ICP is the cultural network, interface, and database for the serious Indic person.
Globalization has connected humanity like never before, allowing pop culture trends to be transmitted in an instant. But pop culture cannot raise and educate the next generation. The traditions, values, and distinctiveness of a people is preserved in its high culture, i.e. its literature, classical music and dance, art, history, philosophy, and cuisine. This is what nourishes a society. That is what the Indic Civilizational Portal aims to preserve and perpetuate.
The Indian Subcontinent has a long history, a refined language, and an important place in the tapestry of World Civilization. ICP is focused on preserving Indic Civilization’s heritage and accomplishments for future generations.
Why it’s relevant
Whether they’re citizens of India, the United States, or other countries around the world, people should make an effort to integrate and be good members of whatever society in which they are a part. In immigrant societies such as the US, Canada, and Australia, while integration can and must occur within the first generation, assimilation takes several generations and indeed, as Scottish, Irish, and Italian Americans have all shown, political loyalties don’t mean one cannot celebrate his heritage (however many branches on the family tree it may be removed). Thus an American of Indic descent (whether a recent immigrant or only ½ Indic by blood) can still be a responsible citizen while celebrating his or her ancestral culture.
Correspondingly, Indics on the Subcontinent can still appreciate their regional culture and be confident in their distinctiveness, while working for an integrated millenia old Indic/Dharmic civilization. To do all these things, however, people need to be in tune not only to pop culture (hindi movies, etc.), but also learn and appreciate the literary and artistic accomplishment of their ancestors. Cultural awareness ensures that an ancient people can prosper in and successfully engage with the modern globalized context with a myriad of other cultures–only then can they be serious people.
That is the purpose of this site: to preserve and stimulate appreciation of the ancient civilization, culture, and language of the Indic people.
Who is an Indic Person?
In the wake of motivated attempts to detach the indigenous Civilization from the landmass of the Indian Subcontinent , ICP uses the word Indic to refer to the people and native cultures of historical India.
Thus, a person from Nepal or Sri Lanka for example, though not from the modern Republic of India, would be part of the original Indic/Dharmic Civilization of the subcontinent.
Indic Cultural Network
The Indic Cultural Network is an alliance of web portals representing the regional High Cultures of Indic Civilization’s traditional pradesas. While most are a part of the modern Civilizational Nation-State of India, all were considered constituents of the core and/or periphery of ancient Bharatavarsha. Bharatavarsha or Bharata khanda were and are the traditional names for the land mass of the Indian Subcontinent.