Good morning to everyone in this room. I would like to thank the principal, the teachers, and my dear friends for allowing me to speak to you today about national integration. When a country is as culturally, religiously, and linguistically varied as India, those two simple words—believe me when I say they are the most potent force advancing a nation—come into their own.
National unity and national integration are the same things. In this situation, a nation’s population is united for a shared objective despite their differences. India is a prime example of effective national integration. The variety of India has long astounded the outside world.
There is an old Indian proverb that states, “Kos kos pe badle pani, char kos pe badle wani,” which translates as, “Water in India changes flavor every 200 meters, language every 800 meters.” The people of India are united and uphold a single constitution despite their great variety. Purely speaking, this is a problem of national integration. For the nation to continue moving forward and prospering, national integration is also crucial.
All Indian citizens have a sense of belonging and increase their loyalty to their country as a result of national integration. It is one of India’s greatest assets and has proven successful in fending off both internal and external threats. I think I was able to communicate national integration’s true significance in the clearest way possible. I appreciate your time and consideration. Salute to India! Thank you.