Unity and Diversity in Culture- Prof M S Swaminathan
Chennai, September 13, 2016: Cultural diversity, often associated with religion, is one of the distinguishing features of human society. Whatever may be the differences, everyone joins together on certain occasions to celebrate the occasion, regardless of religion, caste or language. Some examples are Diwali all over India, Pongal in the South, Durga Pooja in West Bengal, Onam in Kerala and Christmas globally. It is a pleasure to observe families getting together during Onam in Kerala irrespective of religion. We need more occasions of this kind for community happiness. Minor differences in religion are generally magnified, while the common observance of happy occasions like Onam is usually forgotten. What we now need is both cultural diversity and inter-cultural experience of joy on occasions like Onam. Such sharing of joy is the best method of fostering unity in the midst of cultural and genetic diversity.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.