Fading AnthillTradition vs Technology        Collage

Some wise words say “Man must constantly destroy himself in order to construct himself again”. Wisely said and conveniently executed, we see more of destruction than construction. Well, the term construction is a quick attachment to development which has resulted in monstrous glass structures termed as Mega structures. Often modernism is referred to distinguish the current progress from the past. It is a common consideration that modernism can be achieved solely by rejecting tradition. A progressive model is ideal considering rapid growth but it can certainly be achieved going hand in hand with tradition. A fresh trend clearly displays the fascination to adopt the “west”. In spite of the spot light being on India we crave to embrace the foreign and parade it with grace.The idea of originality is an inner phenomenon and cannot be discarded without even exploring it. Setting standards is a must but simply hunting the overseas may not offer the desirable. India has been through rigorous transformations and shall follow going through more but being rooted holds a much higher value in the overall expansion. Nurturing culture could be a dense possibility to prevail; rest would fade with time. Having said this, technology also plays a wise role in current development.The only hitch is over dependency. We have surrendered to machines and technology to an extent that a silent thought without them would bring a halt. Needless t1o mention that this has eventually resulted in decreasing number of skilled labor.Ancient tools have been replaced by modern computerized machines which greatly helped in speeding but have created a mold which simply multiplies in various size and proportions. The Indian map is dotted with concrete without understanding the needs of growth. We often tend to measure growth in terms of quantity and not quality. Have we ever imagined how some ancient structures still stand tall without much of technology in use then? These master pieces have not just proved the test of time but rule in terms of services and aesthetics yet balancing the surrounding environment. The want of being superior in technology has sucked us in the rat race where the finish line seems to be catastrophic.As a result the origin of India has started to fade and now has no identity of her own.Indian resources and potential is rather preferred to put at rest than to discover it to the fullest. Indian tradition can be truly scenic and further crafted in a contemporary expression. If being rooted demands referring and reflecting the past then it’s high time for a cultural embrace.

Nikhil Juvekar

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