Haryana is one of the 29 states of India and is situated in northern part of India. The name “Haryana” is comprises of two Sanskrit words; Hari means God and Ayana means home, therefore Haryana means the home of God. Over the years the state has been the center of criticism and often known for its low sex ratio, inflexible social norms, honored killings as well as violent social movements. Even though these are the major challenges that both government as well as society needs to address, there still remains some valuable lessons that the state has taught to rest of India as well as the world. In this article we will uncover those lessons, for which we always be indebted to them.
Lesson 1: The Art of Survival.
Survival is perhaps the most valuable lesson that Haryana has taught to rest of India. Since ancient time Haryana has been the center of violent battles. This place has survived though Mahabharata, Islamic invasion as well as British domination. This could possibly the reason for Haryana to follow the notion of conservatism. It is understandable for a society that has been through such a violent history, to be male oriented, to have inflexible social norms as well as to have high degree of resistance towards the changes. Therefore these barriers can not be certified as regressive mindset of society, perhaps cultural protectionism would be a more accurate term define present Haryana with an objective of self-defense.
Even though the drawbacks in cultural practices of Haryana has an explanation, it still remains unjustifiable as per modern definitions of humanity. Perhaps this is another battle that Haryana is fighting and the only difference is that, this time it’s not about existence but for advancement. With experience of past and with tremendous will to survive, Haryana will one day conquer this challenge as well and thus teaching us the art of survival.
Lesson 2: Sense Of Pride.
Even in modern times with promotion of individualism and growing influence of foreign culture, Haryana remains rooted with their own traditional values. Unlike most of India, inferiority complexion among the people from Haryana is very low. They seems to be carrying a sense of pride and as a result they despite being very small in numbers remains influential in areas of their settlement.
Their sense of pride can easily be seen in expressing their views in their native language even in public domain, their adherence to traditional attire especially among elder generation and last but not the least the value of cows especially in Jaat community even after centuries remains the same.
Lesson 3: Patriotism.
Looking at the current scenario of India, with unification and rise of Anti – Indian forces, this is perhaps a very significant lesson that we all should learn from Haryana. We should always remember that we all enjoy our freedom and able to exercise our rights provided by the biggest democracy in the world, but this is only possible as there are people who defending our dearest nation from every possible foreign threats. Haryana despite being just 3 crore in population is constantly being among the top states to serve for military and armed forces. Even though army is solely associated with nation not with states but the contribution of Haryana is significant and worth to be highlighted. Therefore it can be certified as a lesson for rest of India.
Lesson 4: Value of Joint Family.
In a post globalized world with development of communicating service and expansion in opportunities, there has been a tremendous growth in migration of people. This trend of migration especially for work along with growing generation gaps made in this fast-moving word, the concept of Joint family being abandoned rapidly. This however is not the case with people of Haryana, they still have firm believe in the strength of Joint Family.
At this point one might argue that, for the concept of joint family to be certified as a lesson it must have a higher benefit as compared to that of nuclear or no family. It is to be noted that the value system will always remain a debatable question and a matter of individual choice. There is however no denying the fact that Joint family is more beneficial for the development of moral values as well as emotional stability. Therefore looking at these benefits which the modern world clearly lacking, the value of Joint Family can be certified as a lesson from Haryana.
Lesson 5: Healthy Lifestyle.
In present world with growing pollution, industrialization of food materials along with lack of exercises, the overall health of people especially living in urban areas are on a constant decline. This result not only in huge healthcare expenditure and early deaths but most importantly poor quality of life. Therefore there is an immediate requirement for us to implement the concept of health is wealth in our daily life.
In this context Haryana could served as a source of inspiration. Haryana’s performance when it comes to health can easily be seen in Human development Index. The HDI of Haryana despite having low resource base and lack of healthcare facilities along with social discrimination, is well above national average. This is probably the outcome of food sources which include richest quality milk all over the world along with agriculture labor and sports culture made population of state comparatively more healthy. People in Haryana tend to live longer and have a quality of life not only in terms of physical health but also in term of mental and emotional stability. Thus another great lesson that Haryana taught to rest of India.