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India’s Moment in the U.S. Spotlight

What does this mean? Is it as simple as a foreshadowing of the U.S. is beginning it’s handover as a world leader to Asia? Is it merely because the Indian culture is being filtered through a western idealism? This author feels that it’s much more complicated than that. But he does point out some issues with the way the U.S. accepts other cultures. Is it only acceptable as long as it’s done “our way”? Can we not accept cultures as they are? Do we need Who Wants to Be A Millionaire as the central focus in order to accept a wonderfully moving story about life in India? Do we need a British actor to play Gandhi in order for us to welcome his story and shower it with awards? These are some difficult and possibly offensive questions that the author brings to the table as he studies the sudden attention that India is getting, mostly because of the incredible film Slumdog Millionaire by director Danny Boyle. There’s nothing wrong with the fact that we love the movie here in the U.S., but the question is “why now?” A slow and steady rise in the popularity of Bollywood over the last few years may have laid the groundwork, but is there something more complex going on? Maybe that’s just fine, but it’s always good to ask the question.

Read the article >>> “India Shining?: America’s Indian Moment” by Derik Smith (from Popmatters.com)