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THE VALUE OF HINDU CULTURE FOR
culture, whether atheist, Christian or Islamic, is still trying to impose its cultural
forms as superior in India itself. And Hindu culture does not make an adequate effort to
defend itself from such assaults. The point is not to simply defend India or Hindu culture
but to uphold the higher spiritual values which are more present within it than other
cultures, particularly that of the unspiritual West. It is not a national or cultural but
ultimately spiritual issue, concerning not just India but all humanity.
There are those who do not like the term "Hindu culture" and would prefer the
more general term "Indian culture". To them the term Hindu connotes a religious
limitation but Indian is more embracing of the diverse culture of the subcontinent.
However the culture of India is primarily Hindu and Sanskritic. Even the Buddhists, Jains
and Sikhs, and to some extent the Muslims and Christians of India, have followed a Hindu
or Sanskritic type culture.