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Chapter 1 Understanding Diversity
Draw up a list of the different festivals celebrated in your locality.
Which of these celebrations are shared by members of different regional and religious communities?
List of the different festivals with regional and religious communities:
• Holi : Hindus (mainly in North India, North-east India, Orrisa, Mahrashtra, Tamil Nadu etc.)
• Diwali : Hindus (mainly in Central India, North India, North-east India, South India etc.)
• Id-ul-Fitr : Muslims (mainly in Central India, North India, North-east India, South India etc.)
• Christmas : Christians (mainly in Central India, North India, South India etc.)
• Pongal : Hindus (Tamil Nadu, Kerala)
• Chhath : Hindus (Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand)
• Lhori : Sikhs, Hindus (Punjab, Chandigarh)
• Mahavir Jayanti : Jains, Hindus (Chhatishgarh, U.P., Bihar)
• Buddha Jayanti : Buddhists, Hindus (U.P., Maharshtra, M.P.)
- What do you think living in India with its rich heritage of diversity adds to your life?
Things which rich heritage of diversity adds to your life:
• We met people with different languages.
• We have large variety in foods.
• Celebrate different festivals and respect their cultures.
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• Different dance and music forms.
• Variety of dressing styles and clothes of the regions.
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?
Yes, the term “unity in diversity” is an appropriate term to describe India.
The diversity in India has always been recognised as a source of its strength.
Even during freedom movements, women and men from different cultural, religious and regional backgrounds came together to decide joint actions and opposes the British rule.
This strength of unity made it very hard for Britishers to continue the rule and Indians won the battle of independence. Also, the same national flag was used as means of protest against Britishers everywhere.
DIVERSITY IN INDIA
India is a country of many diversities. We speak different languages, have various types of food, celebrate different festivals, practice different religions.
But actually, if you think about it, we do many things that are similar except that we do them in different ways.
How do we explain Diversity?
A little more than two hundred years ago or long before the train, airplane, bus or car became a part of our lives, people traveled from one part of the world to another, in ships, on horses, on camels, or on foot.
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 practised and every variety acknowledged and even encouraged.
This suggests that despite of having geographical, language and cultural differences, people of India are living with peace with respect for each others traditions and with unity.
Underline the line in the poem sung after the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, which
according to you, reflects India’s essential unity.
The blood of Hindus and Muslims flows together today. This line in the poem sung after the Jallianwala Bagh massacre reflects India’s essential unity.
Choose another region in India and do a similar study of the historical and geographical factors that influence the diversity found there.
Are these historical and geographical factors connected to each other? How?
Geographical Factors: Lies in the regions of Ganges-Brahmputra Delta. It stretches from the Himalayas in the north to the Bay of Bengal in the south.
A small coastal region is on the extreme south, while the Sundarbans forests is a remarkable landmark at the Ganges delta.
Historical Factors: It has close relations with geographical factors. The major population depends on agriculture or mainly the cultivation of rice due to fertile lands of Delta.
The people of Bengal supported Bangladesh Liberation war. Durga Puja of Hindus and Eid of Muslims are two main festival celebrated in Bengal.
Geographical Features: Situated between the Lakshadweep Sea and the Western Ghats. It has a wet and maritime tropical climate influenced by the seasonal heavy rains.
The western coastal belt is relatively flat compared to the eastern region and have many lakes and canals.
Historical Factors: Due to coastal areas, export and import were prevalent and thus there are people from many religions.
This state has nearly equal population from Hinduism, Muslims and Christian regions. Festivals like Onam, Eid, Christmas etc. are celebrated. The geographical features helped in the cultivation of spices.
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