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Problems unite us, Religion divides us
After having been shortlisted on the basis of analytical skills in entrance exams , you will tested for communication skills, attitudinal skills  and all MBA aspirants will have to undergo with Group Discussion( GD ) which is  very crucial part of MBA selection process.
Read on GD Burning topic: Problems unite us, Religion divides us
It is true that when human beings face problems, they come together despite their differences. As the phrase goes, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”, if two parties have a common enemy, they can work with each other to resolve their problems. 
In October 2013, Cyclone Phailin hit Andhra Pradesh and Odisha and caused immense damage. When such a calamity befell India, people of India came forward to help their fellow citizens. 
Funds started pouring in from all parts of India and many organisations such as the ISKCON Food Relief Foundation and Google came forward to offer their help – the ISKCON Food Relief Foundation distributed food to the victims and Google set up a Crisis Response team to assist the Indian government in its rescue and rehabilitation missions. 
It is sad to note that only when problems arise do people show care and concern to their fellow citizens; under normal circumstances, one only witnesses apathy. In this day and age, some people are so money-minded that “unity” does not exist in their dictionaries. 
In fact, they believe in the saying “every man for himself”. In view of the increasing population, India’s list of environmental problems seems to be growing with each passing day; yet, people seem to be nonchalant of the impact of their activities on the environment.
In Indian cities, we witness the indiscriminate disposal of waste on land and in water. People are not willing to work together to solve this problem and they push the blame on the government. 
So, it is evident from the aforementioned points that it is not in all circumstances that people stand united. Only when people feel the impact of some problem do they come together to solve it, in the case of Cyclone Phailin. The destruction caused by Cyclone Phailin was evident, which is why people stood united. 
However, the impact of environmental issues is not clear to everyone; we see figures being published on how polluted our air is but we do not feel the impact, which is why we do not feel compelled to help one another or stand united in this cause.
Throughout history, we have seen instances of religion dividing people and uniting people too. However, more often than not, we hear the negative side of the story where people face discrimination on the basis of religion. 
Recently, an article was published on the discrimination that Muslims face in Ahmedabad. A private school - R. H. Kapadia New High School – located in a posh locality, denied admission to a Muslim girl because of her religion. 
There is also a huge difference in the amenities provided to Hindu and Muslim neighbourhoods in Gujarat. It has been reported that Muslim ghettos lack sewerage lines and water supply. However, just adjacent to the Muslim neighbourhood is a Hindu neighbourhood called Dharmabhoomi Society, where all amenities and services are provided.
It is sad to note that despite such progress that the nation has made in other sectors, there are some people who are narrow-minded and continue to discriminate people along the lines of religion.
This is just one side of the story. The fact that India is home to a number of religions – Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and Buddhism, to name a few – speaks volume about how Indians respect people of various faiths. India, a secular society, has made amendments to the Constitution of India, to ensure that people of all faiths are given their due rights.
Today, majority of the schools in India admit students of all faiths and there is no discrimination in the workforce too. In addition, as a form of respect to Islamic practices, the Indian government has allowed Indian Muslims to be governed by the Sharia-based Muslim Personal Law.
This is proof that although religion is seen as a hindrance in some parts of India, majority of the citizens of India have moved past this narrow mindset and stand united despite differences in their faiths and religious practices.
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