[BangPypers] Why do indians copy?

Noufal Ibrahim noufal at gmail.com
Fri Oct 16 08:55:47 CEST 2009

On Fri, Oct 16, 2009 at 8:33 AM, Kenneth Gonsalves <lawgon at au-kbc.org> wrote:
> it is cultural - India will only be free when youngsters are confident enough
> to smoke/drink in front of their elders. This same attitude of 'respect' being
> the crucial thing is everywhere. Ask questions? You lose respect by exposing
> your ignorance. Take an unpopular stand - 'you will lose respect if you talk
> rubbish like this'. Basically we worry too much about what other people think
> of us. And do not worry enough about learning new things - even at the cost of
> losing 'respect'. So you copy because you do not want to lose 'respect' by
> failing - and if you do lose respect you hang yourself. In fact I once made a
> remark about RMS, and was told 'at least respect him as an elder'. Why should
> I? He is younger than me ;-)[..]

While introspection and analysis of our 'culture' is a good thing. A
forceful integration from the 'west' is probably not a good idea. I'm
sure they have issues with their 'culture' as well.


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