recent years there has been a growing sense of alarm at
the degree of rootlessness and deculturization among young
Indians. One reason for this situation is India’s
educational system. Still rooted in the colonial era, it
has come to exclude virtually all of Indian culture, ancient
or recent, in the name of “secularism.” While
genuine secularism in no way rejects culture, in India our
brand of secularism imposes cultural nihilism and dry mechanical
learning on generations of students, instead of equipping
them with a sound knowledge of their culture, and with values
that would help them realize their human potential.
The result is a poignant paradox: An Indian child goes through
her or his whole schooling while remaining largely ignorant
of the essential manifestations and values of Indian culture.
Undeniably endowed with one of the richest cultural heritages
in the world, India sees to it that it remains beyond the
reach of her children.
This unnatural situation gave rise to IFIH. The idea is
not one more association or society, but a forum-cum-network
centred around a core of academics, artists, scientists,
journalists, writers, social workers, and environmentalists.
IFIH’s main focus is the educational and cultural
fields. It is open to individuals and institutions and organizations
working towards similar goals. To grow in strength, IFIH
needs the active support of lovers of India’s cultural
heritage; any person or institution supporting IFIH’s
charter is welcome. Join it as a Life
Member, participate in and support IFIH’s
projects, or contact
us with your suggestions.