The cultural diversity of India | Unity in diversity

The cultural identity comprises religion, ethnicity and personal habitats of individuals as well as communities. While in other countries like the USA, and Canada cultural diversity or multiculturalism is the recent phenomenon resulting from migration, in India it is organic and part of our DNA.

From the Indus Valley civilisation to the Vedic period and from the Mugal empire to the British era, the seed of cultural diversity had been sown and now the greenery of this harvest is the emblem of our society.

India is a land of 133.92cr population comprises 80.5% Hindus, 12.4% Muslims, 2.3% Christians, 1.9% Sikhs and 1.9% others. The continent is subdivided into 29 states and 7 UTs having their own cultural identities which makes India the largest diversity in the world.

To make Unity in such diversity is not just a matter of astonishment but also a matter of challenge. Manipulation and Politization is very frequent and political parties always stir communities’ feelings to monochrome it which results in chaos and destruction.

However, the government has taken many steps to protect it from evil causes. Morning assembly and prayers, secularism, the right to equality and the recent order of SC to stand up while playing the national anthem in theatre are such few steps that dope citizens of India with national allegiance rather than ethnic identity. Thus, the quintessence of unity in diversity in front of the world makes Mahatma Gandhi’s statement true – “our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and test of our civilisation”.

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