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 disunity and disharmony and to work ceaselessly for the achievement of national harmony and peace. 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. 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.
Attrocities are being committed in our country, day in and day out, in the name of caste, sect, community, social and economic differences and divergent political veiwpoints. Extremists and terrorists who have let loose the reign of terror in some parts of our country and have killed hundreds of innocent and peace-loving citizens, are being lionised as martyrs. It is our bounden duty, as patriotic citizens of our country, to fight tooth and nail against these anti-social elements who are bent upon destroying the unity and integration of the country. So our goal is clear, to put a stop to the process of disintegration that has lately started raising its ugly head and to accelerate the process of communal harmony, solidarity and oneness that has recently received a setback.
How to achieve this is the main problem? We have to make all our brethren feel that the whole country belongs to them, that there is no high and low in our country, that there is no distinction between the
Essay No. 01
India is a country of saints and seers who have always preached the lesson of love, harmony cooperation and respect for each other’s sentiments.
If we follow the preaching’s of our elders in letter and spirit, we shall love all religious equally well and there will not arise any occasion for conflict. It is rightly written in the scriptures of all religions that all paths lead to the same God.
“God made man in his own image,
In the image of man God made Himself”
God has created mankind. But he has not divided mankind into different religions. These regimented religions are man’s own creation. In spite of this, people of all religions can still live in peace if they respect each other’s religion. Even if they worship God in different ways, yet they should try to realize the underlying spirit in each religion and that is to serve mankind which is basically one.
It is very sad that in our country often communal riots take place, sometime in UP. Sometime in Gujarat and sometime at other places. Sometimes, the grounds are quite flimsy or trivial, The people need some awakening and joint efforts be enlightened people of all communities, as peace is good for all and strife is harmful to everybody.
It is said that the two nation theory that led to the partition of our country, sowed the real seeds of communal disharmony. But, we should all consider ourselves Indian first and last.
Let us all forget our petty religious differences, if any and live like brothers and celebrate jointly each other’s festivals and make India a great power to reckon with.
Essay No. 02
Communal harmony is of utmost importance to our country for peace and progress.
Before independence, the Indian people by and large lived in peace. There were hardly any fanatics to arouse the religious feelings of people then. There existed composite cultures in several then Indian cities such as Lahore, Karachi, Amritsar, Delhi, Ahmadabad, Hyderabad,
Kanpur, etc. There were hardly any communal riots then. Unfortunately, Muslim League’s two nation theory divided the innocent Indian masses into two broad camps of Hindus and Muslims and thus started the diabolical communal riots which led to the disturbance of communal peace on a large scale and finally to division of the country.
After Independence, Indian people largely lived in communal harmony except rarely when some people were incited in the name of religion by the malicious Pakistani agents.
This communal harmony took an ugly turn in terrorist movement in Punjab which was largely engineered by the ISI of Pakistan.
There have grown up some staunch hawks in all religious organisations now and one concrete surfacing of this attitude has been witnessed in demolition of the Babri structure and burning of Rambhaktas in a train and its aftermath in Gujarat.
We should remember that our great religious preachers and scriptures have always stood for oneness of mankind and we should adhere to this doctrine. Moreover, national progress which is essential for all is possible only if we maintain communal harmony.