Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Murli Manohar Joshi said in Bhopal on Sunday globalization has a fundamental defect as it is based on Semitic philosophy, which believes in a separate creator and exploitation of Nature for consumption by man.
Joshi was speaking on day two of the Lokmanthan in the plenary session on ‘nationalism in the era of neo-liberalism and globalization’ at state assembly here. The other speaker was economist and NITI Aayog member Dr Bibek Debroy.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan chaired the session. The event is being jointly organised by the state culture department and Prajna Pravah, a RSS inspired think-tank.
“According to some thinkers, globalization is not working for the poor and the environment as fundamentals are wrong and defective.
“Unlike Western concept of globalization, which is reductionist and mechanistic, our concept of globalization is holographic and inclusive,” Joshi said.
Indian civilization ethoses are based monistic philosophy, he said. “We think divinity pervades the whole existence and as so we have reverence for all. Semitic religion believes in a separate creator and in… consumption and exploitation.”
Talking about how globalization was affecting the society the world over, he said on one side there is excess of money and on the other there is lack of it.
“Globalization affects cultures and makes society unstructured whereas in India, family is our basic and very important unit,” he said.
Joshi said western concept of globalization has turned out to be more aggressive, more violent, economically disjointed that led to surge in religious bigotry in the world. “The world needs a new economic structure.” Dr Bibek Debroy in his speech said India should set the debate and agenda on globalization for the world.
“Many developed countries have become protectionist while developing countries like India want globalization,” he said.
There is a perception that globalization threatens culture, he said. “I do not think our culture is so fragile that it will be threatened by globalization. Globalization is not new and existed during the 19th century. The problem is that we don’t know our culture.”
It is in events like Lokmanthan that a template about what India wants in economic, environmental and cultural domains can be built, he said. “The single most constraint in this is that we lack sense of pride, we don’t know our legacy. We have warts and blemishes, but we can still be proud of India.”
Speaking on the session earlier, Shivraj Singh Chouhan said India had a globalised view for ages.
“Indian culture reveres all life forms–plants and animals– as is evident from their presence in Indian mythology and everyday life of the people,” he said.
“I have this firm belief that Indian view on globalization will show the way to a world obsessed with material goods.”