This book explores fascinating aspects of India's diversified cultural base-monuments, art tradition, religion, philosophy, performing arts, and literature. It discusses the relationship between the state and market on cultural aspects, debates regarding cultural preservation, harmonious aspects of Indian culture, role of administration, and role of Archaeological Survey of India. It integrates the two ideas-the uniqueness of India with a developed culture but a developing economy and the recent trend of considering culture as a factor in determining the status of a nation in the world after market and military strength. Providing a wide-ranging view of the various dimensions of culture, B.P. Singh explores the interconnections of culture with the social and political life in India. This edition provides link between India's culture and various contemporary subjects like ecology, sustainable development, democracy, pluralism, and peaceful coexistence. This edition contains a new prologue which re-analyses the events, personalities and developments in Indian culture.This book will appeal students and scholars interested in society, culture, and history of India and have a significant general appeal.