The policy of divide and rule was adopted by the British in India as they wanted to manage and manipulate Indians to suit their political ends. They created a communal mind in India-Hindus,Muslims,Christians and Sikhs lived like brothers before the British came to India. The British planted the seed of separatism on the basis of language,religion and caste. Soon the Hindu began to feel different from his Muslim neighbour and this often led to a tendency to compare each other in terms of benefits from the government.
when India earned her Independence,she was able to drive away the British is but the damage done by them is almost permanent.They have managed to change the psyche of the Indian to such an extent that even today people belonging to different religions are struggling to be one up on the other.
Today the task before Indians is to unite India again.Political leaders have been harping on the need for national integration time and again.India has been declared a secular state in which all religions are encouraged and an Indian can follow any faith that he feels convinced by.
India is a country with myriad languges,cultures and religions.However,if we remain united we can overcome any sort of aggression from any quarter of world.The motto:-"united we stand,divided we fall" should always be remembered.Unfortunately,today India is burning with problems of communalism,regionalism,myltilinguism etc.Very few Indians think of themselves as Indians first and Hindus,Muslims or Christians later.This attitude has to be discouraged.
The political leaders today have continued the policy of the British and to secure their own seats in the elections they too manipulate sections of the society to their own advantage.They spread hatred between various communities and then support one of them as though they have become their messiahas.Communal riots have become a community and try to their advantage.
They support the members of any one community and try to influence them to create trouble in India.They supply arms and train some innocent Indians for their own motives they cannot see India strong and prosperous.They feel threatened and want to break us by encouraging this separatist consciousness.
We as Indians need to overcome these petty differences of caste,creed,religion,language and always remember that we are Indians first and we must be proud of our identity as Indians
by - SHITA SHAH