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As a humble student when I sit down to think and write about Indian culture my mind goes back to 3000 or 2500 BC As I make a study of history and read some of the scriptures a question confronts me How did the oldest Indian culture survive so long when so many great ancient cultures of Greece and Rome became museum pieces What was the vitality of Indian culture that continued through the ages despite so many historical vicissitudes To start with we should be clear about the meaning of culture It is difficult to define it in one word Culture is not civilization it is the material equipment of life It is the characteristic way of life inspired by fundamental values in which people live It is the sum total of values expressed through art religion literature social institutions and behavior the over act of individuals and mass action inspired by collective urges Luniya 108 It is important to know how Indian culture came to existence the conditions that gave birth to its characteristics and its fundamental values the forces that gave it the right direction and the central idea behind the vitality of its past The most important characteristic of Indian culture is its continuity and blending of various cultures It comes from past and adjusts itself to the present and moves towards to shape the futureMajumdar 192 India is a land of migrants who came and mingled their culture to have a common visual outlook and collective action It starts from the time of Aryans and Dravidians and then the intermingling of their culture resulting in the creation of Hinduism Dharma After 600 years came the fusion of Muslim and Hindu culture The American culture has always played its part in influencing the Indian culture and is the future of Indian culture Among the early migrant races were Negritos from Africa Proto-Australoids Mediterranean people and Mongolians in small number The Mediterraneans
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