Communal harmony

Dear Editor,
There is hardly any other country in the world than India which has a great diversity of culture, religion, language, tradition, community etc. People live and think in terms of their respective religions, faiths and tongues, and seek to serve their selfish ends without thinking of the national good. Such thinking is dangerous and is bound to lead to the disintegration of the country in
the long run.
The need of the hour, therefore, is to fight the forces of dis-unity and dis-harmony and to work ceaselessly for the achievement of national harmony and peace. Learning to live in peace and harmony is a dynamic, holistic and lifelong process through which mutual respect, understanding, caring and sharing, compassion, social responsibility, solidarity, and tolerance of diversity among individuals and groups (ethnic, social, cultural, religious, national & regional) are internalized and practiced together to solve problems and to work towards a just and free, peaceful and democratic society. Communal harmony is the coming together of all the communities of the country and living together with a sense of brotherhood and equality, irrespective of their caste, creed, religion etc. Communal harmony does not only mean an absence of communal tensions, strife’s and riots. It is something deeper, something emotional. Communal harmony implies mutual understanding, peaceful co-existence, cooperation and coordination among all the constituents of a community.
Harmony means proper conformity of the parts to one another and to the whole. Our country is passing through turbulent times and faced with numerous challenges – communalism being the most serious one. We should sink our personal differences in larger interests of the country and adopt a common approach to national problems if we want to achieve the laudable goal of national integration and communal harmony. Let us all be proud of our beloved nation.
We all have to collectively strive to make India vibrant, strong and supreme. However, is it necessary to talk about nation-building in this age of liberalization and globalization? What are the foundations – the pillars of a nation-building? Is Communal/social or religious harmony the most important requisite for the progress of a nation? If yes, then what are the fundamental measures to foster and maintain this communal harmony?
Kanwal Kapoor
Kunjwani, Jammu

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