“We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race”, a line well quoted by a former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, depicting how we may all be very different from one another, but it is the differences that act as unique characteristics that bring us all together. What could be a better example of this than a nation like India? The country may be bifurcated into states but at the end of the day they all act cohesively as one big nation; there maybe more than 122 major languages, but the nation’s voice is one; there may be several distinguished cultures in different corners, but the country works towards a common unified goal. India truly represents the spirit of togetherness even with such diversity.
Right from its roots, India has grown from its various thriving cultures that have stretched over a span of more than five thousand years. Modern-Day India is a result of the diverse races, such as the Aryans, the Dravidians, the Austrics, and many more than earlier in ancient times settled in the various parts of the country, which has helped to develop the enriching Indian culture with such diversity. It can be rightly said that various ways of life, backgrounds, and traditions have evolved and blended themselves to make one united culture. This can be well observed in the festivals that are celebrated in harmony all over the country or in the soul imbibed in sports like cricket, in which no matter where you are from, or which religion you follow, our hearts beat together for the same team, making it a celebration of a sort. In matters of national importance, especially, the whole country becomes one at the end of the day, such as the instance of the Lokpal Bill, where people from all walks of life came in support of a stringent anti-support law.
There have been situations of multiple conflicts amongst people on the context of religion. Yet, the people of this country share a bond that has developed over time. It is this bond that has led people to act as a unit, to fight the unjust (during our Independence); to help each other during times of unfortunate disaster situations (the 2004 tsunami and Kerala Floods). There is a common thread that can be observed in some aspect of life, which connects each and every Indian citizen together and makes him/her feel that ‘Indianness’. The Indian culture has been able to conserve its essence through the years. The country’s revolutionary past in the historic times has transformed into a rich cultural heritage that has been passed on from one generation to another over the years of formation.
In conclusion, though there may be differences in way of living, expression, thoughts, and beliefs still, it is these differences that make every Indian citizen like different pieces of jigsaw puzzles that once when combined, make nothing but a beautiful picture of life. These differences only make the country stronger, which essentially says that where there is unity, there is strength. A country’s scope of progress can only be a reality if the diversity of its citizens is acknowledged and a sense of inclusiveness lets them achieve a common goal. This is one aspect that countries that are at war due to cultural differences within its citizens can learn from the largest democracy in the world.
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