Essay on cultural heritage of India
"A nation without a cultural heritage is like an orphan who has nothing to feed upon" said Emerson. The individual being, or race, or nation must necessarily have certain roots somewhere. They are not of much value unless they have certain roots in the past which is after all the accumulation of experience of generations. Countries achieve greatness not because of their material prosperity but because they follow traditions. Every country's culture is peculiar to its own nature.
India is deep-rooted in the culture of her past, the glorious past. Her culture is essentially religious and spiritualism is the breath of her nostrils. Religion is our soul and philosophy is in our blood. The philosopher, Will Durrant says, "India is the Motherland of our race and Sanskrit the mother of Europe's languages. She was the mother of our philosophy; mother through the Arabs of much of our mathematics; through the Buddha of much of the ideas embodies in our Christianity; mother through the village community of self-government and democracy. Mother India is in many ways the mother of us all."
The continuity and vitality of Indian culture is amazing, indeed. Pandit Nehru once stood on a mound of Mohanjodaro in the Indus Valley in the northwest of India and all round him lay the houses and streets of this ancient city that is said to exist over five thousand years ago; and even then it was an old and well developed civilization. There seemed to him something unique about the continuity of a cultural tradition through five thousand years of history, of invasion and upheaval, a tradition which was wide spread among the masses and powerfully influenced them. "The Indus Valley civilization' writes Prof. Childe, 'represents a very perfect adjustment of human life to specific environment that can only have resulted form years of patient effort.
And it has endured; it is already specifically India and form the basis of modern India...
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