Straight Angle™: Hardened Thoughts
Friday, March 16, 2007

Hardened Thoughts 

It's been two years that I wrote this piece.
[...Geopolitics of Globalisation by Baldev Raj Nayar. A nice collection of facts, interpretations, history and Politics of Globalisation. The author seem to have a bent towards anti-americanism...american hegemony....Hegemon of Hegemons as he calls it....though the hegemonism be true, still it doesn't prevent the author from taking stance.....would we - meaning the Indians be any different, given the chance and the ability to lord over the world...Simple facts like the amount US spent on its defence in the year 2001 (US$351 Bn) is way..infact miles ahead of the next five countires put together...the US's power isn't manifest only in Military...it is there in Hollywood, McDonald's , Walt Disney, Microsoft, Google...everything....one probable reason why US is able to lord over the world is this hidden influence on the way people everywhere think....by creating clones everywhere, US is able to sustain interest in it....there are many grey areas in the development stories of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan...the author provides a nice account of what transpired between the powers that be....how many conditions of America was accommodated..
It's surprising that in the two years, my thoughts had changed little. But I wrote those words, without seeing/verifying things on my own. But now, having seen a bit of US, I know I hadn't been wrong. Yesterday, as we had gone to Costco for some shopping to carry back to India, I noticed something and made a note to my room mates and they too seem to agree.

There is so much of imitation of American way of life in Indian Global companies- it hardly matters if you are in US or in Indian offices of these companies. The companies, though Global, are basically, very much American. It is a fallacy that we call them Global companies. The American hegemony (if I can call it that ways) is all too visible in the way business is conducted across Indian companies. Is there any distinct Indian-ness in any of the companies? Or for that matter is there any distinctiveness in any of the companies that dot the Globe now, except Americanism?

While writing this, I have a parallel thought- is there any distinct Americanism anywhere?- Or is it simply the most efficient way of doing things as we know now? Is it simply because of the American efficiency- which I thoroughly appreciate and marvel at, that we tend to have clones everywhere trying to do things that Uncle Sam had done and done it successfully?

Questions to Ponder- I don't think I would be pondering them while on flight back home!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

krish - any opinion is wrong if it is given by a biased person, the same is the case here, the person who says that US spends so much on defense does not think that it is US's own money, they will spend it the way they want and you know due to so much spending on defense, the related industries are also on an uptrend. Does that author see this business sense. And if you say that so much americanisation in companies, then dude where the books studied in MBA are all by amercian authors, what difference you can expect from companies. My take is all this is subjective, come to clear terms which is the richest country and which country developed the fastest, that is the best, and the rest as you would have seen in cricket just analyse and dont execute..karan

3/31/2007 11:28 AM  
Blogger Krish said...

@Karan: You have a point..While I completely agree that we dont have an option, your point of accepting it meekly, doesnt suit me! I would rather crib about it, try to do something about it, try to vent out my feelings on the Copy-Cating of US as much as possible. This ain't hypocrisy. When you dont have an option, you try to work inside the constraint to best suit you. I dont think, just because something had worked for US, it should work for everyone. Just that, there can be alternatives.

4/02/2007 6:28 AM  

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