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What doesnt kill you makes you stronger The creation of a national identity in India has been hindered by at least these three internal and external factors First British influence and rule have contributed to Indias incongruity since long before Benjamin Disraeli officially proclaimed Queen Victoria empress of India in 1876 The alien British government was merely concerned with profits not the greater well being of the Indian nation-state Secondly even if Indian identity were to be discussed without consideration of the British problem Indias struggle towards unity and national identity is forced to contend with religious conflict Such a large land naturally carries great religious diversity and India is still in a state of unresolved inter-religious conflict The cracking of India occurred in lieu of stable nationalistic unification The children of Mother India divided themselves geographically sorted by religion This path is the opposite of one leading towards a national identity Finally if the idea of religious unrest is narrowed further the Hindu problem alone can be seen as a hindrance to a national identity The Hindu caste system prescribes inequality which when compared to the American disease of racism can easily be seen in direct opposition to a singular national identity What each society fails to notice is that when defining oneself as black or white Brahman or untouchable one can simultaneously define oneself as American or Indian Herein the first signs of the strength of India become apparent as a result of a particular lack of national identity Just as race issues in America shaped the United States the struggles of unequal people have shaped India Out of such struggle is born the truths and peculiar strengths of India that afford the solution to creating a national identity for India by removing and overcoming the given obstacles Under the unofficial leadership of Gandhi the people of India were united A common goal of freedom and self-rule bound people together regardless of
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