Dr. Mitesh Kumar
National integration is not a simple issue rather it is a slow and steady process. It will remain a dream and distinct goal to achieve National integration unless concrete steps are taken to foster it. The rise and fall of a nation depends upon the extent of the development of a feeling of nationalism in its citizens. Hence this feeling needs to be nurtured, cultivated and strengthened by all possible ways and means. In modern society it seems that sport is one of the most important and effective means to achieve this great task.
As India is a big country the inhabitants of which belong to various communities and groups. The cultural patterns of all these communities and groups are different. It is obvious to have different ideals, values, customs traditions, ways of living, eating and dressing in different communities and groups. This is true that India represents a wide variety of peoples. There was no time when one language was spoken throughout the country never was the time when all the Indians followed any one religion these diversity is often lead to mutual tension and then unfortunately towards National disintegration. Strength of the nation depends on the degree of homogeneity of its people which again depends upon the acceptance of common standards and values. Therefore, the need and importance of National integration cannot be over emphasized.
The scope of sport is very vast it includes all those activities and experiences which prepare the individual to engage himself for his own good and for good of the society of which he is an integral part. Participation in sport create a climate that would help to create feelings of oneness. It acts as anti dote to separatistic and divisive forces. It broadens the outlook, fosters a feeling of togetherness and nationalism and a spirit of sacrifice and tolerance so that the narrow group interest are submerged in a larger interest of the community. It also includes a feeling of love and regard for the history, culture, religion, language and traditions of the nation. Therefore, importance of participation in games and sports and it's role in promotion of national integration and international understanding needs to be analysed. The present paper is focused upon to have an analytical study of how participation in games and sports could be instrumental in promoting National integration among its citizens.
Aim: The principal aim of this paper is to highlight the role of games and sports in promoting national integration and international understanding.
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