9 reasons why India is one of the most diverse countries in the world

India - Unity in Diversity

India – Unity in Diversity

India is one of the most diverse lands found anywhere else in the world. From language to dressing-style, the country has been hailed as one of the most complex amalgamation of various cultural identities. The large number of different cultures, knitted together in such a close and perfect manner, makeIndia’s diversity one of the wonders of the world.
In the cacophony of the debate between communalism and secularism we have forgotten a crucial element that binds all together- Our Diversity. It is time to put a lid on the infamous communal versus secular debate and celebrate the diversity our beloved country has to offer.
RELIGIONIndia is also known by the name of land of many religions.

It is the birthplace of four major religions- Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism and Buddhism.

It also has the second highest population of Muslims in the world, next only to Indonesia.

India also has the third largest Shia population in the world.

India is considered as the cradle of Ahmadiyya Islam. It is one of the very few countries in the world with at least One million Ahmadi Muslims.

Zoroastrianism and Judaism also have an ancient history in India, and each has several thousands of Indian adherents. India has the largest population of people adhering to Zoroastrianism (i.e. Parsis and Iranis) and Bahá’í Faith in the world, even though these religions are not native to India. Many other world religions also have a relationship with Indian spirituality, such as the Baha’i faith which recognises Buddha and Krishna as manifestations of the God Almighty.

According to Census of India-

Out of 1028 million population:
little over 827 million (80.5%) have returned themselves as followers of Hindu religion;
138 million (13.4%) as Muslims or the followers of Islam;
24 million (2.3%) are Christians,
19 million (1.9%) are Sikh,
8 million (0.80%) as Buddhists and
4 million (0.4%) are Jain.

There are close to 111 various dance forms in the country.

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India is one of the most multi-lingual places in the entire world:
India has 22 officially recognized languages, in addition to 2,000 different dialects. There are about 1,635 languages being spoken across the length and breadth of the country.

According to a People’s Linguistic Survey of India, conducted over a duration of 4 years by 3,000 volunteers and staff of Bhasha Research & Publication Centre has concluded that close to 220 languages have disappeared in the last 50 years.

The big six languages – Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil and Urdu – are each spoken by more than 50 million people; 122 languages are each spoken by more than 10,000 people.

The varied culture of India has had an impact on the way Indians dress up. Clothing styles vary based upon region, religion, geography and climate.

From Saris to langots, India’s diverse dressing-style is a proof enough of its diverse culture.
The history of clothing in the India dates back to 5th millennium BC during Indus Valley Civilisation. It was here that the first sign of spun and dyed cotton was discovered.
In Kashmir, Pheran is the most common men attire.
Rajasthan is famous for its colouful and lively dresses.
Conservative Kerala prefers to dress in white dhoti and Kurta.
Assam is famous for its Muga.
The Rajputs of Himachal Pradesh are known for their body-hugging sherwani and chudidaar pyjama, decorated with the famous Himachali cap.
Saree and dhoti are the main traditional dresses of India. In fact, there are close to 80 recorded ways to tie a saree.
The French cultural anthropologist and sari researcher Chantal Boulanger categorised sari drapes in the following families-

Nivi (Andhra Pradesh), Bengali and Oriya style, Maharashtrian/Konkani/Kashta style, Gujarati/Rajasthani style, Madisar, Kodagu style, Gobbe Seere, Gond, Malayali style, Tribal styles and Kunbi style or denthli.

Read more details on India – the colorful land of wonders @ dailybhaskar.com

3 replies

  1. This is a well written presentation on the diversity of Indian people. also great to see Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad’s(as) picture and the special mention of Ahmadis.
    Thank you TMT, you are a wonderful source of information for us gleaned from the world publications.

  2. No doubt India is a great country with diversity. It is a place where some religions were born, including Budhism which later spread to far east. But its birth place was northwest of India.
    Hinduism is one of the oldest religions and I call it a complete religion, not because it is the best religion. It is complete in that it has all the necessary rituals from birth to death.
    Many invaders came from nor west and over ran India. Alexander the great was also one of them.
    Religious people also entered the country from North west and made many changes in thinking of the people of India.
    The British came from 5000 miles and ruled the territory. The Indians, through higher education, learned many good lessons and finally relieved themselves of the foreign yoke (Foreign rule).
    In the end of 19th century, Punjab was the battle ground for many faiths, Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam and Christianity. Islam was on the decline and under attack from all sides.
    At that crucial period, a person who was foretold (promised) by the prophet Muhammad s.a.w.s. appeared on the scene in India. He guided the mankind to peaceful living. Now his followers who number many million are continuing the peaceful preaching all over the world.
    Please, not to forget that the Jews had arrived in India (Kashmir) thousands of years before Muslims. The graves (final resting places) of Musa and Noah and Soloman and Jesus are to be found in India. Also the grave of mother Maryam is in Pakistan (former Indian territory) in a high place i.e. Murree. Indians contributed much in mathematics and art. It is believed chess was invented in Sind, Pakistan. And zero for the decimal system was provided by some Indian (I have no real knowledge about that.)
    There are many languages, some very old. But a new language, URDU, was developed in India and it is spoken by more than 50 million people in India and also spoken from Kabul to Singapore. Urdu is spoken in many parts of the UAE. Many poets contributed to the development of URDU language and provided it great beauty. It is a simple phonetic language, derived much from the words of Arabic, Persian, Hindi. Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, India, was the master writer of books in Urdu, Persian and Arabic. He wrote nearly 80 books full of religious knowledge and human behavior (philosophy).
    India is great. Hindus have attained liberty after many thousand years, like the Jews in Israel. Now it will be a test for the Indians to come up to standard and cater for the good wishes of all communities in a just manner.

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