Generation gap in india.

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Generation Gap in India

Quite often do we come across situations wherein we have a healthy dispute with our elders (especially parents) about our low waists or probably the knee-cuts or maybe the late nights or one of the thousands of “issues”. Sports Vs TV Games, Home Made Vs Fast Food & so on – it’s a miniature battlefield out there! So what is all this about? The young getting careless – orthe elders getting tougher? Well, practically, it’s none of these. What we have here is a Generation gap. Technically, it is defined as occurring “when older and younger people do not understand each other because of their different experiences, opinions, habits and behavior”. So ultimately what comes out is a series of clashes running haywire all across the world. Before concentrating on theGeneration Gap in countries like India, let us have a look at its worldwide history. The 1920s introduced the newer generation to jazz music & dance halls, thus creating a socalled gap between them & their elders. But the real cause behind the widening of this gap lies in the 1950s (often pronounced as the age of Baby Boomers) wherein soldiers had just returned from the wars & had begun havingfamilies. The veterans, being slightly tough in nature, naturally detested the youth, who were highly influenced by the introduction of the rock culture. The next big gag was created in 1980s which gave birth to the MTV era. Pop, Rock, etc. just poured in from all sides, drowning the new generation altogether away from their elders. This gap then started widening drastically in the 1990s & today, it hasexpanded in leaps and bounds. Now let us concentrate on the history of Generation Gap in India. Far back in the 1920s or so, the families in India lived by certain unwritten rules. Women (& girls) spoke back very rarely to their husbands or fathers. The youngsters too, rarely spoke back. It can be noticed that the condition of Indian economy (not to forget the reign of the outsiders) was directlyresponsible for such conditions. Most of the families were poor, many of the others were from the Royal blood, & the remaining were somewhat rich. Hence, overall, there was no such prominent gap between two generations, because, frankly speaking, there was no medium for such a gap.

As time proceeded ahead (around in the 1950s and 60s), India had just gained freedom & development was in thecradle. Western culture had jumped in minute quantities in the form of gramophone music, movies, etc. The elders at that time, being highly patriotic, highly detested the new medias of entertainment. One more reason for the same was that more and more people had started shifting to the developing cities (Mumbai, Calcutta, etc.) and there was a strong potential barrier between the urbanites & therurals. The youth was naturally attracted towards the city life. This gap started widening more & more & finally in 1990s, there was another big hit. The introduction of Mobile phones & pagers, TV games, Computers, etc. caused a drastic change in the lifestyle of people. The rise in economy led to more n more buyers of automobiles, gizmos. There began enormous spending on fast food restaurants,entertainment (movies, malls) and other media. Today, as we can see, the youth is totally dependent on these technologies. The elders however prefer the older ways of working. Though any of them have adapted to the new winds, there are many who still sail their own way. The elders detest the modern ways of partying, youth getting addicted to alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, etc. The youth, on the otherhand, are fed up with the regular criticism of the elders. The youth prefer the fast & happening life, whereas the elders prefer the good old hard-working & stable life. There are many other factors like globalisation, advancements in communications, India’s ever increasing prominence in the global marketing, leading to more & more International tycoons investing in the country, etc. Technology has...