Social cohesion, despite all the diversity in multicultural societies like India and Canada, is the force that

makes it possible for these two nations to exist. Canada’s being bilingual and bicultural, and India’s being naturally multicultural, to begin with, don’t reduce the number of problems their sprouting multiculturali sm has been facing, although their nature may differ. They have to constantly be ar the full pressure of naturally disruptive instinctive forces of human nature. The force that challenges any singularity of identity for an individual is the pull his various identities have on him as the spheres of the person’s existence r ise from personal to more social levels of existence. Cultures of various socio-religious, ethnic, language and caste groups differ to a very large extent, as is natural. The idea of nationality is comparatively ne w in front of the herding instinct of primates, especially human beings. They te nd to divide themselves along the lines of “us” and “them’ based on the criteria they fi nd suitable and profitable. It is this assertion of identity and the feeling of safety among those they consider safely similar that makes multiculturalism a tr icky state to attempt. Not so strangely, the solution to the problem lies in the nature of the problem itself. Modernism deprived man of his unshakeable faith in God. Religion, in a w ay that Arnold had foreseen, was replaced by culture. Culture provides the much needed succor to humanity I general and it is this very fact wherein lies the so lution. The dialectic of the identity of an individual and multiculturalism imp osed or originating from within will be gradually resolved by the widening of th e dimensions of the human sphere of “us”, including the acceptance of those who are different at some insubstantial level, in order to achieve unity at the macro le vel of a multicultural nation state. As the postmodern distrust of one dominant narrative(read culture) recommends, the more the diversity, the better will be t he chances for the diverse groups balancing and counterbalancing until the socie ty gains equilibrium of multiculturalism. “Vive la difference

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