Whenever we speak of our culture, we speak of heroes of bygone ages. Traditions that they left us with. Their feats that have immortalized them over the years and so on. I believe the ability to relate to such people and learn lessons from their deeds are essential features of building our culture.
In my experience, many of us from India, are not very strong when it comes to propagating our own history and culture. I shall be vastly surprised if many adults in India today remember- or many children in India today even know of – Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi, who died June 17, 1858 – a full 150 years ago.