Unity, a word, a phenomenon, and lots of thoughtful things included in the single word; talked almost among all the sections of the society, all walks of life and almost everywhere. What this unity is, how to define, how to implement, no one knows, no one explains …
Recently I tweeted a small thought of mine on my micro website twitter.com. Before tweeting I read the news of violence going on in Maharashtra, I was not present there at that time; but I was in grief for the people, while tweeting, I was feeling pain for those people who suffer but not because they don’t understand the meaning of unity, but because there are some people around them who don’t want the people to be united. They begin it; they begin the rage and the anger, but the people, who used to believe in unity, or if not believed, at least did not have the intention to de-unite were unknowingly involved and suffered. Some people, mostly, very few in the number, begin the violence, even without knowing what their expectation is, why they are spreading the negative vibes in the society and what they want.
That small segment of people very well knows that India is a large country. There are different regions here and different regions observe variations in tradition and culture. People belonging to diverse cultures belong to different religious faiths. They celebrate different festivals and perform varied religious rites. In spite of these diversities, Indians feel a sense of unity and oneness among them. The spoken language of one state is quite different from that of another. They wear different types of dresses. That’s why, it’s being said that India is symbol of unity in diversity.
Then why a small segment rises problems, are they uncomfortable in accepting India as a united nation, do they want that India should be divided into small segments, where as each single segment could have only one kind of culture, one kind of language, one kind of tradition and one kind of religious rights. Do these people know that this is their intention, and will all these people broadly accept that their intention is to divide India? I believe, certainly not, if asked this question, they will certainly give lots of reasons as why they are promoting or influencing the humans (Indians as a whole) to fight among themselves.
When somebody goes from one district to another, he is frequently asked, which district you belong to, same is asked when he leaves the state, which state you belong to? Do you speak Malayalam, or Tamil or Hindi or … , but when somebody goes out of the country, he goes with only one identity, an Indian, and he is only asked “ Are you an Indian?”
But the people who are living in India, not travelling abroad, forget this universal identity. They prefer to consider themselves as Hindu or Muslim, Sikh or Christian, or Bihari, Begali, Marathi, Malli or so on. Why don’t they take it simply like this, that following the religion or any culture or belief is someone’s own choice, but it should not suffer the identity of being Indian. People create groups, the group which will fight for the right of Muslims or the group which will fight for the rights of Hindus, or so on. But what is the need of formation of this type of groups, is it not only enough that there must be groups which should fight for the rights for the weaker section of the society, underprivileged section of the society, or women… does any problem come to us with a consideration whether this particular person is from Bihar or Bengal or Maharashtra, so we should harm them and leave others. No, it never happens, any natural problem comes without making any difference of region, religion or caste, so if the problem/disaster (like earthquake, fire, tsunami, etc) doesn’t make any difference on these grounds, why some people create the segment to influence the people. Have they themselves understood what they want from people, and if yes, have they this much of courage in their words that they clearly accept it – I don’t want my country to be united, I want to break it down into smaller pieces and I do refuse “ the Right to equality and unity by the Honoured Constitution of India”.
I have written all this because I am an Indian and I feel grief to see these things in my nation. But the fact is that it is not applicable for my country only, this should be considered by all the people of the world for their own country and its constitution, wherever they have born, and wherever they have got the citizenship rights. A country’s constitution is always bigger than a particular section’s wish or right. So the foremost importance and the care is sought for the nationality itself, for example, a Chinese must care first what the Chinese Constitution has defined for the sake of the nation of China, an American must think about America’s Constitution and an Australian must care for the Australia’s constitution, and so on. Any particular person, born in any country, must give first priority to what his country wants or says, and later, what he wants or thinks. So the nation doesn’t matter, but in brief and in general, every citizen should first respect and value the country through which he received this citizenship, as this is the first gift, the country has given to him … “The Citizenship” and later must come, his region, religion or other things.