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Composite Culture in a Multicultural Society by Sucheta Mahajan, Bipan Chandra

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Composite Culture, Community and Identity: Interface with Social Change in India

Yogendra Singh

India is a society of communities. According to a recent survey, there are about 4,634 communities in India1 which constitute the fabric of its social structure and culture. India is also a ‘civilization society’. The interaction between the institutional, cultural and social-structural elements through the evolution of a civilization society in India has given birth to a cultural phenomenon, popularly known as ‘composite culture’, which is probably unique in history. Any keen historian of culture and civilization of India would aptly recognize this fact. Our national leaders, Gandhi and Nehru were deeply cognizant of this reality and its processes. ...

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