Globalization In Thomas Friedman's The World Is Flat

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The middle class in Mumbai have always been distrustful of builders notorious for their ill-kept promises, but despite their various socio-cultural loyalties and affiliations, they all must give in to the temptations of sudden wealth while a few like the Pintos are frightened into submission and the Masterji gets eliminated. Thomas Friedman, the well-known chronicler of globalisation, argues that the destruction in the wake of globalisation is inherently creative in that it destroys the old to make way for the new. Whatever has become redundant must perish and manure the new. In The World is Flat, he avers that it gives the opportunity for every individual and society to make independent choices about what to discard, adapt and adopt. Otherwise: . . . the flattening of the world is going to be hugely disruptive to both traditional and developed societies. The weak will fall further behind faster. The traditional will feel the force of modernization much more profoundly. The new will get turned into old quicker. The developed will be challenged by the underdeveloped much more profoundly. (378) Friedman goes on to warn that globalisation is going to be a powerful phenomenon with no one remaining “immune” to it as the world is “entering an era of creative destruction on steroids” (378). In Last Man in Tower neither the builder’s overtures nor his threats affect Murthy, the retired school teacher who pathologically roots himself in the past and sustains himself through the
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