One of the most ancient civilization, India has always been an apt example of the concept of diversity. A collection of 28 states and 7 union territories, each having varied characteristics in terms of language, culture, attire, customs and social practices. The differences extend further to deities and forms of worship, climatic conditions, geographical characteristics and historical backgrounds. Hence ‘diversity’ is to be understood as ‘difference’.
The true understanding of diversity however should be in a positive sense as an appreciation of differences. It recognizes the different backgrounds that people come from and draws from the influences to create stronger bonds and achieve what is best for the society as a whole. Unfortunately in India there have been instances of these differences being exploited by groups with vested interests to promote groupism and hatred resulting into social tension and riots. The feeling of nationalism has been endangered and to preserve it, these differences need to be resolved peacefully.