Shaping Pluralistic Cohesive Societies
Authors: Mike Mohamed Ghouse
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This paper aims to prepare an individual to function effectively in a constantly changing
multi-faith, multi-cultural, multi-racial, multi-ethnic, and multi-everything society with
minimum conflicts. Pluralism is a new subject with a focus on its effect on different
aspects of life in building cohesive societies where no one has to live in apprehension
or fear of the other.
Pluralism means respecting the otherness of others in religion, culture, politics, and
the workplace. You may see people of different faiths, races, cultures, and ethnicities
interacting, working, studying, intermingling, playing, and marrying each other.
A decade from now, you may not see the monopoly of a race or cultural groups in
the workplace, place of worship, school, bus, train, theater, library, or other public
These interactions between people not familiar with each other’s culture lend
themselves to misunderstandings and are bound to create conflicts.
As responsible members of society, we must prepare ourselves to prevent possible
challenges and lay a foundation for the effective functioning of institutions where
every human feels secure about his faith, race, ethnicity, culture, language, political or
sexual orientation, or any other uniqueness.
Exclusive communities will become a thing of the past. If you live amidst others, you
should also respect the otherness of others, as you expect them to do the same for