What unites India? Ask such a question and find yourself drenched in septic arguments. The image of India as a nation is somewhat weird. This country is misgoverned by corrupt politicians chosen by ignorant people, its social structure is divided by castecism and regional politics exploits it aptly to win elections, its constitution spilt the career and education opportunities into categories, and at the same time, cultural differences are high. In Himalayan states like Himachal Pradesh, dialect of language changes almost every 30 K.M. Unification might sound a far-fetched concept here. However, there is some sense of national unification left inside Indian people. Some motivations could be temporary and unintentional, but there are some factors that bring Indians together. Here are top 5 things that unites Indians.
1. Culture & Festivals:
More or less, cultural beliefs in India enjoy the same concept. People do believe that India is one of the oldest civilizations mentioned in history of the world. Rich cultural heritage is a treasure-house of music, fine arts, dance, drama, theatre, literature and sculpture. Indian philosophy, Vedic literature, Yoga and its value system enjoys international fame. Many festivals like Diwali, Holi, and Dussehra etc. are celebrated all over the country. Even people settled in foreign counties are connected to India by sharing the celebrations of these festivals.
The Preamble of India starts with lines saying,” We the People of India”, and Indian constitution does play a paramount role in keeping Indian states unified. Nation is disciplined under the same set of laws and the fundamental rights are provided to each citizen irrespective of caste and religion. That’s the reason corruption gives a bypass to these laws & regulations. Wealthy and influential political leaders mostly opt to bypass these laws in exchange of huge cash. In constitution, India is completely secular state. May be, it’s forced, but it does keep Indians under the same roof, thus unites India.
3. History of India:
India’s history reveals some instances when India stood together. India’s long fight for freedom, under the leadership of freedom fighters belonging to various religions and castes, makes a fine example of that. Even the Muslim invasions and British colonial rule could not erase the cultural heritage of India. Rather, it blended with Indian perspectives. This hint at some force at work that kept India unified or helped it to preserve its own culture and values.
4. Social Media/Internet:
Under British rule, the building of railway tracks boosted communication between people residing in other parts of the country. It led to a revolution and the fight of freedom from the colonial rule. In the present day, Internet is solving the same purpose. It’s letting people connect and share, in text and visuals. And most importantly, all this information reaches our computer screen within a few seconds of dispatch. It’s breaking the physical and geographical barriers.
5. Achievements and Sports:
For instance, Indian cricket team represents secularism; player from every religion and region play together to represent India. Sachin Tendulkar isn’t just a player; he is the unopposed God of cricket. He, with his international records, is the pride of India. Not only cricket, but many other internationally reputed Indian figures from various other fields have done the same. A cricket match on a fine day does provoke impulses of patriotism and nationhood among the people across the nation. It might be temporary, but cricket does bring Indians together, cheering for the team.