- “Although we have made significant achievements, our societies are becoming increasingly divided over access to wealth and resources,” said the CJI
- He also talked about the impact of globalisation on genetic diversity, which is leading to rapid loss of crop varieties, wild species, and indigenous livestock
- “Another aspect of globalisation is its impact on local handicrafts and artisans,” added the CJI
“With rapid globalisation and massive developments in science and technology, several cultures and identities are interacting with each other with increased frequency. Driven by the winds of globalisation, we are moving towards a global culture. As this global culture engulfs the world, the need for sustaining diversity assumes great significance,” said Justice Ramana.
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The Supreme Court judge further said: “The global culture is emerging as a threat to local cultural symbols and identities. The social media, television and pop culture glamourise a particular way of life and sadly we are blindly aping the same.”
Justice Ramana said his observations should not be taken as criticism of globalisation per se, but do prove that something has gone wrong with the current model of globalisation.
“Although we have made significant achievements, our societies are becoming increasingly divided over access to wealth and resources,” he added.
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He cited the 2021 UNESCO World Report of Languages to claim that half of the 7,000 languages spoken around the world today are at risk of disappearing by the end of the century. The loss of languages is not only a loss of literature and folklore but also a loss of wisdom inherited from generation to generation, he added.
In addition, globalisation has an impact on genetic diversity, resulting in rapid loss of crop varieties, wild species, and indigenous livestock, he said.
In addition, climate change and environmental pollution are impacting wild varieties, causing an ecological imbalance.
“Another aspect of globalisation is its impact on local handicrafts and artisans. With global brands flooding the markets, with mass-produced designs and products, the local artisans are pushed to the corner,” he stated.
In his view, true education fosters true impulses and independent thinking. Youth must dive deep and bring change from within instead of being prisoners of the status quo. “You cannot change the world with mere high principles and morals. You need to act,” he said.
Further stating that honouring plurality is essential to maintaining democracy, he said, rather than cultivating the feeling of “othering”, education should create an environment in which people can nurture diversity.
Notably, the Honoris Causa doctorate was conferred on Justice Ramana by Osmania University. In spite of having not studied at Osmania University, Justice Ramana recalled his memories with the varsity during his student days.
Osmania University is one of those universities that combine scholarly pursuits with political participation, said the CJI, adding that the varsity has produced one of the most remarkable prime ministers of India, PV Narasimha Rao.