India is the only country in the world in which several centuries exist at the same time. It flows on, surges ahead but does not stop anything. All thoughts, ideas and fashions are welcome here. Since our economic liberalization and globalization, things have changed very fast. Modernity has galloped unimaginably ahead… waves of social change might create a stir on the surface but certain things and values remain the same at the bottom. Our predicament is that in the name of these changeless eternal values, some of us develop a very orthodox outlook. And a certain rigidity enters our thought processes. Similarly in the name of modernity, some people tend to overdo it. I believe that both these extremes dwarf our growth. The need of the hour is to strike a balance between our enduring values and the fast emerging trends.
If we look closely, we will find that the enormous difference between the two extremes is just superficial. How can values that have stood the test of time be outdated and redundant? I have observed that people from metropolitan cities pose to be ultra-modern but conservatism lurks from behind their masks. And those from small towns tend to be very orthodox yet display their keenness to be flexible in their thinking and willingness to adopt modernity is very evident. The fact is that India is eager for progress... and the only way forward is to adapt and become flexible. Become tolerant towards our fellow countrymen and women. So I say… Orthodox be modern. Modern be orthodox. Conservative be modern. Modern be conservative.