Once known as the bird of gold, India, was endowed with rich culture and varied heritage. So broad was the spectra of its culture and values, that people would come from far and near to study its history and delve into the roots of such magnificent culture. Max Mueller called India as an Ethnological Museum shedding light on the completeness of the nation and wide aura of its cultural values. He was so awestruck that he introduced “Indology” as a subject in the west, the very west which we Indians try to plagiarize blindly.
When we talk about values, it is not only confined to cultural aspects in one dimension. Historians considered India a bowl of wealth overflowing from all directions. It spanned from the festivals, performing arts, languages, clothing styles, cuisine, religious values to the family system in India. And definitely it was amazing to see Indian culture blooming like that. Starting with family as a unit, we had a joint family system. But eventually we are turning up to nuclear family structure creating problems for ourselves. Elderly are neglected, children feel isolated, we are more irritated than before. The concept of sharing, virtues like patience, listening spirit are fading away. If we talk about festivals, the present generation might not even know the importance of a festival, the reason behind its celebration. The only thing he/she would know is celebrating a particular festival. Ours is a multilingual nation with so many dialects in a particular language. But we are fools who rather than taking pride in this are ever ready to fight for the importance of our own language.
We are a secular nation and I strongly believe nobody enjoys so much freedom anywhere other than here irrespective of which religion he/she belongs to. India is birthplace for major religions viz: Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Zoroasternism. But every other day, people find one or the other statement hurting religious statements. This is because we don’t consider ourselves as Indians first but instead the bearers of that religion. The tragedy is it is not only confined to religions only but also to regions now. The incident of Shiv Sena activists ousting UP/Bihar people out of Maharashtra, the tacit rift between Kashmiris and Dogras in J&K, the unacceptance of north Indians in south India, etc are speaking out the truth. And the worst part is we are never ashamed of doing so. And we say we are living in 21st century, entered a new millennium, soon expecting a 2-digit GDP growth rate. What is the fun of all this? We are contributing towards a developed nation but are we making it as responsible citizens? We have forgotten to respect our deep rooted beliefs. We have stopped taking pride in the rich culture and values of our nation.
The basic problem is we have started looking at everything in an individual perspective rather than in collective fashion. There’s no problem in growing as an individual but we forget that in race that at last every individual taken together forms the society.
How can you even think of separating from the chain? The growth we talk about in nation is the collective growth of all individuals. It’s high time when we should understand the importance of growing as society. It’s high time we realise the richness of Indian culture and values. We have been bestowed by nature the greatest gift of diversity, rather than seeing it as a point of conflict, if we see it as vent of opportunities, the result would be astounding. Before it is too late and we are totally forgotten for what we were once known, it would be good if we resort to our traditional system with modern approach. We need to keep our culture and tradition alive.
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