~ West Vs East : ‘Nationalisation and Denationalisation’ of Family

Due to current economic crisis many Governments in the world has limited budget. So, discussion about social  structure in own country has got attention in order to find solution to economic crisis. Here is rough comparison between Western (Nationalization) and Eastern (De-nationalization) family structure based on few parameters. Both systems has its advantages & disadvantages.

Why there is need to study family structure/culture?

Family or Social structure plays very important in finding how country will respond to Government policies , whether system is Recession proof in long-term and also to find solutions to current economic crisis. So, it is important to study country’s family structure,  culture,  beliefs., mind-set, and behaviour patterns.

How Ancient India used to tackle economic crisis?

In west or outside India, Economics is studied separately from Social Science / Religion / Faith / Beliefs / Politics. But, as per well-known Indian Ancient Scripture ,  Artha-shastra (in Sanskrit Artha means Wealth & Shastra means Science/policies),  all these subjects should be studied together to make economic policies of the nation!

Great Hindu Scholars / Rishis Kautilya and Vishnugupta had invented Artha-shastra ; which was further followed deeply by great Scholar Chanakya and his student the great King Chandragupta Maurya, founder of mighty Maurya Empire – one of golden periods in Indian history. Due to efforts of these scholars/ rishis / economists,  India was a leading economy of the world with about 25- 33% of World’s GDP share for first 1700 years  among last 2000 years AD (even hundreds of years before that)!

Hope Indian politicians & economists will use such ancient wisdom to make India’s future economic policies rather than just waiting for others to make first and then copy as it is!! If so, situation will be like Hindi proverb “Diya Tale Aandhera” , means Darkness below the Lamp!!

Comparison: Nationalizing (West) Vs  Denationalizing (East) the family

Some of Western countries had adopted “Nationalizing the family” concept where Government takes care of citizen through benefits / pensions. While Eastern countries (like India &  some other Asian countries) had adopted model of “De-nationalizing the family” may be due to cultural reasons and ancient lessons.


Nationalisation (West) VS Denationalisation (East) of Family

Source: Wikipedia, Google search and other links mentioned in the post.

See some comparison about family structure of west and east (India) at table below.

Note: This is as per my little understanding of the subject. Correct me, if wrong. This is just to give basic idea of family life as per both systems. Feedback or suggestions are welcome.

Parameters Nationalizing   family concept (e.g. Europe / UK / US) – WEST De-Nationalizing   family concept (e.g. India / Asia) – EAST
Finance   / Money

Government/State   is like head of the family, takes care of all citizen

No   support from anyone outside. Husband & Wife or Senior members   /Parents/Grand parents takes care of all in family

Government pays for your Maternity cost /   Education /  Health / Unemployment   benefits / Old age care (Laws differs from country to country)

Subsidize   Government hospitals/ education for lower income groups. Some scholarships/help if you fit into   government’s definition of “Poor” & suitable for benefits! No Govt. benefits to Middle class & Rich people.

 Too much   financial & social burden of families on Government/State

Not   much financial burden of families on Government. Only right policies &   investments  are required, families   will support themselves through opportunities created

Taxes (Direct & indirect)  are generally high (especially, in   Socialistic model) to bear financial burden

Taxes   (Direct & indirect) are moderate

Even Entrepreneurs and Start-ups are dependant   on State funding or subsidies from Government

Government   only sets up special economic zone (SEZ) in some areas or build some   infrastructure for business. You have to save & use own money for   business or arrange  through Bank loans   with over 10 % interest rates  Or   Borrowings from Relatives & Friends

System may help to fill the income gap in   society (especially in Socialist model) , and collectively lifts living   standards of all citizen 

Income   of family depends of available opportunities, education & individual hard   work. So, Income gaps in society exists


Results   in Individuality / Nuclear Families / Independence / less dependant even on   own family members!

Results   in Togetherness / Belongingness / Combined or big families in society

Promotes culture of External Authority or   Outside control in society

Culture   of Internal (self) Authority Or Inside (Individual or family) control in   society


As   Govt. protects people financially for lifetime, system promotes reckless   spending habits / Non-saving attitude

No   one protest you financially. So, you have to save for future/bad times /   medical expenses.

Due to Govt pampering, there are chances that   citizen might be financially careless / irresponsible / non-belonging /   may take facilities for granted

One   has to stay as per social rules. No option but to be responsible in terms of   finance , Spending, and adopt habit of saving for the sake of future of all   family members

Behavioural   impact

Results   in Individuality & Nuclear family culture

Results   in Togetherness , Incisiveness & Combined (big) family culture  

Too much individuality or independence since   childhood may develop an attitude of lack of : compromise / adjustment /   tolerance / patience 

Living   together with big family promotes the attitude of Compromise / Patience /   Sacrifices for sake of family / Adjustment / more tolerance towards others in   society.

Seniors / Youth has less responsibility towards   their Kids (Maternity /Education, Health / Employment) and elders ( old age   care / pension) 

Youth   / Seniors has to take care of everyone in their family 

Relationships & Marriage

If   citizen becomes too much individual/independent and dependant on state for   finance , they are likely to be less responsible towards future. This   situation improves chances of breaking the family or increase Divorce rates   or promotes carefree Live-In relationship culture in society

Promotes   interpersonal bonding. Divorce Rates may be low due to togetherness/   belonging/ adjustment/ Sacrifices / compromise attitude since childhood.   Also, both husband & wife have lots of responsibilities/liabilities   towards family which tie them together, keep them busy  for common future goals

Individuality / High Divorce Rates / Live-In   relationship (facility) / Carefree / Financially dependant on government   & Irresponsible for future attitude also leads to low Birth Rate! 

Culture   promotes marriage & child-birth. Birth rates are moderate for multiple   reasons, but one conclusion : De-nationalizing family model is most likely to   have decent Birth Rate!

Life   in Recession / Crisis

Day- to-day personal life is bit easy in recession as some fixed pension or state   benefits are deposited in account each month till you get next job/career.

Life   as an individual and family is hard, especially in Recession.

Due to dependant habit (external authority),   Citizen might wait for State/Government to find solution for   recession/crisis 

People   are habituated of being in crisis and coming out of it with own efforts   (Internal/self driven authority). They may not wait for Government or any other   external authority to find solutions for their problems. Family+ Relatives  + Friends together will try to find   solution on their own with little or no Government help!


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