our culture is decaying I can say it's improving in ancient India Sati Partha and children marriage are legal but nowadays it's illegal so we can say it's improving arrange marriage is another example we agree with mom and dad decision if I have not still seen her so it needs to improve on it.

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Gaurav Bachhav said: (Aug 6, 2017) 
We Indians have so many festivals in each religion. Like Diwali, Dashara, Dandiya, Ganapati.
And many more. And the way we celebrate it is much better than western culture.

Our festivals are not only for god but it also keeps we people in one thread of our own culture. Many of the foreigners think that we have best and most diverse country together with culture. Then why we are following western culture. So guys I only want so that respect and support our culture with festivals, not with this xyz days. We are Indians then be Indian.

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Shiva Sai said: (Jul 29, 2017) 
I don't think so as our culture is decaying. From the civilisations of Harappa and Mohanjadaro, our cultures are changing its phase from decade by decade only because of the people's open mindset. Instead, I can say we are spreading our culture to foreign countries and also taking the good things from their culture like celebrating mothers day and fathers day. Do you notice the culture of India is all over the same in entire India, even it changes from place to the place.

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Uttam said: (Jul 16, 2017) 
I don't think culture decays, it actually improvises and I think our culture is in no way better than others except for the zero. Oh! come on guys many people in this world gave science their contributions but that doesn't judge their culture. Here culture actually refers to traditions and customs followed by us. In America the divorce rate is 40% and in India it is 1% but, it dosen't mean that married people in India are happy, they (mostly women) adjust for their children and also they are afraid of society. We have dowry system, even now in many rural places child marriages are happening. Coming to our ancient India, we forget that there is even sati. Even after independence 40 cases were discovered on sati, god knows how many were not known to the jurisdiction. Arranged marriages where mama and papa see the girl and approve her as if she is a broom stick checked if its in correct condition before using it. Then the boy marries her mostly without even knowing her likes and dislikes, opinions. So, finally I just want to repeat what Dalai Lama said. Open your arms free, get ready to change with the world but do not Let go your values. Most of us believe that today our culture is decaying but who set the culture, we the human beings right.

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Ritu said: (Jul 13, 2017) 
Hi friends,

Little bit, I am telling about Indian cultural VS Western culture. The both cultural are good, but I thinking about India, India not provided such kind of knowledge as well as facilities to the people, school, colleges, but in the western culture, they provide some type of knowledge, facilities according to the school and colleges, so my opinion is the main part is knowledge and the various facilities, that also provides to the Indian people, schools and colleges. As compared to western culture.

Thank you.

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Anubhav said: (Jun 30, 2017) 
I think our culture has decayed far beyond recognition - we talk about respect but its just talk. We don't respect women - we rape them, destroy their spirit and ambitions by getting them married at an early age and make them serve a man. We don't respect children - we manipulate them and destroy their childhood by faulty education system and unrealistic expectations. We don't respect our elders - we destroy their peaceful last years by our greed for the inheritance. We don't respect our country - because we destroy it in the name of caste, religion, progress (destroying the coveted nature). We don't respect our rivers - because in the name of culture and rituals we destroy its essence and purity. We don't respect our religion - because we manipulate the very nature of 'global religion' - we name other religions as the aggressors and try to twist our own beliefs. We are too many and are ruled by mob mentality. We will get what we deserve.

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Harshita said: (Jun 27, 2017) 
In my opinion, our culture is not decaying at all, in fact it is becoming more adoring and is leading us to the top. Our culture is just inheriting some good points of other cultures like providing education to girls which is a plus point for our country. So our culture is a colorful blend of different cultures respecting and following it's own culture too.

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Heriys said: (May 9, 2017) 
I think the culture is not decaying.

I'm not insulting our culture but just acknowledging that the changes that come in our culture are good and are not decaying but making our culture more beautiful.

Thank you.

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Sinan said: (May 6, 2017) 
Yes, our culture is decaying. In our earlier age if guests arrive in the house they wish them and treats them in a very proper manner but nowadays we can see that if the guest or their own parent arrives home they keep on playing in mobile or tab etc. This really shows that our culture is decaying.

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Kumti said: (May 5, 2017) 
I don't feel that our culture is decaying. Yes, it is changing but for good. People now have their own choice, they are able to do things which we were not able to do before. The doping of Indian culture with western our European culture in a good manner is not at all bad. Now, we are free and still Indian. The culture is not decaying us it is just bringing a few changes that our leading us to the top. We are now on the top posts of the world only because we are able to interact that we didn't use to do earlier. This change which is present in all of us is just because of the few changes that came because of western culture. Women are on top because we changed the thinking that women are just good as housewives only.

I'm not insulting our culture but just acknowledging that the changes that came in our culture are good and are not decaying but making it more beautiful. That is why India is the fastest growing country in the world.

Thank you.

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Khush said: (Apr 13, 2017) 
My point of view, states that Indian culture is not decaying. Our culture taught us to bow in front of elders as a sign of respect. To treat our guests with respect ' athithi devo Bava' to help the poor and needy. To chant God's name and meditate in silence. I do believe blend of Indian and western culture is good because now I can see woman going for education, they are just not confine to kitchen. Equal respect for human beings irrespective of caste greed and gender. Freedom in thoughts is also important. Dressing sense never really matters. Rightly said never judge a book by its cover so even a person with western dress might have respect for his homeland. It's not always the outward appearance but the inside you which matters by your thoughts words and actions. There may be people who are decaying it but they are not necessarily the ones with broad minded thoughts.

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Vivek Maurya said: (Apr 13, 2017) 
Firstly, I welcome you all.

It is our only culture who welcomes every single person to openly share his thoughts, and makes changes for themselves according to his/her own comfort. It is only our culture who taught to bow down to our elders. And it is our culture which says do change if the change is good for you and for society. And it is our culture who says to change a society you have to change yourself irst, on your mind level. Swami Vivekananda says" for you own and nation growth you have to adopt Indian culture but also have to learn from Western how they open in their thoughts, decisions, innovations, and in equality". So clothes and web are not decaying our culture, our culture depends on our own thoughts and who we really are.

Conclusion- our culture is not decaying, it is upon us to make our culture more better than it is.

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Jothi said: (Apr 6, 2017) 
Hi friends, our culture is decaying in my point of view.Indian culture is much more better than the other countries because our dress code, foods, culture is totally varied from my country. So I say my culture is always better.

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Westi said: (Apr 5, 2017) 
Indian culture is the worst culture of all and I don't see any reason why we follow it. We should inspire people who are adopting western culture. Video games are really super cool and I don't know why people play outside. Indian "classical" dances are really boring and western dance is really cool. I mean, who likes kathak and Bharatnatyam. West part of the world is the best part of the world.

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Jimmy said: (Feb 21, 2017) 
I feel its a question of changing behavior of the average person in our society. These days people have become more selfish and there is a tremendous lack of empathy for other people, for the society. Back in old days people fought to protect their family, country and god. These days its just total and absolute addiction to entertainment and fun seeking activities and temporary gratification of senses. I have nothing against all of this, but for entertainment and fun to become the sole focus of living, that's what is disturbing. Another worrying trend is that these days people in general just can't seem to get along with each other. It seems that stress and tension and quarreling over insignificant issues has become a constant factor in the daily life of the average person. As a direct result of this people are now more distant and divided from each other and more self-centered. People prefer online communication more via internet/mobile than real face to face communication. The human bonding that is the adhesive of a strong and healthy society is fast evaporating. I feel people should wake up to the fact they are being distracted by endless entertainment and divided by petty quarrels. All of this may sound negative bit I feel this is what is actually happening and this is certainly not our way of living and definitely not our culture.

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Abhii said: (Feb 17, 2017) 
Yes, definitely it's decaying.

When I was young I used to play games lock and key chess but now kids use to play with video games.

Second thing the dressing sense of man and women have changed. Day by day its getting shorter.

Trade of joint family have been declined.

And if we opt western culture. Where the people see with by bad way. Or the intention is wrong. Because they haven't seen this culture.

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Aman Sinha said: (Feb 17, 2017) 
Indian culture is the message of humanity, importance of relation, paragon of morality, and living evidence of peace and brotherhood: It is whole discipline in itself, but western culture are lack of them and trying to eradicate the goodness of Indian culture by attracting comfort was and addicted to luxurious.

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Anu said: (Jan 26, 2017) 
Yes, Our culture is DECAYING. I still remember the days when we were first introduced to Television. A popular serial "Hum Log" used to be aired. I was still a kid in class 4th or 5th. I remember most characters wore traditional clothes except for "Nanhe" a young boy. We idolised him started wearing jeans instead of kurta pyjama. Congratulations, Culture erosion had just begun. We took pride in learning English, started ignoring Sanskrit, as it was our optional language till 9th. We chose to educate our kids in convent schools and Kendriya Vidyalaya remained with government employees. There's nothing bad in updating oneself technically but aping the west is one should strongly despise. We should remember that our roots teach brotherhood and love not greed and lust. All that west has taught us is to compete against each other and stoop low to reach the bottomless pit of deceit and betrayals. We could revive our culture by doing small things like saying name with hands folded in prayer and touch feet of elders and gurus. We use Hindi as much as possible. Visit temples as frequently as possible. Teach our kids to bow low in respect and not reach so high is life so that when time comes we are not bound to stay at elderly homes and our last rites conducted by people we don't even know.

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Payal said: (Jan 16, 2017) 
Yes, I think our culture is decaying and it's not only about the clothes we wear but also many other things. Less than 40 percent youth is aware today about Sanskrit language which is one of the purest languages in world. In food interests, youngsters are more interested in burgers, pizza and coke even after knowing how harmful it is. Children spend most of their childhood with video games. Concept of joint family is vanishing. People prefer to say "bye" and "hello" rather than namaste and touching elder's feet.

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Chhabi Badaik said: (Dec 11, 2016) 
No, I don't think so, because In dressing ancient Indian were far more ahead in nudity E.G: Statue of barely clothed dancing girl of Mohenjo-Daro, Khajuraho temple, Konark temple etc. Clothing was same for both men and women I. E a rectangular piece of cotton until Maurya Period, no underwear, no blouse like dress for women. Untouchable and women are getting equal right. Then we are indulging in idol worship, astrology which is not Vedic culture but Gupta culture. So it depends on us, which aspect of Indian culture we are talking about.

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Chhabi Badaik said: (Dec 11, 2016) 
No, I don't think so.

1. If any one is saying it in dressing sense, then he or she is totally little information. In ancient India, this country is full of nudity E.G Dancing girl statue, Khajuraho temple, Konark etc. People were wearing one piece of Cloth until Maurya empire, I.E no blouse for women, Women and men were both have same clothes.

2. After the composition of Manusmriti around 400 CE, untouchable Caste had worst position in society, also women position in society had become less than men unlike in Maurya Period.

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Gaming Legend said: (Dec 8, 2016) 
No, I don't think it's decaying.

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Arya Paul said: (Nov 28, 2016) 
I think our culture is decaying because the school days that my father had experienced like no competition among kids in studies, playing manual games instead of video games and goes on the great gurukul system is vanished respect has vanished instead of amma and appa dad and mom came value of Indian culture is slowly disappearing sarees and dhotis are replaced but still I hope for some values somewhere may the hope be true, yes we should change according to time and situation but should not forget the root that is still holding us without falling.

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Shibnath Mukhopadhyay said: (Nov 18, 2016) 
Yes, our culture is decaying day by day. Mainly we are responsible for this decaying. If any of our Indian can adopt something from west, he or she takes pride for it. And in same case, if he had some ancient cultures due to good family background he or she tried hard to hide the fact from others and feel ashamed. In every part of our culture like music, movie, language are decaying. We thought that if one knows good English then he is very educated. Bt if inspite of huge knowledge in other fields only for weakness in English he or she is ignorant of us. This is our ignorance. Many words of English has been adapted from Sanskrit-our most ancient language. The most astonishing thing is that we are talking about how western culture decaying our culture and we are giving or compelled to give our opinion in English language.

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Siluveru Kiran Kumar said: (Nov 16, 2016) 
No, I don't think so why because of our culture is the very strong and immersed in the people. No one can destroy that in case of any such things happened we have to make campaigns so that they know our greatness of our culture. Every one of us has the responsibility to respect and protect our culture. But some other cultures are coming and destroying our culture so we should be careful.

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Srikanta Sha said: (Nov 9, 2016) 
India is a culturalist country so how we left the culture when a simple art has become colorful that can attract to the people like this our culture as car festival who can attack to the world people.

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Xyz said: (Oct 26, 2016) 
Our culture is not decaying anyways.

Festivals are an important part of any culture and I think we still celebrate the festivals with the same enthusiasm and fun.

It is just evolution. We are just advancing.

If people kept on thinking the way their forefathers did, the world would never change.

It is just that we are getting modern.

Though we have an impact of western culture on our culture and today's generation but that doesn't mean that our culture is decaying.

Although we wear jeans and skirts but that doesn't mean we have forgotten to wear sarees or suite.

This is just changing and we need to accept it this is just modernization and without it, our country can't develop.

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Shiksha said: (Oct 17, 2016) 
Hello friends,

I feel our culture is decaying many in present days, English words have originated from Sanskrit and Hindi, which should make us proud of speaking our national language. Speaking English for development of our country is definitely a great way to make a mark on the global scene, but China, France, and Germany are far ahead of us in all aspects yet they proudly converse in their own language. Children are forced to speak English by their elders for better jobs etc. If these countries can be developed by speaking their own language, why can't we?

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Gaurav said: (Oct 12, 2016) 
During 1830s lord Macauley, a British minister visited India and found the richness Indian culture he gave a statement that I've travelled across the boundaries of this country in if we wanna rule it we have to destroy its culture. And there starts our culture decaying. Gurukul was replaced by modern schools, Sanskrit by English, classical dance by western dance and many more. I'm not saying that it was bad, but every country needs amendments in its culture with time but losing culture totally from our lives is bad. A culture of a country define its people and throwing away the values of culture is bad.

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Manoj said: (Oct 3, 2016) 
According to me, Women are not doing the kolam. The kolam is an exercise to women.

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Vasanth said: (Sep 29, 2016) 
No, I don't think so. Culture is something that must and will change with generations. Just because it changes doesn't mean its decaying. You see people do things that bring comfort and increases their well-being. Back in those days, people used to wear this and sarees. But in today's generation is wearing jeans and skirts. It is because they are more comfortable to work with, takes less time to wear, easier to maintain and also have the ability to hold stuff (pockets). Now do this and sarees are worn in functions as they are more elegant.

The argument that "children don't respect their parents nowadays, they watch tv whole day" are from a point of view when they (parents) were kids. I am pretty sure that they have also got such comments from their parents (this is called juvenile). Yes, it is true that we are becoming more nuclear families, but it is because we have enough resources to live independent.

If you see countries like Japan they are more cultured and orthodox than us but have embraced western technology and fashion more than us (in fact they pioneered in technology).

So what I say is embrace what is good and leave what is bad. Develop our culture guys and girls :).

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Sahib Singh said: (Sep 28, 2016) 
I think Indian culture is not decaying. We see every year people celebrate every festival with a lot of happiness. Festival is an important part of an Indian culture. I want to say our culture is decaying, our lifestyle is changing. Do girls wear shorts that mean they forgotten their culture? No, she respects their elders, celebrates every festival.

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Abhishek said: (Sep 26, 2016) 
I think the humans are adopted only those stuff that they found easy to them. In 90 centuries we Indians are having many of our good cultures like that, yoga, wearing kurta, payjama, saaries, respect our elders by touch elders feet and some having bad cultures like that early age marriage, dowry system, doing pee in open, equality in society, caste system etc. Our Indian culture is like our treasure and we don't throughout by adopting western culture but now in 20 centuries we are educated people and educated people are smart they adopt only what they find right for the people and society. So we adopt some of their western cultures like maintaining good quality of life, improve in dresses, bridge the gap between two sex, eating pizza and burger etc and I don't think so that our culture is decaying. Because we try to put ourselves in better than the earlier lifestyle. But at end of the day, we humans could not adopt some good cultures like time punctuation, cleanliness, innovation, work complete before deadlines etc that is more needed in now in these days.

Thank you.

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Abhishek said: (Sep 24, 2016) 
No such thing as "Indian culture". There are cultures the subcontinent. Culture is the cream of a civilization. Civilization erroneously understood as people popularly is essentially the framework on which culture stands. So language is civilization but poetry/satire is culture. What has happened is that over time (not now, since long before independence) our civilization (in which lies our values/worldview) has been replaced by the western civilization (values). The culture is adjusting to sitting atop this western civilization.

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Nandhini said: (Sep 6, 2016) 
Yes our culture is being spoiled. But only by us.

We are the one who is adopting western culture. First of all, we should have respect to our culture, then we will not even think about adopting western culture. We think that western culture is better than our culture. But the truth is that, weatern culture is really simple and easy to follow whereas Indians' is bit tough to follow. As we prefer not strain too much for our culture we go for western culture and we also name it modernization, which is really cause by our laziness. As a matter of fact, western people don't celebrate Diwail, Pongal, then why do we have to celebrate valentine's day? As a citizen of Indian we have greatest responsibility to reform our culture.

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Janki said: (Sep 1, 2016) 
No, Indian culture is not decaying, Like all culture in the world, India culture is evolving.

When cultures come in with the other culture, they pick their best aspects and reject the bad aspects. That's how culture survives.

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Subhasree said: (Aug 15, 2016) 
Hello friends,

My opinion about the culture of India still stands. I think that the people of India will not change. Today on the day of our independence also I see the people least interested in our culture. On this day we gained independence but I here stand with a question, have you seen any person to wear a dress that resembles our own Indian culture?
According to me, I have seen the people talk about everything else except the importance of this day. The people who have supported westernization I am not offending them but I ask them all a single question. "Was it possible for us to get westernized if the British would not have given us independence or the freedom fighters like Gandhi or Netaji had not taken any action?".

I would like to say that the decay of our culture lies in our own hands, if we are not able to prevent it from decaying then we may suffer a huge loss.

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Sarayu said: (Aug 13, 2016) 
I think our culture is not decaying. Because, history is a cycle. It keeps on repeating in one or the other way. So one day our culture will be back.

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Chetan Verma said: (Aug 11, 2016) 
According to my thoughts, our culture is really decaying. We follow the western culture and foreign culture and forget the Indian culture. India is a country of different people and different culture but why we should follow the another culture. Our Indian culture supports the youth for martyrdom, support for unfair, support for saving other life, respect the elders and elders, avoid drugs and many much more things. But today we follow different culture like forget the respect of teachers and elders, avoid nation love etc if we really want to follow the western culture and foreign culture, first of all, we know very well they were follow some points like cleanliness, systematic and good management, punctual of time, and invent a different things but they can't follow the Indian religious culture or agriculture etc. For adjoining this foreign culture media and technology plays a very vast role.

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Mirrazasha said: (Aug 11, 2016) 
Dear readers,

Do you want to know the harsh truth why CULTURE is decaying? The answer is simple, IGNORANCE. The citizens of India are ignorant. The kids of generations are ignorant. I see many kids these days who use cheap, vulgar words to call their friends.

List of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Terminology

3. Aspects of cultural decay in Fahrenheit 451
3.1 The fast-paced society and its distance from nature
3.2 The lack of communication and interpersonal relationships
3.3 The lack of independent thinking
3.4 The abolishment of books

4. Historical background and sources of inspiration

5. Conclusion


1. Introduction

It has been recently discovered by the NASA that our civilisation is heading for collapse within a matter of decades. In their study, the scientists point out that “the process of rise-and-collapse is actually a recurrent cycle found throughout history.” (Nafeez Ahmed ) Despite the fact that all great civilisations made various intelligent inventions, underwent a rapid technological change, and preserved their vast knowledge for future generations, they inevitably collapsed and never were timeless.

There are mainly three reasons that account for the collapse of different civilisations and nations all over the world. First, some of them may be gradually absorbed and assimilated into another civilisation. Second, they were oppressed and forcefully conquered. Third, they finally collapsed after a slow degeneration due to various circumstances. But regardless of the reason, there was always one issue of great concern that all nations suffered from: cultural decay.

Since living together in large settlements, people have always had to deal with this problem. Therefore it is not unusual that this theme was taken up by various writers. They have dealt with this societal phenomenon in different literary works until the present day. Especially in the 20th century many authors chose this topic for their dystopian novels. George Orwell, Aldous Huxley and Ray Bradbury are best known for their descriptions of prospective future societies. The novel “Fahrenheit 451”, written by Bradbury nearly sixty years ago, is one of the best examples and still remains relevant in our society today.

In this term paper the novel will be examined in more detail with regard to aspects of “cultural decay”. Before discussing several text passages, the term will be specified in order to clarify why and when we talk about “cultural decay”. Following this, there are four aspects which will be analysed in more detail. The penultimate chapter will provide a historical background before giving a conclusion of the main points. The novel “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury is the major source of this term paper. Several websites were used in addition to that.

2. Terminology

This chapter will focus on the term “cultural decay”. Before starting any further discussion, it needs to be specified what the term stands for and in which context it is used. For a better explanation, the concepts of “culture” and “decay” will be considered separately first.

Many people have struggled to define the term “culture” due to such a variety of societal aspects. According to the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, culture is “the customs and beliefs, art, way of life and social organization of a particular country or group.” So, defining culture in this way, the term describes all the means by which a specific society explains itself to its members. This, for example, includes literature, music, values or different works of art and gives all human beings a sense of meaning that embeds them within their society. However, there are sometimes traits that are not unique to the normative standards of the dominant culture. That implies that there are specific social groups which differ from the majority of the society. They are described as “subcultures”. That makes clear, that there is no standard culture because of regional and social differences. Nevertheless, all different cultures have established their own way of thinking, living and being. Whenever a culture is questioned by a large group of its population it results in a change of the established structures. Some of the changes are good, but history has shown that they often tend to be changes for the worst in the long run.

In this case, the term “decay” is used refer to this process. According to the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, it means “the gradual destruction of a society, an institution, a system, etc.” Therefore, it can be said that the term “cultural decay” describes the loss of respect for tradition, a weakening of the cultural foundations, and a decrease in cultural diversity.

It is very important to consider the cultural identity of the individuals when talking about “cultural decay”. That means that their behaviours, customs and traditions might not be seen as normal by every other culture. Therefore, it always needs to be specified from which perspective someone passes judgement about another culture. Finally, it has to be said that “cultural decay” does not necessarily mean that there is a decline in every facet of the culture. While one part is in decline, some other parts might simultaneously be in expanding.

3. Aspects of cultural decay in Fahrenheit 451

In the novel there are four aspects which are considered to be indicators for a cultural decay in the society: “The fast-paced society and its distance from nature”, “The lack of communication and interpersonal relationships”, “The lack of independent thinking”, and “The abolishment of books”. Each chapter will give a short introduction with an explanation why these aspects should be considered as signs of cultural decay from a present-day perspective.

3.1 The fast-paced society and its distance from nature

Not all that long ago, human beings lived in harmony with nature. The life of Homo sapiens, who evolved during the recent Pleistocene era, was closely related to natural surroundings. Together with all the animals and plants on earth, the living was determined by natural cycles. Put simply, the time was marked by the rotation of the seasons, cycles of the moon and other celestial bodies. This is how we lived for millennia.

Then, there was a turning point in history and human relationship with time underwent a radical change. It was the Industrial Revolution in the second half of the 18th century which influenced almost every aspect of human life. Natural cycles were abandoned by mechanical processes and machines. From this point in time, and lasting until present, it is human nature to be better and faster. Our society is becoming more and more technologically advanced and human beings want everything readily available. Although the negative side effects of our fast-paced world can make us sick, they are often not noticed by the majority of the population. The demand for a faster living is bigger than ever before.

This fast-paced life is often considered to be an aspect of cultural decay which Bradbury also describes in Fahrenheit 451. There are several passages that deal with this facet and describe the lifestyle of the characters in more detail. In the following, these references will be analysed and explained in order to specify this aspect.

The society in Fahrenheit 451 is portrayed to be a fast-paced one. There is a first point of reference in a text passage at the very beginning of the novel. The protagonist Guy Montag meets his neighbour Clarisse McClellan for the first time. On their walk home from the train station, she asks several questions that force him to think deeply about his life and himself as a person. For example, she brings up cars as a topic for discussion. She asks him if he has “ever watched the jet cars racing on the boulevards down that way?” (Bradbury 3) Never before has Guy thought about such a question and even before he is able to answer she bares her thoughts to him: “I sometimes think drivers don't know what grass is, or flowers, because they never see them slowly” (Bradbury 3). With this statement Clarisse takes up a good point. She realises that the majority of the society is too preoccupied with speed and therefore people are not able to notice such simple things in their everyday life. They have no time to enjoy the different colours and the beauty of the nature. This also becomes clear when she talks about the moon. Guy realises that he “hadn’t looked [at the moon] for a long time.” (Bradbury 4) When she tells him that “there’s dew on the grass in the morning” (Bradbury 4), Guy is not even sure if he knew that.