Indian cultures adapted to the onslaught of many invasions through a long and dynamic process of historical evolution.
A versatile culture with multiple languages, many religious customs and varied life styles bears testimony to this. The Indian culture is very old and its landscape is vast and varied.
The diversity in culture and foods of India, clothing and languages, religion and life styles is marked by a unique sense of integration - based on a common heritage. This sense of unity also serves to preserve India’s national integrity.
An Indian is first an Indian, and then a Sikh, Hindu, Muslim, Punjabi, Bengali or Sindhi. Each state in India is integral to its entity as a whole even while carving a unique niche for itself.
Unity in diversity forms the distinct culture of India. In India culture today is characterized by a unique vision of oneness. North, south, east and west all have their own distinct religious identities. This has resulted in multiple cultures and life styles in the country. Yet the whole country remains bound together as a single nation.
India is the birthplace of many religions like Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Sikhism. These religions have extended to acquire the status of world religion today. Many nations invaded India from time to time to influence its culture.
Indian life was variously affected by Persians, Turkish, Arabian and British influences from time to time. This combined with the rich traditions of ancient Indian culture has served to change the face of the world in some ways.
Indian culture is a multifaceted entity. The metaphysics and ritualistic pattern of Indian religions, its folk culture and ancient arts has gripped the minds of people from all over the world.
People come to India in search of peace and salvation from all over the globe. However urban India is now being overtaken by the rhythm of globalization. Western culture is also seen mingling with its Indian counterpart in big cities.
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