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Unity in diversity is a slogan celebrating co-operation between different groups of people in a single society and socio-ecological philosophy that describes a sense of oneness despite physical or psychological barriers.

In 1938, the leader of the Baha'i Faith said it was the "watchword" for the religion.[1] "Unity in diversity" or some variation is also the official slogan of the European Union (see In varietate concordia) as well as the nations of Ghana, Indonesia (see Bhinneka Tunggal Ika), Papua New Guinea and South Africa. "Unity in Diversity" is one of the nine Enduring Principles of Community of Christ, an international Christian church. [2]

IndiaEdit

Furthermore, the phrase is widely used to describe India, which is home to a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual and multi-religious society. The subcontinent's long and diverse history has given it a unique eclectic culture.[3] The philosophy is the underlying pan-Indian philosophy echoed in textbooks throughout India.[4]

India's diversity has always been recognized as a source of its strength. When the British ruled India, women and men from different cultural, religious and regional backgrounds came together to oppose them. India's freedom movement had thousands of people of different backgrounds in it. They worked together to decide joint actions, they went to jail together, and they found different ways to oppose the British. Interestingly the British thought they could divide Indians because they were so different, and then continue to rule them. But the people showed how they could be different and yet be united in their battle against the British.

In his book The Discovery of India Jawaharlal Nehru says that Indian unity is not something imposed from the outside but rather, "It was something deeper and within its fold, wildest tolerance of belief and custom was practiced and every variety acknowledged and even encouraged." It was Nehru who contained the phrase, "unity in diversity" to describe the country India.

United StatesEdit

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House of Blues in Dallas, Texas has an emblem at the top of their stage with several religious symbols, and the phrase "Unity in Diversity."







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ReferencesEdit

  1. Effendi, Shoghi (1938). The World Order of Bahá’u’lláh (p41). Wilmette, Illinois, USA: Bahá'í Publishing Trust. ISBN 0877432317. http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/se/WOB/index.html. 
  2. Community of Christ (2009). The Enduring Principles.
  3. India, a Country Study,United States Library of Congress, Note on Ethnic groups
  4. Swarna Rajagopalan (2001), State and Nation in South Asia

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