Peter attempted to modernize and westernize the country militarily, administratively, economically, and culturally, often through the use of force.
In the early 1800s, Alexander I began to carry out further plans to westernize the government by attempting to create a Duma, or representative body.
In 1864, a system of limited local self-government was introduced and the judicial system was partially westernized .
The joint family system, where grandparents, uncles, aunts and grandchildren often all live under one roof, is still the norm among all but the most westernised urban families.
It retains its own culture, for good or for worse, setting it apart from the glossy westernized cultures of Mumbai or Delhi and some other big cities.
At a time when cultural events influenced by westernisation are fast becoming more popular among the younger generation, there is a growing concern that ancient and traditional arts would slowly fade away.
Somerville said: ‘Japan's younger people are quite westernised , but they also have their own approach to fashion.’
It has become increasingly unpopular in the United States, Australia and other westernized countries to import goods from countries with sweatshops.
He says the problem is that the middle classes are becoming more and more westernised .
However westernized we get, we are still Indians at heart and these things are still quite unacceptable here.