For at least 4000 years, India’s social and religious structures
have withstood invasions, famines, religious persecutions, political
upheavals and many other cataclysms. Few other countries could
claim to have a national identity with such a long history behind
it. To describe India as a land of contrasts is to state the
obvious. Although there are many countries, which would qualify
for such a description in terms of their different ethnic groups,
languages, religions, geography and traditions, few can match the
vast scale and diversity to be found in India.
Change is inevitably taking place as modern technology reaches
further and further into the fabric of society, yet essentially
village India remains much the same as it has for thousands of
years. So resilient are its social and religious institutions
and, at the same time, so static, that it has either absorbed
or thrown off all attempts to radically change or destroy them.
Even in the fast-paced modern cities like Delhi, Mumbai (Formerly
known as Bombay) and Bangalore, what appears to be a complete
change of attitude and lifestyle is only surface gloss.
Underneath, the age-old verities, loyalties and obligations
still rule people’s lives. ....Read On :