National Integration and Communal Harmony

The message from god to mankind is always the same- 'Live in Peace and Harmony'. Its duty of ours to maintain communal harmony and to have national integration. In this article I have discussed the deeds done by some great personalities to bring peace and to encourage people to walk on a path of non violence.

The 42nd amendment came into force on December 18, 1976. The preamble as amended runs as follows:

" We, the people of India having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic and to secure all its citizens Justice- social, economic and political, equality of states and opportunity and to promote among the all, Fraternity assuring the dignity of the individual and unity and integrity of the Nation".

Below are the fundamental duties written in the constitution of India.

Fundamental duties were first added for the first time in constitution as:
(a) To abide by the constitution and respect its ideal and institution the National Flag and the National Anthem.
(b) To cherish and follow the noble ideals which inspired our national struggle for freedom.
(c) To uphold and protect the sovereignty, unity and integrity of India.
(d) To defend the country and render National service when called upon to do so.
(e) To promote harmony and the spirit of common brotherhood amongst all the people of India transcending religious, linguistic and regional or sectional diversities.

We need to make a cease on all anti-national and anti-integration activities to maintain peace and harmony.

Works of some great personalities
Mahatma Gandhi said "Let us forget all thoughts of, I am Hindu, you a Muslim, or I am a Gujarati, you a Madras, let us think, I and mine in a common Indian Nationality, We shall be free only when a large number of our people are determined to swim or sink together".

Adi Shankracharya had brought emotional integration to India by establishing monasteries in four corners of India. The communal harmony between Hindus and Muslims is 1200 years old.

The eminent court poet of Sultan Balban. 'Amir Khusro' has defended the cause of building monuments in India in order to bring communal harmony between Hindus and Muslims.

Saint Kabir, Swami Vivekananda, Ram Krishna Paramhansa said God is one- Allah is Ram, Rahim, Krishna and Karim. All the religions are the paths that lead to God.

Swami Vivekananda's message was "Why so much commotion, War, controversy and blood shed is going on in the name of God? Those who have not felt the true spirit of religions should not talk in vain about god".

The America born, Sister Nivedita, the ardent disciple of Swami Vivekananda had aptly said "Each Indian for ten minutes in the evening should think that we Indians are one and we will not renounce the spirit of unity".

To maintain communal harmony has been our greatest concern, not only in the past but in present times also. The Information and Public Relations Department is promoting communal harmony by organizing meetings, seminars, symposia on National Integration and promotes communal harmony regular articles are contributed by eminent scholars on how to promote national harmony and on secular cult. Documentary films are produced regularly to spread the message of communal harmony.

Some important days
January 30th is observed as Martyrs day. November 19th (Indira Gandhi's birthday) is known as "Quami Ekata Diwas" where the masses take oath to maintain the integration of the nation and to safeguard sovereignty of India. It is also known as National Solidarity Day".

Its our duty first and then government's duty
The government is doing all that it can. But the government can only frame rules and laws. The responsibility of the right execution of these laws lies with each individual. So let us pledge to build our nation on the strong foundation of National Integration and communal harmony.

Together we can and we will make a difference.


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