Diversity and India


Diversity-and-IndiaPost –Independence, India endeavoured on the path of nation building process with popular claims such as ‘unity in diversity’. The encapsulation of a multiple, diverse and undoubtedly distinct societies that the country has taken into its fold have lead to the consciousness of a greater demand for socio-economic and political recognitions. Post-Independence 1947, apart from the interest of securing and reviving their economic and political spheres the heterogeneous societies of India also sort to identify their welfare in the sphere of social and cultural growth. Hence, they continued to be spaced out on the grounds of religion, language, culture and race to name a few. The notion of diversity has been doubly understood and interpreted ideally with the model of secularism. The presence of diversity which eventually flattered the primary feature of India as land of multiple colours, post-independence, would be erroneous to consider as a sole vital outcome of modern and independent India alone.

The construction exclusively concerned with the claims of ‘unity and diversity’ coupled with the model of secularism were also being entertained or might say was being put to practice even in the ancient and medieval India ages ago. For instance, Akbar’s concept and emphasis on religious tolerance and secularism which specified state to ensure that every man was free to practice and profess any religion and that any individual had the liberty to choose any religion of his choice.  On a positive note, India has witnessed and served to be the cradle for much heterogeneous religion such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Zorastrianism, Sikhism and Christianity. A home for many races and cultures such as the Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Jains, Jews, Christians, Parsis and many more. The ideology of secularism puts greater emphasis on the acceptance of diversity and the plurality of its society. India as it stands today been the chief making of the massive heterogeneous plural societies, their cultural ideologies, intellectual understandings and histories.



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