Has the world actually accepted globalization?
By Ravindra Rao
From nomads to urban warriors, human kind has seen a drastic and technical transition over centuries, since its inception. We are 'social animal' and have always thrived to mingle and jingle with the society. Integrating ourselves; our emotions, our feelings, our work and what not with people. There was always a sole principle in the back of our mind that distance doesn't matter but the forces does to bind us with the people. All of these sayings can be compressed into a word, i.e. globalization. Globalization has sprouted its way back to many thousands of years. People have been buying from and selling to each other in lands at great distances. Technically, globalization is a process of expansion, integration, interaction and anchoring among entities of different nations driven by international trade and aided by information technology. Well, that was definitely a jargon and to summarize it in a crisp manner globalization is the process by which anyone (individual, business or any organization) can work and operate on an international scale.
Since 1950, for example, the volume of world trade has increased by 20 times and it keeps on increasing to 'n' times by every single passing day. During the middle-ages, traces of globalization are found like the famed silk route across central Asia that connected China and Europe. Portuguese and the East India company had deliberately traded with India during 18th, 19th and 20th century. This shows how the world has adopted globalization and is harnessing it. But everyone doesn't have the same perspective to it. Globalization is deeply controversial. However, proponents of globalization argue that it allows poor countries and its citizens to develop economically and raise their standard of living through the free flow of FDI, while opponents of globalization claims that it is the process through which rich and powerful people expand their means to utilize (whether efficiently or not) at the cost of poorer and weaker. All these things whether true or not have certainly undermined the scope of globalization. Certainly, globalization is a platform through which domestic traders and entrepreneurs can compete with international organization and prove their mettle. Had it not been globalization, India which was at the brink of having debt trap in 1990-91 certainly would not be able to develop her economy and to become a nation having fastest developing economy rate in the world. Globalization is the medium through which our culture, our teachings, our skills, our proficient products can be integrated to the global market and provide everyone with the heritage we have. In a rapidly changing world, where every hour, every minute and every single second, we are leaping toward a more scientifically advanced technology, globalization is the key feature through which everyone can get the benefit of it. Many says, it is a harm to our culture, our tradition and it might be true in certain conditions when people starts believing that everything western is superior and start neglecting their own customs. Well, culture and traditions are certainly not penal to abide by but mixing it with western, dissolves the teachings of our ancestors which might hurt cultural sentiments. Gandhi Ji said, "I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the culture of all lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any." This surely explains that he did understand the pros and cons of globalization. With all the hustle and bustle pushing and pulling the flow of international trade, globalization has helped to reach out to thousands and millions of people living in far, distant and remote areas.
Globalization is surely integrating domestic market to international market but only this does not reflect the actual scope of globalization. It is the transfer of ideas, sentiments and much more. It is the mean through which savings (money, resources, culture or anything) can mobilized and channelized into a productive use.
In the light of realities, the present situation is that rich and big industrialists run few errands to lure and coax poor labourforce of under-developed and developing countries. And the poor people in search of better life prospects and opportunities confirm their candidature. Globalization is about providing equal opportunity to all with free and fair competition and promotes equity.
Today, we are living in a dynamic society where every second is passing by with new advancement in technology and developing various innovative courses of action to accomplish and certify a given task. Globalization has paved ways and opened many doors of opportunity for tech-know-how and fresh grads. Many nations have actually suffered a lot for not accepting globalization and sometimes, accepting it becomes a necessity rather than choice.
Today, world has become a global village because of globalization. Everything we did earlier can be done now within seconds. Foreign direct investment (FDI), availability of alternatives, discovery of new technology is possible because of globalization. If the world had not accepted globalization, then today the situation must have been strange. So, all thanks to globalization due to which we all are able to interact and integrate ourselves. Internet, a.k.a the world wide web is a catalyst and a component of globalization. It is now very hard to imagine a nation where the economy has not actually not accepted globalization.
An isolated nation may not be able to procure and produce resources to fulfill its citizen's needs and demands. The present scenario is that the world has partially accepted globalization in terms of trading purposes and continue to hinder the social and culture elements of globalization. So, this is the high-time when people have to realize the potential of globalization and take it as a nurturing tool. The world consists of individual and is indifferent to everyone. Globalization should positively affect the lives of all people and then it will be sure that the world has actually accepted globalization but till then it is just accepted by riches who bait others and the victim are eventually the poor people.
It is sure that "a day" will come when globalization will help everyone to get their 'ambition-work' and executed properly.
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