This principle is universally true, but, after seeing US and India, I have to agree that this problem is higher in India than in US. We are overly concerned about getting validation from others for whatever we do. We don't feel satisfied with our own inner happiness, it has to be reinforced by appreciation from others.
I think it has to do with oppression of the British and forcing their ideas upon us. Therefore we have to copy others in everything. We feel no sense of pride in our own culture and see everything that we do as "backward." Other countries don't feel that way.
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