It is no exaggeration in the saying that India is a land of diversity in India, since time immemorial, people belonging to various religious faiths have lived in harmony and pence. It has shaped the India of today. We have adapted all the great fundamental values and traditions in our culture that promote integration among different communities.
This has also proved helpful for the growth of a great civilisation in the Indian sub-continent. The rich traditions of tolerance, perseverance, plurality and assimilation have kept the identity of the country intact, and civilisation thriving.
After years of struggle and hard work, India is finally on the threshold of an economic take-off and a global presence. The world looks at India with admiration because this is the only developing country that has pursued development within the framework of a democracy – a pluralistic, secular democracy. People around the globe admire the record of the Indian people to live and let live, pursuing different faiths.
However, never has the question of communal harmony and social integration raised such a wide range of emotions as today. India has witnessed some very horrifying communal riots in the recent years. Names likes Godhra and Muzaffarnagar still make some nerves rack and make people uneasy to think of what shameful things happened there in the name of religion. For a country to be truly great, there must be an understanding and the appreciation of each other’s differences and strengths.
A house divided against itself cannot stand. Even in the Lime or t, kings. communal harmony was the utmost. concern and nearly every ruler tried to maintain it.
Declared a secular country in the Constitution, India has several provisions for the protection of minority communities. The State does not discriminate on the basis of any particular religion.
There are constitutional provisions for equality of opportunities for all. Despite precautionary, preventive and positive measures having been envisaged in the constitution, to rule out any feeling of being left-out. communal disturbances keep recurring. Gandhiji, the father of the nation, once commented : “Communalism of the virulent type is a recent growth. The lawlessness is a monster with many faces. It hurts all, in the end, including those who are primarily responsible for it.
All the religions have the fundamental teaching of love and the feeling of brotherhood towards fellow beings. When such is the basic tenet of each religion, where is the scope of discord, hatred and violence? It is evidently clear that some people misconstrue or misinterpret the religious teachings for their selfish, egoistic and short-term gains, and sometimes fan communal feelings. It is also commonly known that usually the communal disturbances sprout from small, trivial incidents but with vested interests, they take the shape of a giant problem.
India is a developing country, and an emerging economy. The vision of our leaders, to make India a developed nation and an economic powerhouse. cannot fructify unless the internal security of the nation. particularly communal harmony, is intact
Maintenance of communal peace and tranquility occupies a lot of resources and energy, and in case peace prevails, an ambience of trust will develop between various communities, leading the nation to the path of development and economic advancement.