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This is probably the mindset with which we all grow (in India (in our states (in our cities (in our localities (in our homes)))). We all Indians consider India our mother,,,, we all are children of the same mother but are of different class, belong to the same nation but are of different states and even if we belong to the same state we are of different caste, religions and speak different languages this is what we call as the unity of India and very proudly prompt “unity in diversity” because this is the idea of India we possess.. But at the same time when we start fighting because of religion and difference in beliefs and start discriminating on the basis of caste, class and creed this belittle the idea of India.
It would not be wrong to compare India with a highly complex, extremely sensitive machine, having different parts made of different materials and all differ from each other in shape and size. And any default in any part would collapse the whole machine. India has several layers attached over the common idea of being Indian and parting one from other and analyzing it separately does not seems feasible.
The idea of being one is installed in our minds right from our childhood, but sometimes even the force is required to keep these different layers intact and machine to function normally. We all have heard about unity in diversity, feeling of brotherhood and love between people of different class and caste but along with this we all have witnessed the evil communal riots during which people lose their identity and are transformed into crazy wild animals bent on harming the people of other communities in each and every possible way. In such cases when people shed the whole idea then force odes the work of squeezing things back to normal. The question about it being right or wrong is never ending debate. Keeping everyone together even after having so many dissimilarities is not easy and would never be.
There is a list of riots happened one after another and burned the true idea of India in the fire of violence, hatred and discrimination. And whenever I hear of such incidences every time I am left with questions like can’t we learn from our past mistakes?
Can’t we have our own views , perceptions ,ideas, rather than just following the mob blindly?
Why we give chance to dual faced ministers to play politics on the name of religions , caste and languages?
And when I start search for the answers I find myself trapped in the clouds of smoke unable to see the clear picture of reality.