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Balmiki Prasad Singh

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780198060635

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198060635.001.0001

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State and Market in India's Culture

State and Market in India's Culture

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India's Culture

Balmiki Prasad Singh

Oxford University Press

Along with market and trade, culture will soon be an important variable in determining the global position of a country. In India's long and uninterrupted cultural history, religion, trade and the State have brought a major role in the promotion of culture and the arts. The leaders of independent India, Jawaharlal Nehru, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Rajendra Prasad, and S. Radhakrishnan realized that a major intervention by the state was necessary in promoting cultural creativity. Various autonomous cultural institutions were set up with government support. A separate Department of Culture was set up. The National Culture Fund was set by the Indian government. The plural character of Indian culture has played a major role in continuity and richness of our culture. This chapter also discusses the recent trend of ethnic groups to gain greater share of income and wealth and hence more state power and thus the importance of harmony and peace.

Keywords:   culture, state, market, India, Department of Culture, National Culture Fund, ethnic groups, harmony, peace

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