Is there is a clear and established pattern on how different societies act when faced with controversial issues? When The New Yorker magazine published a cartoon of Obamas insinuating links with terrorists, the Democrats condemned it, but they did it in a civilized way, calling it ‘tasteless and offensive’. There were no burnt offices, burnt posters, vandalized buses or beaten up people.
Contrast this with just three events from a span of two weeks in India.
In one case the lawyers of India stormed the courtroom, adjourned the proceedings, threw shoes at the judge, and then went onto beat a TV cameraman and mauled up other lawyers who tried to stop them. These lawyers, who are supposed to interpret and uphold the rule of law, took law unto their hands and went berserk in Bangalore in their protest against the judge Dinakaran, who had allegedly amassed illegal wealth.
In the second case, members of Shiv Sena attacked the offices of IBN, a TV channel and media group, injuring 25 people, beating up journalists, slapping a woman receptionist, and breaking the office equipment and furniture. These Sena members were fuming with anger for the alleged negative portrayal of their leader, Bal Thackeray, who was referred to as ‘old man’ when in fact he is only 83 years young. 
In the third case, MNS MLAs of Maharashtra attacked fellow MLA, Abu Azmi, when he was taking oath in Hindi during the swearing in ceremony of State Assembly. Nearly 13 leaders of MNAs attacked Abu Azmi, broke the mike and nearby the furniture in a protest against using Hindi in Maharashtra Assembly. 
You could easily gather countless examples of Indians resorting to immature tactics to voice their dissent. One look at the video of Indian parliament brawl will emphasize how deep this malaise is in our country. You may think that such immaturity is confined to politicians alone. You would be surprised. This happens across all domains and spheres. You will hear of town people taking up cudgels to beat up an alleged criminal. You will hear of small town meetings ending up as street fights. Even in colleges and universities of India, you will see scientists and professors resorting to such tactics.
Maturity of Groups
Why do certain societies act more immaturely than others? I am not talking about maturity levels of individuals in a society but I am talking about the groups- whom I call ‘cultures’ here. For example, certain cultures get quite upset when ridiculed while certain other cultures ridicule themselves on a constant basis. Certain cultures are more environment-conscious and make efforts to keep their environs clean without affecting it while few other cultures seem to create a garbage dump around them while completely plundering their environs. Certain cultures encourage arts, sports, cinema, music, while few others do not. Some cultures celebrate excellence when they see it, while few others are more concerned about the identity tags before they can show their appreciation. Certain cultures have embraced universal values more openly and made them a part of their culture, while few other cultures resist every attempt in inculcating such values. Some cultures give equal respect to their women, while few others do not.
In many of my arguments here on this blog, I have been highlighting that we as Indians are not very mature as society-
* that we are not able handle difference in opinions with maturity,
* that we are not able to propose ideas and implement them to better our societies,
* that we are not able to respect ourselves,
* that we are not able to encourage arts and sports,
* that we are not able to tolerate books, paintings, music or dance, which is controversial, provocative or self-revealing,
* that we are not able to tolerate criticism of ourselves or our institutions
So, is there a way we can measure maturity of certain societies against others. How about we have a new index called Maturity Index for Societies that measures maturity of societies?
Maturity Index for Societies
To be able to say where we are and where we need to go, we need to compare ourselves with other societies on this maturity index. I intend to propose an index which can give an idea on how mature we are.