Once upon a time, there was a flock of doves that flew in search of food led by their king. One day, they had flown a long distance and were very tired. The dove king encouraged them to fly a little further. The smallest dove picked up speed and found some rice scattered beneath a banyan tree. So all the doves landed and began to eat.
Suddenly a net fell over them and they were all trapped. They saw a hunter approaching carrying a huge club. The doves desperately fluttered their wings trying to get out, but to no avail. The king had an idea. He advised all the doves to fly up together carrying the net with them. He said that there was strength in unity.
Each dove picked up a portion of the net and together they flew off carrying the net with them. The hunter looked up in astonishment. He tried to follow them, but they were flying high over hills and valleys. They flew to a hill near a city of temples where there lived a mouse who could help them. He was a faithful friend of the dove king.
When the mouse heard the loud noise of their approach, he went into hiding. The dove king gently called out to him and then the mouse was happy to see him. The dove king explained that they had been caught in a trap and needed the mouse’s help to gnaw at the net with his teeth and set them free.
The mouse agreed saying that he would set the king free first. The king insisted that he first free his subjects and the king last. The mouse understood the king’s feelings and complied with his wishes. He began to cut the net and one by one all the doves were freed including the dove king.
They all thanked the mouse and flew away together, united in their strength.
Moral: When you work together, you are stronger.
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I have the privilege of giving this speech on “Unity is Strength”. It is said that “United we stand, divided we fall”.
Man is free but still he has to depend on others. One man cannot produce everything. He produces one thing and thousands of people produce other things for him. A teacher does teaching work. But who produces food and cloth and other things for him? It is an age of unity and co-operation. One cannot live without the help of others. Therefore, all men must work together. If they do not, every member of the society will become weak and poor. So, unity gives strength to every member of the society.
No home can be strong, happy and peaceful without unity. What will happen if everybody goes his own way? The family will break into pieces. One will not care for the other. They will not help each other in need. A divided house cannot face an enemy. A brother will cut the neck of his own brother. How horrible its result will be!
A society, too, cannot do without unity. Man is a social animal. He helps others, and others help him in turn. He has to depend upon his friends and neighbours. If they are united, the society will be strong. Even birds and animals show a wonderful sense of unity. Ants are very small. But when they unite, they form a strong army. You cannot break a bundle of sticks. But how easily you break them one by one!
Look at the history of India. The story of Prithviraj and Jaichand is known to everybody. They were brothers. But they lived like enemies. So, Jaichand helped the enemy of Prithviraj. What was the result? India lost her freedom. Rana Pratap, too, lost the battle of freedom in the same way. In those days, all the Indian kings fought among themselves. One did not help the other in case of attack. Therefore, they fell one after another. The history of India teaches us the lesson on the importance of unity.
Today we are firmly united. We differ from one another in many ways. But still we are all Indians. Our National Flag unites us all. We are ready to fight as a nation. The Hindus, the Muslims, the Sikhs, the Christians—all stood unitedly against, China and Pakistan. I believe that this is a new thing in the history of India. It is a great thing, indeed. But this unity is not enough. We have to work hard together in peace time as well.
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