Contextualising Indian Cultural Symbiosis
Regional session 3 of the Students’ Parliament, deliberated upon the issue of Cultural Symbiosis in the Indian context. The initial purview was on how the cultural changes happened periodically from the ancient age to the modern technological times in which we live. It was noted that the term Symbiosis is not merely a biological term; it has some external meaning with regard to the existence of life. Rajan Gurukkal, former Vice Chancellor MG University linked cultural symbiosis to consistent mutual help; to cultivate the essence of cultural symbiosis we need to maintain cultural, economical and religious diversity as well as diversity of languages also.
Alongside, while talking about cultural symbiosis, Shri. K. P. Mohanan observed that we are living in a secular, socialist, democratic nation, with all the citizens having equal opportunities and rights. According to him Cultural symbiosis should be understood as two dissimilar human beings living together and depending upon each other. Also, he pointed out that difference is the essence of existence if we consider the term culturally: We are all part of one family, which is humanity. He emphasised the phrase vasudhaivakutumbakam [the world as family] so as to express the real meaning of cultural symbiosis.
Media person Shri. John Brittas talked about cultural symbiosis with a religious and techno-oriented twist: we all should be proud to be Indians because three major religions co-exist here harmoniously. He added that the media is the most prominent vehicle of cultural change in this fast growing technological world; in this shift smart phones have a vital role. He also urged the next-gen to use the scope of technology to willfully bring in change – “flirt with the dream” – but to be wary of mindlessly changing the core values of the society. And yet, he reminded all that culture is not a permanent status; it will change according to the current needs of the society.
At the end of the session two students Amritha Haridas from Kerala and Kripali Javed from Maharastra presented their opinions. Also, a resolution to recognize and cherish our country’s cultural diversity; to realize that unity and diversity are to be assured in the basic fabric of our constitution, was put to vote and passed unanimously.