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Ill-effects of globalisation discussed

THE TWO hour-long panel discussion on ?Media and Globalisation? concluded with the warning that society as a whole should remain alert against the drastic effects of globalisation on Indian economy and its cultural heritage. Speaking on the occasion , Nasa scientist and the executive director of film ?Amu?, Dr Bedabrata Pain, said the concept of globalisation was not a new idea. Globalisation stands for ?exapansionism?.

india Updated: Jan 09, 2006 00:53 IST

THE TWO hour-long panel discussion on ‘Media and Globalisation’ concluded with the warning that society as a whole should remain alert against the drastic effects of globalisation on Indian economy and its cultural heritage.
Speaking on the occasion , Nasa scientist and the executive director of film ‘Amu’, Dr Bedabrata Pain, said the concept of globalisation was not a new idea. Globalisation stands for “exapansionism”.

What the Britishers did from 16th century to 18th century was just a part of restricted globalisation. Today, the concept has assumed wider prospective. This too aimed at expanding global market for sale of commodities.

He said in mid 80s, expansion of capital market was envisaged through wars but at present it was aimed to achieve it through free flow of ideas. In the name of globalisation, the powerful countries were constantly attacking the sovereignty of other nations by forcing them to accept new laws which suit them.

Pain warned against blind following of laws by a handful of powerful nations to protect one’s heritage. He said media too has come under the influence of globalisation and lost its freedom to a large extent.

Sudhir Mishra said globalisation has adversely affected the filmmaking industry. Hollywood was making efforts to discourage Bollywood, which had 95 per cent market share. “Challenges posed by globalisation has helped me to make extraordinary movies to compete with the global movies,” he said.

He said Western imperialism was a great threat to filmmakers as it was restricting their rights of telling story. Besides, the concept of pleasure(ism) in Indian cinema has also restricted making of real and thought provoking films, he added.

He said globalisation was the biggest censor in itself as it stops telling original, real stories and cultural projections. The government should take measures to check the invasion of globalisation on Indian cinema and to protect small cinema producers. Sonali Bose criticised the globalisation for discouraging investments in non-entertainment films like “Amu”. “Globalisation has promoted only entertaining films which lack ideology and good message.

Earlier, there was art contents in commercial films, but now even art movies lack basic contents,” he said. She said in any case, art of consciousness should not be curbed. Artistes should be given freedom of what they wanted to convey the masses.. In case, the artistes were asked to kill their original ideas, society would be at loss, she added.

Sonali said depiction of women in films and TV serials was highly unsatisfactory due to influence of globalisation , consumerism and commercialism. There was need to preserve Indian culture and human integrity, she added.

First Published: Jan 09, 2006 00:53 IST