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Onslaught of Globalisation
By Wani Aijaz
The march of globalisation has not brought smiles on everyone’s face; rather it has developed the symptoms of anxiety and dissatisfaction among vast majority of world populace which could be seen by looking at the emergence of hundreds of new- multi dimensional movements whose members take onto streets every now and then to fight out the despotic and evil nature of globalisation.

The process has brought with it number of evils which were until very recently either dormant or altogether invisible. At first the coming of the age (Globalisation) from the social perspective has lead to the demolition of different social orders replaced by the new global one highly dominated by the western values and maxims. The traditions, customs and the ways of living peculiar to every community and region have disappeared in front of the dusty wave of globalisation. What emerged out of this is the problem of identity crisis which has dug new holes into our lives as we have borrowed everything dress-code, hair style, language, food habits etc from outside.

What differentiates this new homogenous global culture from the previous one has been its bent towards lust and greed, power and exploitation, openness and immorality. As consciously designed and highly motivated, helped out by use of science and technology, the onset of globalisation has been a cultural invasion of the western world on the rest to wrung out all good from them and make the journey of nude and barbarous culture of the western world very easy and smooth.

Social life is not the only corner infected. The economic globalisation of the world has enabled the exploiting parties to wrung-out poor man’s wealth more easily and comfortably as never before. Deceived by the promises of growth, progress and equality as advocated by the torchbearers of global capitalism, the world at large has seen nothing but the unending cycles of exploitation carried out by the transnational lords who have there businesses spread across countries and continents solely motivated by the gospel of profiteering at all. Out of this new economic fashion only a handful of corporate giants have benefitted and the rest have been driven in the unending traps of poverty.

The domination of economic regulations lead by the economic integrations of the world has brought disaster to the people’s lives. Any economic shortcoming in one corner affects the people in another. The nightmare of the global economic meltdowns has deeply affected the lives of the de-regulated national economies as little can they do to save their populace from the surrounding economic cyclones.

Politically, it has brought new challenges and concerns to the fore, adding to the further frustration of the international community. Be it global terrorism or birth of neo-colonialism, be it erosion of state autonomy or new challenges to international security, the world at large is caught in a new fire that it finds hard to cool down. As the world has achieved considerable unity in terms of connectivity, the levels of insecurity have simultaneously been multiplied. The idealistic vision of world peace and security advocated and being sought after by the visionary statesmen are still being superseded by the realistic motives of greed for power and exploitation. Even in this highly intensive and extensive age of globalisation the big and powerful states are still exercising their hegemony over large number of issues the block the peace, prosperity and happiness of the world. The onslaughts of globalisation do not stop here rather these seem to be countless to our eyes and the mind.

The writer is a passed out student from the Department of Political Science, Universiy of Kashmir. He can be contacted at

News Updated at : Tuesday, July 17, 2012
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