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Unity in Diversity: A different perspective

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Unity in diversity, the quote with which we’re acquainted properly. Our country is the youngest nation with the oldest civilization. When the whole world was lied in the darkness of ignorance, Vedas and Upanishads were being composed in India.

All the civilizations of the world like Egyptian, Babylonian, Greek or Chinese, have been vanished and now have wound up in the chapters of history. But what is that particular matter of fact due to which our Sanatan culture is still thriving. In Allama Iqbal’s
“Kuch baat hai ki hasti mit-ti nahi hamari,
sadiyon raha hai dushman daur-e-zahan hamara”

what is that particular “kuch baat”?

For figuring out this, foreigners like Hiuen-Tsang, Faxian, Megasthenes visited India and introduced our spirituality and equanimity to the world.In sense of diversity, India is a nexus of communities and religions. But what is that spirit and what is the ideology that unites us? Undoubtedly the answer is our Sanatan Hindu culture, which is remained alive because of its religious flexibility and property of absorption, for more than 5000 years. Our culture has preserved the integrity by the spirit of Vasudhaiva Kutumbkam.

If we talk about present, even if India is tagged with secular country, but recognizance of our country is concerned with ancient Sanatan Hindu culture. Our only uniter is our religion, an instance of gratefulness and tolerance.  A variety of regional societies like Bengali, Marathi, Tamil and Kashmiri, demonstrate the diversity but all are a part of common religious affliations and abiding homo-perceptional culture.

For an example, Kashi Vishwanath in north to Rameshwaram in southern most, Mallikarjun in east to Dwarka in farthest west, the whole nation connects itself religiously. Likewise a number of prevailing languages are spoken in each region and certainly one can’t understand the others. But at auspicious and religious moments, what language is used? None other than Sanskrit. Nationwide we’ll find Sanskrit with exact particular accent and that’s how we all are tied up in unique faith. Hence any region or community is not much significant but the values of culture and ethics are. That’s why Kailas Mansarovar, Angkor Wat are part of Indian culture, not of China and Indonesia.

So unity in diversity doesn’t belong to a mass of various communities but our Sanatan Culture is itself an live instance of it. We may be a part of any society from anywhere; it is diversity, but we’ve our unique identity as Indian, which is unity.

-Prashant Bajpai

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