Quebec/Canada vs Pakistan/Hindu
by Brianli on April 2, 2014 - 8:13pm
Religion, culture, nationality, tradition and language are what differ a person to another one and they are also the reason why people get united to form a group which we can refer it as a nation. Is it possible for two groups of different views to live together? In fact, it is possible. For instance, at first, India was composed of Hindus and Muslims. There were also English living with French in Canada. However, the fact that they have never trusted each other brought them to conflicts and the idea of independance. For example, in 1791, French Canadians were not able to live anymore peacefully with the English Candians and decided to be separated from them which led to the Constitutional Act. On the other hand, in 1916, Jinnah's speech during the Lucknow Pact had pushed the Muslimans to act. At the end, they successfully got separated from Hindus and created their own decmocracy called Pakistan . At some point, both situations are very similar. French Canadians are minorities and they wanted to be apart because they claim that they cannot live with the English Canadians due to the differences in culture, language and traditions. On the contrary, Muslims, at that time, were also minorities and the main reason why they want to leave is the contrariety of religions. Besides these comparisons, French Canadians, in fact, Quebecers are still debating for the independance of Quebec after many discussions. On the other hand, Jinnah made the two parties, Indian National Congress and Muslim League, to agree to found a new country during the first discussion. In my opinion, it is definitely possible for two nations to live together in harmony. The reasons why these groups wanted to live apart is that they did not feel any cultural proximity and they felt as being dominated and controlled by the majority. Although, they forgot that there is no country or nation that can live by themselves without the connections with the others. What makes a country strong is that the citizens within are all united and in order to reach this union, citizens have to communicate to each other, to know what the other one wants and then, to meet an agreement together. However, this is not really happening in India and here, in Canada.
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