The nation comprises of men. So, national integration means union of the minds of men. National integration can be achieved if all people love one another and put national interest above self-interest and communal or provincial interests. Otherwise people will always fight among themselves whenever there is an iota of conflict between their self-interests. This is happening here for a long time.
In our country there are so many religions, languages, dresses, etc. But we are all Indians. As we proudly say: ‘I am an Indian, the Indian is my brother.’ It must come into our heart, we must feel it. Then all divisive tendencies will go, as they are based on a feeling of separateness. In spite of differences, we Indians have a common cultural heritage that is very, very ancient and rich. This culture teaches us about unity in variety. We must first bring it back in our national life through right education and culture which are almost nowhere to be found now.
Along with that, all exploitation, corruption, and political opportunism must stop. These are eating into the vitals of the nation. If the more fortunate take away the lion’s share of all wealth, power, and learning and let millions of others remain in poverty and ignorance, there cannot be a real union of these haves and have-nots. Vested interests from inside as well as from outside the country use this weakness to their own benefit quite easily.
To bring about such changes we need men of sterling character, of clear intellect and oceanic heart. Now there are too few real men in our society. So, we must be and make such men first. With the increase of such men, the negative things will start disappearing and the nation will become united. There is no other way to national integration.