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    Unity in Diversity: The Strength of India

    On the advice from Riteshji, I have decided to start this thread on the very aspect of character of our beloved motherland , that simply categories our nation and her strength , the underlying current of the bondage ,

    that is Indianness ! running through the thousands of years , may our culture be different, may our religion be different, but our soul says we are Indian,

    I am hereby dedicating this thread to all respected members of Defence Forum of India , all and every Indian and the diaspora spreading through the world and the essence of Indianness:

    Unity in Diversity


    I am hereby starting this thread with the following article:

    India's Unity in Diversity - Indian Unity - India Unity in Diversity

    Unity In Diversity


    India being the largest democracy in the world with a civilization more than five thousand years old boasts of multiple cultural origins. The cultural origins of the Indian subcontinent can be traced back to the Indus Valley Civilizations, the remains of which are cherished even today. Since the late 16th century India was under the influence of the British Empire until 15th August 1947 the day when India gained independence. India is a land of diverse cultures, religions and communities. There is great diversity in our traditions, manners, habits, tastes and customs. Each and every region of the country portrays different customs and traditions. But though we speak different languages yet we are all Indians. 'Unity in Diversity' has been the distinctive feature of our culture. To live peacefully has been our motto and this motto has helped us to achieve independence. As history tells us that there has been active participation from people of different caste and religion. In our struggle for freedom people from different communities participated keeping one thing in mind that they all are Indians first. But unfortunately this peace and understanding among different communities has been endangered lately. India at present is facing many problems. The biggest of these is the problem of communalism. In their personal fight they are destroying their life only. In fact, it is the biggest threat to humanity and to the unity and integrity of the country.

    People from different background and culture participated in India's struggle for freedom. The national leaders, particularly Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru, Azad and Bose had coined the slogan unity in diversity There are numerous others who were also involved. Be it Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Jain and Sikhs everybody had a single identity of being an Indian. It should be understood that all of us have multiple identities religious, linguistic, cultural, regional and caste identities. No one can claim single identity. One who demands single identity i.e. national identity does not recognize the reality but during India's struggle for freedom no one thought in that manner they just thought of India's independence. Modern India presents a picture of unity in diversity where people of different faiths and beliefs live together in peace and harmony. Still today also India remains one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world.

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    The Thread which deals with the people of minority community , the community which is in general perception of us, based on religion, but in contrary it deals mainly with the tribals of the vast land of India , the son of soil , the people very close to mother earth, living here for thousands of years , and spread to the remotest corner of the country. We will deal with their culture, their history , their achievement and their commendable strong bond with their own culture , language in the over influencing age of globalisation and people's inability to live up their traditions else copying others , they are the really glaring example in this rapidly changing face of earth.

    Today, I will humbly try to highlight on the legend in Santhali Community, the largest tribal community in India, with a population near about 62,893,470, spreading over 5 states of India. Before being humble to write on the Legend , we shall have some idea regarding Santhali language, Santhali Language is part of Austro-Asiatic Family as believed to be the distant relatives of Vietnamese and Khamer , and a section of Anthropologists believe that they settled in India 55000-65000 years ago. Santhali language had no alphabet previously and used Bengali, Latin/Roman, Devnagari script to express their feeling.The noble person who first time introduced to Santhals to their very own written script, very own grammer and their literature becoming the Father of Santhali script , Pandit Raghunath Murmu, let me allow to in my honour to inform about the doyen of Santali Literature and script, Ol Chiki

    Pandit Raghunath Murmu


    Pandit Raghunath Murmu the father of Modern Ol Chiki or Ol cemet , was born in village of Dandbose or Dahardih , in Mayurbhanj district. Ol= writing Cemet= learning , so Ol Cemet means Learning of writings. Pandit Murmu, born on the full moon day of 5th May of 1905.

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    Pandit Raghunath Murmu ( 5th May 1905- 1st February 1982)

    After his education and his job of technical profession he took up the job of teaching in Badamtolia High School, at this juncture his attention turned into the Santhali literature which dates back to beginning of 15th Century AD, spoken in his mother tongue, but written in the help of script of other prevailing then contemporary major languages. He therefore felt the urge of Santhal community having their own script to preserve the rich culture , tradition and literature. He took up the task of developing the script 'Ol-Chiki', the script , that made the community not dependent any other script for expressing their views , their very own script , the hard work of Pt. Murmu , saw th first light to modern worrld of literature and scripts in 1925, as I quote from Ol Chiki Script,
    The epoch making invention of Ol Chiki script was unveiled in 1925. In the novel Bidu Chandan, he has vividly described how god Bidu, and godess Chandan who appear on Earth as human being would have naturally invented the Ol Chiki script in order to communicate with each other using written Santali.
    This was not done by Pt. Murmu to paint the language in religious colour but to awaken the Santhal community to their very own script and bondage for the love of their script, he followed the footsteps of Lokmanya Tilak using the Ganesh Chaturthi occassaion to awaken nationalism to people of India. Pt. Murmu's work spread over through his 150 books in the spectrum of Drama, Grammer, Novels, Poetry, Story in newly invented script, to culturaly upgrade the Santhal Society, the noteworthy works of Pt. Murmu includes 'Darege Dhan' , 'Sidhu-Kanhu', 'Bidu-Chandan' and 'Kherwal Bir'. Mayurbhanj Adibasi Mahasbha conferred him the title 'GURU GOMEKE' which he is popularly known among Santhals , Govt. of West Bengal, Govt. of Orissa, Orissa Sahitya Academy honoured him and he was conferred Hon. D.Litt by Ranchi Unversity. The Great thinker, writer , philosopher , doyen breathed his last and left the world forever on 1st February , 1982.

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    My next post I'll try to discuss about the Ol-Chiki script developed by Pt. Murmu.

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    Source: Ol Chiki Script
    Ol Chiki script - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Santals - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Indian Festivals establishing Communal Harmony and World Record

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    Mumbai, Indias financial Capital has become more united against terrorism after the 26/11 terror attack. 183 people lost their lives in that terror attack and hundreds of people were critically wounded. Such terror attacks have also occurred in the past in festival season. Though the main objective of these inhuman elements is to disturb peace during the festivals, but the festivities of different religions are in full swing irrespective of terror threat. Last days, the Hindus organized their religious festival Ganesh Pooja with full devotion whereas the Muslims were busy in its pious month of Ramazan.

    Preparations are on to celebrate the famous festivals of Dusshehra, the Durga Pooja and the Eid-Ul-Fitr. While the festivals of different communities in India, the nation of unity in diversity, are associated with their religious importance, at the same time these festivals present a rare example of communal harmony and equality, for which the world has perhaps no match. Surprisingly, these examples are seen in India at that time, when the terrorists and communal elements are putting their best day and night to disturb the social fabric of our country.

    Barara town in Haryana state in India , which created world record by creating and burning the tallest effigy of Ravana last year, is once again ready to break its own record. Rana Tejinder Singh Chauhan, President and founder of the Ramleela Club, is busy with his hundreds of companions in creating the tallest effigy of Ravana since four months. To help create this world record, a group of Muslim artisans led by Mohammad Usman has come from the historical city of Agra. The entire group is staying at Barara as special guests for the last four months. Muhammad Usman too has a deep desire to help Tejinder Singh Chauhan in this highly ambitious project. During the preparation of this huge effigy of Ravana, the holy month of Ramzan also passed. Mohammad Usman and his family kept fast regularly.

    All their religious needs are taken care of by Tejinder Singh Chauhan and his colleagues. They perform their religious rituals at the very place where the preparation of Ravanas effigy is being built. Mohd. Usman, himself, is of the view that the religious freedom he got in Barara is perhaps not available even among people of his own community. This is the reason that Usman and his group come every year on the invitation of Chauhan for Dusshehra preparations. On this, Chauhan says that he just does his duty by fulfilling the religious requirements of Usman and his family and follows the tradition of Atithi Devo Bhav(Guest is God). Chauhan says that he is trying to get the Ravana in the Guinness World Records. If that happens, then this effigy will not only make the world record of being tallest and gigantic, but also set a great example of communal harmony.

    Similarly the festival of Ganesh Pooja, like every year, presented an example of communal harmony this year. While the popular film actor Salman Khan was seen celebrating Ganesh Pooja with full devotion, at the same time the Ganesh Pooja festival was organized by the Muslim community in many parts of India. Not only this, in many cases, the Ganesh statue was installed by the Muslims in their houses and worshipped. While proving the 26/11 attacks a blot, people from the Muslim community participated in large numbers in the ritual of Ganpati Visarjan. Superstar Shahrukh khan too celebrates all the festivals with great zeal in his house and sets an example of a real Indian by celebrating Holi, Deepawali, Eid, and Baqrid.

    Such models religious and communal harmony are not only set by rich and wealthy or famous people, the poor and helpless people in India too have the strong feeling of celebrating these festivals with great zeal. For example, 19 districts of Bihar state in India were badly affected because of severe floods last year that was caused by the Kosi river dam breakage. The victims without any religious discrimination cooperated with other victims in relief work. The collective functions and prayers were organized at many places to get rid of the disaster. These prayers from both the communities were organised under one roof at many places. Not only this, at the time of flood during the month of Ramzan, the Hindus not only helped their Muslim brethren in their religious needs, even at some places there were news that the Hindus too fast.

    Amidst the spread of terrorism, news of involvement of the Muslim youth in majority of terror incidents and in respond to that the attempt communal polarization by some anti-national forces and at the same time the above examples of communal harmony easily makes one to understand that on this holy land of Ramanand, Kabir, Nanak, Chishti, Khusro, Nizam, Sai Baba, Sheikh Farid and Bulle Shah, the attempts to spoil the communal harmony cannot succeed. No terrorist organization can uproot the plants of communal harmony from this country of saints and hermits. Indian festivals would continue to set models for religious brotherhood and keep alive Unity in Diversity.
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