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DescriptionMulticulturalism of India
Few countries in the world have such an ancient and diverse culture as India’s. India’s
physical, religious and racial variety is as important as the history of how it became
“Modern India” (Culture of india, 2011).
In India, religion is very important to the people. It is a major part of the entire
Indian tradition. For the majority of Indians, religion takes over every aspect of life, from
commonplace daily chores to education and politics. Hinduism is the dominant faith, practiced
by over 80% of the population. Besides Hindus, Muslims are the most prominent religious group
and are an essential part of Indian society. Common practices are now a part of most religious
faiths and all communities share many of the festivals that mark each year with music, dance and
feasting. Each has its own pilgrimage sites, heroes, legends and even culinary
specialties, mingling in a unique diversity. Hinduism and Buddhism are very similar,
being the most practiced by the Indians. The exact explanation of Hinduism cannot be
easily defined. There is no unique philosophy that forms the basis of the faith of the
majority of India's population. It cannot be traced to a specific founder nor does it
have a holy book as a basic scriptural guide. Unlike most other religions, Hinduism
does not advocate the worship of one particular deity. One may worship Shiva or
Vishnu or Rama or Krishna or some other gods and goddesses or one may believe in
the 'Supreme Spirit' or the 'Indestructible Soul' within each individual and still be called a good
Hindu. This gives an indication of the kind of contrasts this religion is marked by. At one end of
the scale, it is an exploration of the 'Ultimate Reality'; at the other end there are cults that
worship spirits, trees and animals. Buddhism, another religion followed by in India, originated as
an offshoot of Hinduism, but eventually it became popular all over Asia. Buddhism is based on
the principle that everything is subject to change, although some things may last longer than
others. The other basic principle of Buddhism is according to which nothing occurs due to
pure chance. Besides natural forces, it is the karma, which leads to the occurrence of all events.
There are fifteen national languages recognized by the Indian constitution and these are
spoken in over 1600 dialects. Add to this a population of over 900 million today, and that will
give you an idea of how many different ways of communication ...
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