Elements of Diversity

Ramin Jahanbegloo

in India Revisited

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780195689440
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080342 | DOI:
Elements of Diversity

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This interview of Kapila Vatsyayan focuses on the elements present in Indian culture that help preserve its diversity and those that are considered essential. Vatsyayan identifies the architectural styles, musical family traditions, genres of dance and cuisine, sculptural and pictorial schools, and lifestyle as the elements of Indian culture that preserve the country's diversity. These elements are preserved due to their potential to coexist in communication and interaction with each other. In the course of the interview, Ramin Jahanbegloo and Kapila Vatsyayan also discuss the Indian diaspora, the lack of Vedic culture in the education of wealthy Indian children, the Indian addiction to Western consumerism, and the communal problems in India. They also look at the similarities and differences of the modern Indian society and the ‘old’ Indian society.

Keywords: diversity; Kapila Vatsyayan; Indian culture; Indian diaspora; Vedic culture; Western consumerism; communal problems

Chapter.  3929 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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