Day 24 – Q 4.What is ‘Indian culture’? Don’t you think culture shouldn’t be judged or defined from a religious point of view? Isn’t that the source of bigoted cultural nationalism? Critically examine.
4. What is ‘Indian culture’? Don’t you think culture shouldn’t be judged or defined from a religious point of view? Isn’t that the source of bigoted cultural nationalism? Critically examine.
‘भारतीय संस्कृति’ क्या है? क्या आपको नहीं लगता कि संस्कृति को धार्मिक दृष्टिकोण से तय या परिभाषित नहीं किया जाना चाहिए? क्या यह दुराग्रही सांस्कृतिक राष्ट्रवाद का स्रोत नहीं है? समालोचनात्मक जांच करें।
Indian culture is the name given by Indians to describe their own set of personal ethics and standards, their version of how people should live. There are many versions of Indian culture. Each such version depends on the region of the person’s existence, the region’s subculture (same applies), religion, language, gender, profession, education, upbringing etc.
The most commonly found aspects in these versions can be considered as Indian culture, but the myriad of cultures and peoples of India can never be appropriately defined or identified by one. Even if sincere attempts are made, it is difficult to any such definitions can do justice.
Indian culture is just the refinement Indian have made incrementally over years to all the various forms of expressing themselves, interacting among themselves as well as with others and also the way one thinks.
Culture through religious point of view:
India is identified as the birthplace of Hinduism and Buddhism, the third and fourth largest religions. About 84 percent of the population identifies as Hindu. About 13 percent of Indians are Muslim, making it one of the largest Islamic nations in the world. Christians and Sikhs make up a small percentage of the population, and there are even fewer Buddhists and Jains.
Although India is considered as spiritual superpower, but we cannot see our culture through a single religious point of view, rather we can see through the lens of mixed enriched spiritual point of view, which is present reality of India.
Source of bigoted cultural nationalism:
Some leading thinkers have considered how contemporary cultural nationalist ideas have emerged outside of high politics and violence, and in particular, how and why they engage with lower castes people. Anthropologists such as Atreyee Sen have looked at how poor female activists attempt to feminise cultural nationalism’s heavily masculine ideas, and so gain a place in the nation.
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