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First, I seriously question your statement on wealth and motivation in
India.  I
argue, in fact, that Indians have been very efficient and highly
capitalistic in
the past and continue to retain this character despite oppressive Government
intervention.>> 

In fact, that is exactly what I am trying to say. Indian society is far more
capitalistic than the west in many cases; and far more socialistic and state
controlled than what existed in the west, in many other cases. And that is
just the point -- the Indian society is much too complex and diverse to equate
it to any of the existing western paradigms.  

Government intervention is only part of the issue here. There are far too many
oppressive and intervening institutions based on communities, religions,
caste, etc. And many of them are quite capitalistic and liberal as well. 



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Secondly, Capitalism and Socialism are "new" concepts in Human history and
deal
with resource allocation, flow, management, etc.  A mature culture such as
the
Indian Culture which can broken into various social sciences and studied
quiet
thoroughly within the context of local interpretations.
>> 

Capitalism and socialism both were offshoots of the industrial revolution in
the west. In fact, at their core, both systems of governance agree on one
concept -- materialism. In capitalism, materialism is consumer driven; in
socialism this is state driven. 

But Indian society has historically not been based on the materialism concept
at all. And even now materialism is only one of the different concepts that
make up the Indian society. And of course, role domination or dharmic concepts
are some more. We need to analyze the Indian system much more comprehensively
in today's context. 

On a larger scale globalization is bringing cultures together, and in many
places cultures clash. And in India the same thing is happening on a smaller
scale. In fact, I have a hypothesis that India is a model of the presently
globalizing world. It is relatively cut off economically from the rest of the
world, and has so many different dimensions to its system; that is comparable
to the diversity existent in the world itself. 



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Economics, too, has a perspective on the culture and its
intra-relationships.  I
don't see why we can't study the Indian culture under such a lens to gain a
completely normalized perspective?  What is really important here is
whether there
are enough bold Economists to do this within India or not?  Else, India may
well
be examined through a far away lens which may shed little or no light at
all.>> 


We can and should study under this perspective as well. But I am not sure
whether it is the "normalized" perspective -- as far as India is concerned.
Because a lot of social dynamics don't fall into this perspective at all. 

Sincerely, 
Srinath 

 

Ideas for India: Building the future -- together 
http://www.ideasforindia.net/ 

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