The Challenges of Cultural Diversity

The Challenges of Cultural Diversity

Question

What comment will you make on a paragraph extracted from "Rabindra Nath Tagore's book "On Nationalism" in NCERT text book?

Answer

It explains how the political system in a nation tries to generate hate and contempt in all innocent heads and hearts of its school-going kids through study-material, electronic and post media, posters, banners, slogans and wrench and twists in histories of other countries in the world. NCERT refers it as an exclusive or radical nationalism and wants to suggest that such tactics should be avoided at all levels of administration and in families too. In an apt way, it has been explained that no individuals should think for a moment that the hurt you inflict upon other races will not inject you or that the enmities you show around your homes will be a web of protection to you for all time to come. We would like to make the following comments upon this paragraph—

(i) It is panacea to all kinds of malaises that culminates in psycho-somatic, somatic (i.e. physical) and neurological disorders viz. mania, fobias, hysteria etc.

(ii) If understood properly, it would reduce the personality of emotional outburst at home, school/colleges, offices within communities and the communal riots and other disturbances in the country. Moreover, wars between nations can also be avoided.

(iii) It advocates cosmos-conscience, the most needed essence for cosmopolitan (global-citizen) in this phase of liberalisation and globalisation.

(iv) It condemns the westernization of society in which all such tactics in the name of exclusive nationalism are adopted ab-initio (e.g. the education imparted by the French in Vietnam at Tokin Free School started in 1907 CE).

(v) It carries the mastership of आत्मवत् सर्वभूतेष (All organisms are as myself) आत्मानि प्रतिकूलानि परेषां समाद्यरेत (Don't practice upon others what you consider as not good for you)

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