This chapter begins by giving us an example of a somewhat wealthy boy and a newspaper hawker. The newspaper boy thinks that the rich boy would not understand Hindi newspapers because he looks foreign. We're introduced to diversity in this story when we find out that the newspaper boy is a Muslim, and after the Hindi- Muslim riots in Meerut, he is never seen again. We also learn about the various inequalities in society. The chapter also tells us about the importance of diversity in our lives. We'll learn about how our behaviours and also change due to this diversity. The important points are as follows:
- There are differences and inequalities in our lives.
- We are divided based on our religions, cultures, caste, language etc.
- Some of these differences can also turn into inequalities. For example, the caste system creates inequalities in our society.
- Diversity is an important part of our society. We eat different foods, celebrate different festivals, learn new languages, all because of diversity.
- People also write stories according to the culture they grew in. These stories are read throughout the world by different cultures.
- Many years ago, people used to travel by land to different places. Some of these places settled into these new lands. This is how diversity in India also grew.
- These people also adapted to different climates, learned new languages, and developed new tastes. The places where people live also make them different.
- People living in the countryside grow their food, while people living in cities are engaged in other commercial works.
- The chapter concludes by telling us about unity in diversity. For example, during the freedom struggle, people from all backgrounds came together to fight the British.