Mahatma Gandhi had once said, "We have to produce a society of those people who profess different religions, but they live like brothers." In fact, this statement of Gandhiji has the essence of national integration in India.
India is a vast country with a numerous differences in food, clothing, languages, communities, religions etc. Besides, India has seen the mixture of various races, cultures, traditions etc. Through all these diversities and differences there runs the invisible link of common culture, common civility and common heritage.
National integration means a feeling of oneness among the entire Indians. We must think that we are Indians first and members of a particular religion afterwards. National integration is essential for social peace and harmony. The safety and prosperity of our country depends upon our unity.
In past, India has seen some unfortunate incidents of communal riots. These incidents took many innocent lives. Such incidents are a blot on the fair name of our country. The feeling of hatred must be replaced by love and affection. All Indians must consider one another as brothers and live peacefully.
We need national integration on permanent footing and this can be achieved by enlightening our children. All the children, during their formative years, must be taught that we all are Indians belonging to the one Motherland. We must not believe in separate identities. It is the time to merge in one main stream. Unless we develop a sense of unity and leave our narrow outlook, we might loose our independence
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