cultural identity of any region is based on the dominant
groups inhabiting the area, and their means of livelihood;
it also includes within its ambit the minutest of human
expressions. In this and other regards, Rajasthan's fabric
of culture is unique with its multifarious textures and
folds, each with its own shade and beauty.
Geographically, the region can be divided into three
categories — one forming part of the great Thar
desert, the second its ancient Aravalli tract,
and the third its Fertile plains. All three regions
make up the state's ecological environment of arid and
semi-arid zones. Historically, Rajasthan had always been
governed by princely states under the dominance of central,
imperial control. Its history has contributed great warriors
and heroes, their brave deeds resulting from a desire to
remain independent. The official histories of different
families present a long list of leadership qualities and
exemplary patterns of bravery.
The princely kingdoms of Rajasthan merged as one state in
the Indian union after Independence, thanks to the efforts
of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Though the state did not have a
common political and administrative entity prior to this,
its socio-cultural history was knit on basis of its history,
life patterns, value systems, and linguistic unity.