The Challenges of the Diffused Indian Cultural Matrix in the Era of Globalization: A Gandhian Perspective


Published: 2019-12-03

Page: 14-19

Debahuti Panigrahi *

Department of Sociology (Arts and Humanity), Kalinga University, Mantralay, Atal Nagar, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, 492101, India.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Gandhiji, also lovingly known as Bapuji or the father of the nation of India, a global proprietor of functional social change is not remembered as a mere leader but honoured as a charismatic figure–the much acclaimed saint of Sabarmati, with selfless service, a futuristic ideology and vision for nation building with scientific spirit and spiritualism [1]. Whereas Marx and Hitler believed in perpetuating change in social system through their western oriented conflict perspective, Gandhiji believed in reconstructing the Indian society through positivism. This paper discusses how his revolutionary ideologies can be implemented to deal with issues and challenges of the distorted Indian cultural milieu in the era of globalization.

Mahatma Gandhi could unlock great truth of his time that has relevance to the contemporary world. While delving deep into his noble and rare insights one can find potential gadgets and tools still lying idle in his old models of workshops and the much sought after key to unlock the truth that India is capable of economic, political and social self sustenance and is not to be dragged, tied to other foreign models-namely-globalization, in its rough sense. He fabricated and designed great models such as “Ahimsa” and “Satyagraha” to reach for the truth-Freedom or Self Reliance or Swaraj! [2,3,4]. The problems of Globalization that he had well predicted before the onset of the process have surfaced in today’s world. A Gandhian perspective would not only help us in analysing the factors, agents, nature and impacts of globalisation, but also in finding a solution so as to carry out the restoration of diffused Indian cultural matrix and nation building [5,6].

Keywords: Basudhaibakutumbakam, consumerism, cultural hegemony, cultural matrix, cultural pluralism, globalization, Satyagraha, social dynamics, Swaraj, virtual colony

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Panigrahi, D. (2019). The Challenges of the Diffused Indian Cultural Matrix in the Era of Globalization: A Gandhian Perspective. Asian Journal of Sociological Research, 2(1), 14–19. Retrieved from


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