Have we forgotten the "Unity in Diversity" mantra?
Have we forgotten the 'Unity in Diversity' mantra? The question, in the present scenario, is one which is being asked by most of us, though in different contexts. What has caused our spirit of unity to erode? Why have we started becoming more intolerant to what is different from our thoughts and beliefs? I think it is time to ponder and find an answer to the question that has come from the heart of the author.
I am a simple man born in a small town where within three kilometers radius we had a Temple, a Church, a Gurudwara and a Masjid. Every morning when I open my eyes, I used to hear all the sounds, whether it is bell sound/Arati in the Temple or Guruvani from Gurudwara or the bell sound from Church or Azaan from Masjid. I never felt any difference because we used to have all these around us. The reason was because we were taught like that. I have never heard from anyone that one is disturbed by these sounds. India is a vast country having so many cultural differences but yet, we are united.
Why these feelings are getting lost slowly? No, I am not Hindu now, neither I belong to any religious community. I am talking as an Indian which is my first religion, my first identity. I am sure everyone have felt the same when on the 15th of August or 26th of January our tricolor fly high. Then why such differences of thinking are coming up now? Why people have become impatient?
We celebrate each festival together, we wish each other, whenever there was a need, we fought for our country together and above all we tolerate each other. Why the same feelings are vanishing slowly?
Have we forgotten the "Unity in Diversity" mantra or have we forgotten that India is "incredible"?
A question from an Indian needed to be answered.