why on earth do people think traditions can be that easily destroyed by globalization?
i think a lot of processes in india have evolved over long periods to suit local conditions; therefore they survive and thrive. a good example is caste. i personally think caste is a good thing, although casteism is not.
caste exists in all societies and has always existed but has been called other things. for instance, WASPs are the top caste in the us, followed by jews and catholics. arabs come last in the white hierarchy, but they are all higher castes than all brown, black, yellow, and red people. a good indication of this is the proliferation of korean, chinese, indian and other christist churches in the us. all these 'lower-castes' feel like second-class citizens in the WASP churches. and oh by the way, if you don't believe that caste exists in the us, and you are a brown indian, try to marry one of the high-caste catholics, say the kennedys. you won't get very far, guaranteed.
among mohammedans, the untouchables are women. the bottom castes are subcontinentals; above them are malay and indonesians; then persians and other whites esp. blond ones; arabs are the top caste. among arabs, the prophet's tribe are the top caste; among them, his family members, etc. there is a very clear hierarchy.
among marxists, casteism and sexism are very high. they are probably the most casteist and sexist people in india. otherwise, name one indian chief minister who was a marxist woman. the best candidate was k r gowri in kerala, acknowledged widely as perhaps the most able leader among marxists. and she is an OBC ezhava as well, and ezhavas are the marxists' base. but whenever it came time to appoint a chief minister, it was always a 'high-caste' male who got the nod. similarly, in bengal, the 'high-caste' marxist leaders do not give a damn to the atrocities perpetrated on 'low-caste' people -- for instance the burning alive of a harijan non-marxist last year, or the continuous pogroms against them by mohammedans in bangladesh.
i think, to echo what jesus allegedly said: 'let them who are not sinners cast the first stone'. everyone is a sinner. caste is about as human as race is, and it cannot be eradicated.