The phrase is an expression of harmony & unity between dissimilar individuals or groups. It means “unity without uniformity and diversity without fragmentation.” The idea and related phrase is very old and dates back to ancient times in both Western and Eastern Old World cultures.
The country located in South Asia is the second-most populous country in the world. It is bounded by the Indian Ocean on the South, the Arabian Sea on the Southwest & Bay of Bengal on the southeast. Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal & Bhutan being the countries around it.
The country is an absolute example to portray the concept of unity in diversity. Housing all the geographical varieties like sea, oceans, mountains, forest, desert, hills & plateaus. People of different caste, creed, religion reside here. A variety of dialects are spoken & so are the residing communities like The Hindus, The Buddhists, The Sikhs, The Jains, The Muslims & The Christians & tribals like the Garo, the Khasi, the Koles, the Nagas & the Bheels.
The sense of unity struck people’s minds, in the period of crisis. Thus, during the British colonial system, the Indians established a sort of unity to fight against their persecution & begin a struggle for freedom. The National anthem ‘Vande Mataram’ & the non-obedient civil disobedience act ‘Dandi March’ are some instances that instilled a sense of patriotism among the citizens thus had a wide influence over the freedom fighters then. A type of unity was also cited during the reign of Chandragupta, Ashok, the Mughals & the Pathans.
Thus the concept should be maintained at any cost. The Central Government must face the secessionists with an iron hand. The Government should do away with the laws that create discrimination & differences among different religious groups & linguistic communities. In this connection, a uniform code of rule & conduct should be encouraged.
A range of selection of dressing sense & food habits can be observed as one moves from one place to the other. For instance, the traditional dhoti worn by males in Northern India is draped in some way while in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu & Karnataka is worn as a “Lungi.” Similarly, women drape sarees in different styles varying with the states. Like, Mekhela Chador from Assam, Nauvari from Maharashtra, Kappullu from Andhra Pradesh & Athepourey from West Bengal. On the other hand, the Tribal community possesses their peculiar forms of dress & customs.