Cultural Change

Cultural Change

Question

What is westernisation?

Answer

The sociologists Sri Nivas explains the term westernisation in these words, “The changes brought about in Indian society and culture as a result of over 150 years of British rule, and the term assumes changes occuring at different levels—technology, institutions like family education institution, castes, kinship, etc. ideology and values. Westernisation implies humanitarianism which in turn facilitated several reforms during the early nineteenth century. The abolition of inhuman practices such as Sati system, female infanticide and slavery was the result of reforms. Westernisation has also influenced political ideas and thinking. Nationalism and democracy are two ideas of the west, came to India through westernisation.

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