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INDIA AND HINDUISM IN THE
Mahabharata is an historical account or a mere story makes no difference in this issue.
The existence of such a story factually or on a literary level proves the same thing-that
the idea of the subcontinent of India as a cultural unit clearly existed at a time
contemporaneous with the Roman empire-long before any of the modern nation-states had come
into being and long before most of Europe was even populated.
The Mahabharata reflects that India as a cultural unit already
formed some two thousand years ago. In this regard no nation, subcontinent or religion has
an epic of such proportion or which reflects the integration of such a large region as
India through the Mahabharata. There is no such epic as Great Europe or Great China. There
is no great epic of Christianity or Islam that encompasses such a clearly defined cultural
region which still exists today.