Indian Culture Patterns

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Two great bastions of Indian culture, which have served to preserve some timeless and core values of Indian society, are the Indian joint family system and the system of arranged marriages.

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Indian-origin religions include Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Hinduism. all of which are based on the concept of dharma and karma. Ahinsa, a philosophy of nonviolence, is an important aspect of native Indian faiths whose most well known proponent was Gandhi who through civil disobedience brought India together against the British Raj and this philosophy further inspired Martin Luther King, Jr. during the American civil rights movement. Indian-origin religions have been persecuted by for centuries. Muslim rulers massacred Hindus and Buddhists while attacking temples and monasteries, while also forcing them to convert including on the battlefield. Most of the great temples in North India were destroyed during the Muslim rule. "Mohammedan Conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history", consequently between the years 1000 AD and 1500 AD, the population of the Indian subcontinent decreased from 200 to 125 million. Foreign-origin religion, including Abrahamic religions, such as Judasim, Christianity and Islam, are also present in India, as well as Zoroastrianism and Bahá'í Faith both escaping persecution by Islam have also found shelter in India over the centuries.

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