The most prominent advocates of "Asian Values" essential for the economic, social and political development of East and South East Asian Nations have been Mahathir of Malaysia and Lee of Singapore.
The term has gained currency among Asian countries for a variety of reasons, particularly, a wish to assert themselves against West and invoke a sense of national or Asian identity.
The idea also seems to have
been inspired by the following message of Albert
Eienstien on the modern materialism "Despite
the fantastic progress brought about in all
spheres of the modern world, if we continue
to walk on the same path that we are treading
on, we might have to start again from the stone
Swami Vivekananda of India had commented on the Western scientific progress, "Science is increasing our prosperity by Arithmetical progression and sorrow by Geometrical progression".
Bertrand Russel speaking on
the impact of science on society had commented;
"Unless men increase in wisdom as much as in knowledge, increase in knowledge would be increase in sorrow".
All this suggests that the materialistic advancement has to be based on a value system with a human face.