This issue was created as an outlet to speak of the ever-changing nature of culture and humanity which is a part of every society. With this edition, we the “World Culture Forum” are presenting the first edition of our bi-annual magazine “World Culture Review”. We are making an effort to align the magazine with the vision and mission of the “World Culture Forum” so that it can work as a strong force to establish the message via the wings of Research, the Fellowship programme, World literature festivals, Film festivals, Conference dialogues and Awards. We immensely believe that we humans are an interesting species whose history is defined by desire in gaining and keeping control over resources and sustaining power.
‘Cultural identity’ has been a central tool which is a phenomenon among several other things, comprised of choices by individuals and communities that define several aspects like religion, ethnicity and personal habits. The itineraries of this issue are hand-picked and crafted in a manner so as to give the readers an offbeat experience of the various cultures containing hidden gems and charming thoughts which may not have been known earlier. As a reflection of our commitment to promote various cultures and arts, we have composed different cultural practices like carnivals, festivals, lifestyles and several other things highlighted in the issue. We started off with “Culture and Humanity” as the initial article because we believe in the close connection between culture and humanity which poses the communication skills and distinguishes human beings from other animals allowing the survival of human beings on Earth, despite the fact that human beings are not the most powerful animals to have emerged on the planet. In recent times we have seen the crisis looming over humanity because of narrow interests, but we believe in the immense power of culture in binding people together and for that acceptance and knowledge of cultures are mandatory. Accordingly throughout this edition, readers will meet in line with our mission to seek harmony among the various cultures and to understand one another. It discusses the loss of cultural diversity as it is important to unveil the homogenisation driven by narrow understanding, followed by the article on “World political cultures” and “Bharuch” an ancient city of Gujarat which was recently identified in the news as the second oldest city of India with continuous inhabitants after Varanasi, a fact probably known by very few people.
We have also tried to incorporate a glimpse of the “Rio Carnival” which is the most important festival in Brazil, a festival of celebration before a period of abstinence. This magazine also further highlights that ‘cultural tourism’ needs to paid more attention to as travellers come in contact with the region’s cultural lifestyle via museums, theatres, food and other tangible cultural resources. The role of culture in bringing peace is a subject one has to stress upon. We brought some festivals into the light to create awareness to the fact that culture indeed plays a role in harmony and peace among people like the- “Seollal” (Korean New Year )and “Taepyeongmu” (Korean peace dance). We also tried to bring light on Africa and Europe by presenting some aspects of their cultural practices and history in our magazine. And finally, we have given a glimpse of Indian culture to emphasize the richness and diversity of it. “World Culture Forum” as an organization nurtures the idea of a socially engaged and culturally rooted platform across the world. In this issue we aim to push the boundaries of our thinking and tell stories that needed to be heard in ways we had not imagined before, basically understanding the importance of Culture for peace reconciliation to build cooperation, increase social acceptance and resolve culture-related issues, as the term ‘Peace’ holds larger connotation than just the absence of war. This issue thinks that such cultural experiences sensitize us to build relationships that exceed borders, race, religion, and colour by allowing us to understand more about other cultures creating mutual respect. Such inter-cultural interactions not only introduce interest for other cultures but are also are small steps towards building a peaceful coexistence and invites you to take a peek at your present, to celebrate it and to keep marching forward inspiring assimilation of our various lives.