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The river of culture

first_imgThe proud patriotic hearts of Indians talk about the greatness of Indian culture and the contribution of our ancestors. When I hear the endless talks about these so-called great ancestors, I simply can’t control my urge to talk about them!!‘Aryans’, who we Indians feel proud of, were not natives, but foreigners who came to India from the Caucasus Mountains. The blue-eyed fair Aryans were inhabitants of Central Asia who had migrated from Persia and Iran. The Greeks, Shakas, Hunds, Muslim invaders from Iran, Mongol, Afghanistan, and Abyssinia; and finally the British rulers left footprints on Indian culture. So ‘ancestors’ who make Indian hearts thump with pride not only belonged to this land but also to different races and continents.Some of these foreign invaders accepted the existing local culture and mingled with it whereas, the others tried to impose their lifestyles, values, and religion on the natives. The suppression of the natives brought war, bloodshed, and pain. However, on the larger canvas of time, these historical events left their mark in a very unique way giving rise to a homogeneous blend. This made our culture multi-faceted; enriching the science, literature, music, religion, and lifestyles creating a very deep impact.So, Indian culture cannot be isolated from the rich history the country has. Indian culture has become one, amalgamated with these foreign cultures. The intermingling of different cultures has given rise to a unique identity that makes our culture stand out.Invasions still continue today but the means have changed. Initially, they were geographical but as the means of communication progressed these invasions have become political, economic, religious and digital too! The invasions have influenced our lives in every way taking our literature, music, religion, values, and thoughts to the epitome of glory. The mixing has been for the good and has enriched us making our culture rare, and exceptional. So hats off to our ancestors who made it so! But, these ancestors were never Indian in origin. If we had the same attitude about our culture with foreigners like Aryans and others; had our culture been as rich as it is today? It wouldn’t have been so if we would have been rigid and resisted the change. So why criticize westernization and cultural mingling? Let’s integrate and assimilate in us the best across the world!!last_img

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