“Today’s generation is getting rid of its culture, in our times Urdu had sophisticatedly been spoken but now a days Indian culture is invading our young minds, if you talk to the younger generation they would amalgamate Hindi words into Urdu language. This is unacceptable – we have lost our cultural values” said by an old aged man during an informal discussion with me.
According to him India through movies, music and their dramas have systematically been brainwashing our minds which is ultimately leading us towards Hinduism, we have unconsciously adopted many customs of their religion and culture.
The question I posed in return was how would he justify blending of “English” in Urdu which we use in our daily conversation. Is this not ruining our language and culture?
He seemed taken a back but suddenly admitted that English is a globally recognized language; we cannot deny importance of this language.
So, is it okay to get dominated by globally recognized culture and language?
I could see sheer discomfort on his face that made him walk away.
This is what I call resistance to change, our intolerant behavior that has become hurdle towards adaptability.
In my opinion, be it English or Hindi, we should speak whatever we want to. So long the listener is comfortable nobody should have problem with this. In Pakistan majority of the Pakistanis understand Urdu language and some how follow a culture with the blend of Indian traditions.
The glance of Indian culture may be seen in our daily lives especially in marriage ceremonies, Dholki, Mayo and Mehendi functions where we unconsciously follow Indian rituals on the contrary Islam strictly forbids Muslims to organize engagement and Mehendi ceremonies; not to forget the proudly celebrating Basant festivals, even the practice of visiting shrines have generated from India.
Our continuous denials and hostile attitude towards a country of having same culture and people speaks volume about our tendency of being radical. If our so called intellectuals have issues with the spread of Indian culture in our society they should equally condemn Americanization too.
Instead of selective resistance, we either need to strengthen our culture through media, text books and PR or leave it to the people to decide.