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3) The spirit of tolerance and love is not only an interesting feature of Indian society from very early times, but it is also playing an important part at the present. Elaborate.(250 words)

Topic– Part of static series under the heading – “Salient features of Indian society and diversity”

3) The spirit of tolerance and love is not only an interesting feature of Indian society from very early times, but it is also playing an important part at the present. Elaborate.(250 words)

Key demand of the question

The question expects us to provide origin of India’s diversity. Next, we need to illustrate how it was an interesting feature in early and mediaeval times. Thereafter, we need to bring out how love and tolerance is playing an important role in the current society, how it counters destructive forces and creates economic opportunities.

Structure of the answer

Introduction – Mention that India is a vast country with a lot of diversity in her physical and social environment. People of different racial stocks, ethnic backgrounds and religious beliefs have settled down here. While their food habits, dress patterns and languages vary but the spirit of love and tolerance is common elements among all of them.

Body

  • Discuss how the spirit of love and tolerance developed in early times from Buddhism, Jainism to Sufism etc.
  • Discuss how spirit of love and tolerance played an important role in modern times in freedom struggle etc
  • Discuss the role played by this spirit in creating opportunities and economic benefits within India, the societal advantages it has etc. discuss how this spirit also extends to our diaspora.

Conclusion – mention that barring occasional incidents of violence and hatred, Indian civilization has always celebrated plurality and promoted love & tolerance. This spirit has countered the destructive forces within India and created opportunities for Indians both within and outside our country.