'Globalization' was the theme of the Annual special issue of Vedanta Kesari for the year 1999. Globalization is not simply about opening up the economy. It is taking place at various levels—it is integrating economies; it is changing the face of families; it is universalizing notions of women’s equality, environment, education; and it is changing the role of governments. It is about restructuring of society and the way we live. It has its downside: it is uneven, fragmented and is still dominated by the West. At another level, it has contributed to the rise of fundamentalism, as people reacted, often violently and irrationally, to what they perceived as a threat to their traditions from globalization. Includes articles by Swami Ranganathananda, Swami Gautamananda, C.Subramanian, Dr.Karan Singh, Sri Dayamata, Sri K.Dhammananda, Valson Thampu, Vamadeva Shastri, Azgar Ali Engineer, Acharya Mahaprajna, P.Parameswaran, C.T.Kurien, Mel Gurtov and other eminent people.