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Diversity and discrimination

Difference and prejudice:

There are many things that make us what we are - how we live, the languages we speak ,what we eat , wear, the games we play and the things we celebrate. All of these are influenced both by the geography and history of the place where we live.

You will get an idea of how diverse india is if you look even briefly at the following statement ;There are eight major religions in the world. Every single one of them is practised in india. we have more than 1600 languages that are people’s mother tongues , and there are more than a hundred dance forms.

yet this diversity is not always celebrated. This is because we feel safe and and secure with people who look, talks, dress and think like us.

Prejudice means to judge other people negatively or see them as inferior. When we think that only one particular way is the best and right way to do right way to do things we often end up not respecting others. Who may prefer to do things differently. For example - if we think english is the best language and other languages are not important, we are judging these other languages negatively. As a results , we might not respect people who speak languages other than english.

Inequality and discrimination :

Discrimination happens when people act on their prejudices stereotypes them from taking part in certain activities and taking up jobs, or stop them from living in certain neighbourhoods, prevent them from taking water from the same well or hand pump, or not allow them to drink tea in the same cups or glasses as others , you are discriminating against them. Discrimination can take place because of several reasons. Some people may experience both kinds of discrimination . they are poor and they belong to groups whose culture is not valued.
Striving for equality:

The struggle for freedom from british rule also included within it the struggle of large groups of people who not only fought against the british but also fought to be treated more equally. Dalits, women, tribals and peasants fought against the inequalities they experienced in their lives. As pointed out earlier, many dalits organised themselves to gain entry into temples. Women demanded that they should have as much a right to education as men did.

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