Q. 33.9( 79 Votes )

Do you think the term “unity in diversity” is an appropriate term to describe India? What do you think Nehru is trying to say about Indian unity in the sentence quoted above from his book 'The Discovery of India'?

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Yes, in my opinion, the term “unity in diversity” is appropriate to describe India. India’s diversity has always been recognized as its strength. During the freedom movements, people from different cultural, religious and regional backgrounds came together and started joint freedom movement to oppose the British rule. This strength of unity made it difficult for the Britishers to hold on power in India for a longer time. Also, the same national flag was used as a means of protest against Britishers everywhere.

In his book, ‘The Discovery of India’ Jawaharlal Nehru says that “Indian unity is not something imposed from the outside but rather it was something deeper and within its fold, the widest tolerance of belief and custom was practiced and every variety acknowledged and even encouraged”. Therefore, despite having geographical, language and cultural differences, people of India are living in peace with respect for each other’s traditions and with unity.

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