Friday, November 7, 2008

Understanding Globalization: Issues And Challenges

Philosophical Society of Dev Samaj College For Women, organized a seminar on the theme “Understanding Globalization: Issues and Challenges”. In the seminar Dawinderpreet, Sukhpreet, Sakshi and Kanwaljeet discussed the various debates on globalization with over 300 students of the campus.

In the first session, Dawinderpreet while defining the globalization said that “globalization is better understood in terms of internationalization. Right from television, washing machine, mobile phones or Mac Donald pizza the whole house hold stuff is full of the products of globalization. The important debate which comes up while discussing globalization is whether globalization poses any threat to the economy of a developing nation. Do globalization serves any interest to the needs of the entire section of the society.

Sakshi, in her presentation, said that “Globalization is both an active process of corporate expansion across borders and a structure of cross-border facilities and economic linkages that has been steadily growing and changing as the process gathers steam.”

Sukhpreet said that “globalization process has been engineered by corporate elites, and serves their interests, they have successfully conveyed the impression that globalization is not only inevitable but has been a great success. This is fallacious. She further said that in order to bring globalization in real sense one has to rethink the concept of “Development”. It should cater the interest of all the sections of the society.

Kanwaljeet expressed her dissatisfaction over the gap in incomes between the 20 percent of the world's population in the richest and poorest countries. She said that
“The globalization of recent decades was never a democratic choice by the peoples of the world--the process has been business driven, by business strategies and tactics, for business ends.”

In the second session, Paramjeet, Popsy, Poonam, Navdeep, Amarjeet, Impinder, Sandhya and Gurmeet raised important questions. The session was also addressed by Mr. Ambuj Sharma of the Department of Philosophy.