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First Online: September 4, 2000
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Welcome to India

India is a mirror to mankind's progress and its failures. The mystery, magic and diversity of India has allured researchers from ancient times. Its holy rivers, challenging mountains, exotic wildlife and unending supply of spiritual leaders make it a favorite destination of  tourists  and students of life. Modern India, freed from British in 1947 after an epic non-violent movement, has struggled very hard to live up to the dreams of its founding fathers. 

Study of India requires a deep understanding of  culture and diversity of mankind, religion and languages. Please join me on a mythical, magical, often contradicting, yet fascinating journey through India.

  DISCLAIMER : Once I heard a Christian missionary exclaim " I don't know what you have heard of India, but it is true. The opposite is also true!" That summarizes the vast diversity of India. So please understand that this is one family's humble attempt and if you have a contracting information/view that is probably right also.

-- Vikas Kamat

Table of Contents

Indian CultureIntroduction to Indian Culture
A grand introduction to the rich Indian culture through photographs, FAQs, and interviews; includes topics on dances, customs, and traditions.
Begging Profession in India
Kamat on why people beg in India, their modus operandi, their social and love life. He wonders whether feeding the beggars keeps the profession alive
Extreme Nation
"If anything, India is a country of extreme contrasts"
Diversity of India
The study of diversity of India is an interesting exercise in human anthropology.
God is Indian
India is the most religious country in the world. A profile of India's great religions, and influence of some of the foreign faiths.
Decorative ArtsAlamkara - 5000 Years of Indian Art
Online exhibit exploring the notion of ornamentation in Indian art in domestic, religious and courtly settings.
Jungle SchoolsKingdom of the Young
Article on the fascinating system of tribal education involving free sex, hunting, dancing, and music.
Women of India
Frequently asked questions and articles on the roles and status of women in India. Includes biographies, topics on Sati, widows, history and artifacts.
India Travel Information


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