Understanding the post-colonial India’s culture: A juxtaposition of modern and traditional values
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Three main historical socio-economic factors influenced the Indian organ-isations before economic liberalisation in the 1990s: the caste system, the British colonisation and post-independence socialism. However, amid this background after the Indian economy opened up to the world, there was a move towards transparency, professionalism and less bureaucracy. Nevertheless, India remains a country of paradoxes. Despite a majority of the population being rural, agrarian, illiterate and poor, India also possesses the largest group of skilled professionals in the world. In a colloquium to discuss India from a business perspective for multinational corporations, a panel comprised of Indian industry captains, academics and social workers noted that India is a country where contradictions coexisted peacefully, such as a spirit of cooperation and competition; lack of discipline and readiness to follow processed; chaos and order.
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