Wow! What a topic suggested by Shakman to write on for this week’s Friday 2 on 1 Blog Post! The other blogger Shackman is an American and I, an Indian. Two remarkably diverse nations. On the assumption that Shackman will be writing about the USA’s diversity, let me address ours.
India has 29 states and 7 Union Territories. My Western readers will understand the latter if I use “Federally Administered Territories.”
Its citizens speak 22 major languages written in 13 different scripts, with over 720 dialects.
Every religion with all their sub-sects of the world is present here plus some odd local ones too.
Its geography encompasses mountain ranges, plains, coastal regions, huge lakes, deserts and some peculiar to India features like back waters, inland islands, mangroves and dense forests.
Its wildlife too is highly diverse with different regions home to different species. Its fauna too is highly diverse again based on regional and climatic differences.
Its people vary in colour from very fair to very dark with a great many somewhere in between.
Its history too is a fascinating collage of different types of rulers in different parts and times. Its history goes back to more than five thousand years of civilised existence and there are traces of primitive societies in existence even today.
Our politicians never tire of talking about our “unity in diversity”. While they talk, the ordinary Indian simply practices it.
Having looked at the macro India, let us take a look at the micro level. I think that I represent a fairly representative person of modern urban Indian. While such examples are more now a days with increasing exposure to the outside world, my family started the process of diversifying from my father’s generation. We had an uncle who first married a Caucasian Australian and subsequently an Anglo Indian Roman Catholic. Another uncle married outside our subcaste of Hindus as did an aunt. In my generation, I directly have two caucasian sisters in law, one a Scot and another an American Southern Belle. I married outside my language caste and religion and my son married outside our linguistic background. In the next generation we have just about all possible combinations of nationalities and religions and I have nephews and nieces who are Christians, Muslims and even Jew. That apart from the other linguistic and regional differences. So, my extended family can also be called as a very diversified one as can many other families of my friends.
Taking another area of diversity in my personal life, my blog world consists of friends from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, The USA, The UK, Indonesia, and many parts of India. I visit and comment on many blogs from all over the world too. In this process of visiting and commenting, both learn from each other and are richer for that.
With modern communication methods increasingly making the world a very small place, I think that such diversified families and nations will be more the rule than the exception in the next few decades.
Please do go over to Shackman’s blog to see what he has to say on the topic. Thank you.
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India is amazingly diverse – in fact mind bogglingly so. Consensus will prove – IMHO- more important than ever as things progress as you have taken the ire of China and Pakistan You will need a stronger military than ever as China speads its wings in your area of the wold. China already is causing issues between Australia and the USA and soon will try to drive a wedge between India and the USA. Interesting times we are in my friend.
Now that we have a robust right wing no nonsense government which is likely to grow from strength to strength, I am sure that our military capabilities will also become adequate to face both the neighbours.
I think, the USA is just uncomfortable if there is a country able to exceed their ability, whether in military, economy, technology, etc.
Hopefully India & Turkey will not get sanctions after buying the S-400.
My little corner in United States doesn’t have much diversity. Mostly white Christians.
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I should imagine that it would be rather unusual in the USA.
I have learned more about the wonders (as in its people and history) of India from You than I ever did from any old dry book Rummy. you’ve whet my interest in it always. and I see why people who have been there say “you must see India before you die!” I agree with them. although I will have to keep seeing it through your eyes and blog. thank you my friend.
It is always my pleasure to write about India as I think that it is my sacred duty to remove many misinformations about us peddled by colonial authors which have not been corrected. Thank you for your encouragement.
to add to your geographic content – I’m in one of the smallest landmasses in the world – you can put our entire landscape into Colorado (USA) but we do have is every type of landform (for want of a better word) that you have in maybe only one part of the world…maybe not as grand-as some places but all kinds of things.
what we don’t have is some of your animals including snakes, raccoons, crocs, squirrels
and as so called “peaceful land” we have a great many ethnic groups, languages and so forth…
I’m in Auckland (region) New Zealand…
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Yes, I am learning quite a bit about New Zealand from you and it would certainly qualify to be another great country of diversity.
Unity in diversity indeed. If only the British, especially the politicians, could be as positive and open-minded about all the different nationalities wanting to live here, instead of seeing them all as a sinister threat to the great British way of life, whatever that might be. Booze, bigotry and bullying?
We have our share of such bigotry here too Nick. Human beings will be that way irrespective of any kind of education.
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