CHINESE USE FENG SHUI AS A CULTURAL WEAPON

UNMESH GUJARATHI

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The Chinese Feng Shui has virtually overtaken the Indian psyche and Feng Shui is a prominent part of Interior decoration in most parts of India with living plants, turtles placed in the house to ensure that energy flows into the house.

The five elements - wood, earth, metal, fire, and water are considered essential in the room to maintain the balance of positive energy. There is no evidence that the Feng Shui principles have any measurable effect on human beings. Yet most of the Indians have been overtaken by this Chinese science and resultantly those companies selling Feng Shui material are making roaring money in India.

In any case the Indians are over taken by the Chinese firecrackers, Chinese buntings and they are used on large scale during Indian festivals notwithstanding protests by patriotic organisations. Similarly some of the articles are made available by high biz marketing companies like Amazon online.

Feng shui, the Chinese equivalent of Indian Vastu techniques, intended to bring in prosperity and harmony in one's personal and professional life, has come under the scanner, for being a culturally intrusive tool that serves to replace Indian values.

It's been observed that users and beneficiaries of Feng shui refrain from publicly acknowledging it or standing as testimony in favor of the technique. This continues to be the case even as an increasing number of people adopt Feng shui and prefer to protect their privacy rather than attribute it to this ancient Chinese school of knowledge.

This is the cause  of a very subtle cultural invasion that seeks to thrust ancient Indian sciences like Vastu into the back burner. While there are some who contend, both Vastu and Feng shui can complement each other without any cultural threat perceptions, some experts disagree with this point of view.

For example our Sprouts' Special Investigations Team (SIT) interviewed an Oriental expert. He was of the opinion that the Feng shui products like the laughing Buddah, water tortoise and three-legged frog serve to be invasive and disrupt Indian value systems like our faith in Lord Ganesha, besides worshipping the avatar of Lord Vishnu.

The emphasis here is on the gradual erosion of values that honor and propitiate the pantheon of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. On seeking the view of a proponent, who did not want to be named, he said, "The efficacy of Feng shui art that includes sculpting and painting is dependent on each and every art item being individually energized. Before the art item gets installed in the home of the end user, it has to be properly energized to be of real value. However, with the commencement of mass production of such art works, many homes fail to receive the energized painting or art work.."

Our SIT queried the experts about the merits of adopting Feng shui. They opined, "This acts as a cultural invasion that bites into the very core of the Indian value system. It's much more harmful than a mere sale of cheap Chinese gadgets or their other utility items like umbrellas."  

When asked about how best the subtle invasion can be tackled, they opined, "This is not and cannot be construed as a ground for any legal battle. The Chinese are using a subtle propaganda strategy. We must come up with a befitting awareness campaign that will help Indians avoid biting the bait." 

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