Uniqueness of patriotism lies in diverse culture

ENTHUSIASTIC: A Newspaper In Education (NIE) session in progress at Sri Jayendra Matriculation School. —

ENTHUSIASTIC: A Newspaper In Education (NIE) session in progress at Sri Jayendra Matriculation School. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: R. Ashok

R. Krishnamoorthy

NIE session conducted on ‘cultural diversity’

TIRUCHI: If India strikes awe among the rest of the nations, the reason is obvious: the oneness embracing diverse cultures, languages, customs and traditions is what makes Indian patriotism unique.

And it is only proper that future citizens have an elaborate understanding of this uniqueness. Serving this purpose was The Hindu – Newspaper in Education session on ‘Cultural Diversity’ constituting the fourth and final module of the theme ‘Know Your Country’ at the Sri Jayendra Matriculation School.

Students of standard VII responded enthusiastically during the session to the prompting of resource person Srividya Murali to divide themselves into various groups and present their understanding of the various dance forms, music, festivals, languages, costumes and cuisines across the country. Alongside discussing the traditional music forms, cuisines, and the origin of languages and scripts, the students made their best attempt to arrive at the concept behind every festival, well within the ambit of the oneness. The able performance of the about 50 students reflected the gradual exposure they had gained from the three earlier modules on ‘my city and economic development’, ‘culture and changing city’, and ‘India and its States’, according to Ms. Murali.

The first module focussed on the industrial activities and the products manufactured in the city, and the second module constituted a discussion on the various activities being organised in the city for preservation of the culture and tradition. Students were also encouraged to narrate the stories they had learnt from their grandparents.

For the third module, the experiences of students who had travelled for long distances in trains were a ‘ready reckoner’. They listed the changes they witnessed in food habits, climatic conditions, crops, and dresses as they kept peeping outside the windows at the various railway stations en route their destinations.

There were sufficient indications during the final session that the students had updated their knowledge about the country from various sources, and had thereby reinforced their patriotism, observed Ms. Murali.

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