Today, we stand divided almost on every point our unity stands shattered. Vested interests, sectional views mutual suspicious, reactionary elements, both communal and linguistic, reap rich harvest in the midst of economic exigencies, gigantic population problem, soaring prices and numerous other formidable problems threaten the very survival and the bare existence of the masses.
Indeed, the greatest task before us is the building up of the unity and solidarity of our people. Our country has often stood as a solid rock in face of common danger such as armed conflict with Pakistan.
In simplest words, national integration means a warm hearted love and sympathy of one Indian for every other. It is for that reason all the people belonging to different parts of the* country, however, strong their feeling might be on particular issues, must never forget that they are Indian first.
National Integration means the revival of the lost sense of responsibility towards country, re-affirmation of our faith in democratic way of life, rededication to nation building activities. Only the maximum happiness of the maximum number of people means true freedom and also true progress.
We must understand the nation. Today we think with cur stomach, see with our nakedness and feel with our misery.
It is a pity that though India is a secular country, the religious differences yet lead to violent clashes. Secularism which means tolerance to all belief still leads to rivalries and conflicts often taken the shape of exhibiting the importance and prestige of one religion over the other.
The question of high and low castes and scheduled tribes continues to suffer neglect and endure disabilities. Provincialism is worst enemy of national unification and linguistic agitation has led the youth to indulge in indiscriminate acts of rowdyism.
Besides, various political parties must grow out of their politics and lend a helping hand in the task of building a nation. The enlightened view to our differences can make us realise that we are all different elements working in different ways towards a common goal-prosperity and welfare of our country that is India.