Lokesh .P. Somkuwar –  Graduation (BBA) , Perusing MBA at Thakur Institute of Management Studies & Research , Mumbai

India comprises of so many religions and all religion’s teaching are the same but the names of them are different which creates problem for India as well as the whole world .People create their own thinking about other religion’s being different from their own which finally result in conflict . If teachings of every religion is same the why everyone today thinks that their religion is superior to others?

The need for resolving this very thinking is high as it might lead to disastrous situation in India as well as in the whole world. Harmony is very much needed for one and everyone to live life peacefully and the world will be great place to live on. This will only start from each one’s thinking and feeling for equality .If each one of us think in a broader way then only it is possible and peace will be maintain in the whole world

“If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character. If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home. If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nations. When there is order in the nations, there will peace in the world.”

Human needs can be found as the same everywhere in the world if we look at it from biological and psychological perspectives. Irrespective of the geographic, linguistic or religious differences humans everywhere have common biological needs like hunger, thirst, sex etc; the satisfaction of which is essential for their survival. Similarly man has psychological needs like, need for recognition, need for companionship, need for security, need for prestige etc. the fulfillment of which is inevitable for maintaining sound mental health. Man cannot satisfy most of such needs through his own individual efforts. He requires the assistance of his fellow members of the group in this regard. That is why human beings are considered as social animals. A cooperative integrated society is most congenial for leading a healthy social life.

Religion is one of the social institutions found in all human societies. It assists man to establish and maintain harmonious relationships with the supernatural forces that are believed to have direct influence in the fortunes of man. Moreover religion is one of the agents contributing to the integration of society. Religion provides ‘we feeling’ among its members.

 “Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”

People live and think in terms of their respective religions, faiths and tongues, and seek to serve their selfish ends without thinking of the national good. Such thinking is dangerous and is bound to lead to the disintegration of the country in the long run.

The need of the hour, therefore, is to fight the forces of disunity and disharmony and to work ceaselessly for the achievement of national harmony and peace. Communal harmony is the coming together of all the communities of the country and living together with a sense of brotherhood and equality, irrespective of their caste, creed, religion etc. We should sink our personal differences in larger interests of the country and adopt a common approach to national problems if we want to achieve the laudable goal of national integration and communal harmony.

Atrocities are being committed in our country, day in and day out, in the name of caste, sect, community, social and economic differences and divergent political view points. Extremists and terrorists who have let loose the reign of terror in some parts of our country and have killed hundreds of innocent and peace-loving citizens, are being lionized as martyrs. It is our bounden duty, as patriotic citizens of our country, to fight tooth and nail against these anti-social elements who are bent upon destroying the unity and integration of the country. So our goal is clear, to put a stop to the process of disintegration that has lately started raising its ugly head and to accelerate the process of communal harmony, solidarity and oneness that has recently received a setback.

“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”

All religions in the world teach peace and peace alone. Practicing love and truth are the ways of reaching him. Yet the world has gone through many wars fought on the basis of religion. The crusades, the partition of India and the massacre that followed, are a few examples where religion disturbed harmony and peace. The problem does not arise for nations or State where its entire people belong to one religion. The problem arises where people belonging to more than one religion live. Of late, we see that there are conflicts even among those who follow the same religion but belong to different sects. Man with his powers of reasoning and intelligence gives his own version of truth and God, and the difference leads to a sect.

The main cause for disharmony is not religions. Disharmony is due to not understanding the truths therein properly. Man is always selfish and religion is like opium. When man is under its influence he does not know what he does. He feels that he is serving religion by harming or hurting the other man. It is a fight that takes place. To prevent it, a lot of rational thinking on religion and proper understanding of truths in it’s necessary.

And if we think on broader prospect of peace and religious harmony then there will be no discrimination on the basis of caste, religion etc. And world will be a great place to live and we can make it even better for future generations to come as there will be no war taking place on the basis of religion and we can give better tomorrow for them as well as to teach them the benefits of harmony with which individuals goal can be achieved and not with war. But it should start from each one of us and from today itself.