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Indian Cultures as Heritage: Contemporary Pasts by Romila Thapar provides the changes that happened in the Indian culture from past three decades. By herself, she is one of the best writers and had a great knowledge of Indian culture and history as she has studied and worked in the same field.
Indian Cultures as Heritage: Contemporary Pasts
By Romila Thapar
Brief of the book…
Every society has its cultures: the patterns of how people live and express themselves and how they value objects and thoughts. Basically, culture is meant for the characteristics and behavior of a particular group of people living in a confined area. What constitutes Indian heritage and cultures has been discussed a lot in the form of books, movies etc.
Romila Thapar begins by explaining how the definitions of the concept of culture have changed since the last three centuries. Hence it requires added attention to be added in form of papers also. Cultures when defined by drawing on selected items and thoughts from the past, remain relatively unknown, except to a few.
Yet each has a context and meaning relating them to the past and to their significance as a contemporary presence. Contexts, often regarded as unconnected to culture, can to the contrary, be quite illuminating. Thapar touches on a few of these, ranging from objects that identify cultures, to ideas that shape cultures, such as social discrimination, the role of women and attitudes to science and knowledge. Thought-provoking books such as this sparked debate and the debate may lay to rest some current shibboleths about India’s culture.
In Indian Cultures as Heritage, Romila Thapar depicts the true reality of the culture of India comparing the past and the present.
About the Author
ROMILA THAPAR is Emeritus Professor of History at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She was elected General President of the Indian History Congress and is a Fellow of the British Academy. In 2008, she was awarded the prestigious Kluge Prize of the US Library of Congress, which honors lifetime achievements in studies such as History that is not covered by the Nobel Prize.
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