India: The Awakening Giant

India: The Awakening Giant

India: The Awakening Giant

India: The Awakening Giant

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All Asia is in a turmoil of political, economic, social, and cultural revolution.

The era of political revolution did not end with the proclamation of independence by former colonies and the overthrow of old dynasties. The liberated peoples have not yet found their forms of political organization. Their new, hastily drafted constitutions have not matured, to be cherished and respected by the people as traditions. In the turbulent years of liberation, most of these countries chose democracy, others decided to conform to the Russian pattern. But the new constitutions have not yet passed the test of time.

Asian peoples are in a state of economic revolution, not in the sense of blazing new trails, as some of their leaders are inclined to believe, but in the sense of a deep conflict between the western economy which they are emulating and the traditional forms of their own economy.

The social revolution is in full swing in Asia, not as a revolt of exploited masses against their masters, but in the instability of the new social fabric. The contest for power between different social groups will come after the consolidation of political parties.

The cultural revolution is spreading under the impact of a clash of the new economic and political ideas with ways of life rooted in old traditions.

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