Unity is strength. A united group of people can always achieve more things than a single man. That is the reason groups are formed in many fields. In ancienttimes, man used to live alone. He traveled alone and hunted single handedly. But soon he realized that if he joins hands with his fellow men, he can face many of the common dangers. Thus villages were formed which in turn developed into towns, cities and countries. In modern times also groups are formed in all fields and walks of life. We have realized that by forming unions, we can demand andachieve things in a stronger way than by standing alone. There is the story of a rich old man who had tensions. But they always quarreled with one another. The old man knew that if he died, his wealth would be squandered by the quarrelling sons. So he called them to his side and showed a bundle of ten sticks. He asked each one of them to break it into two. But however they tried, none could break the bundle. Then he untied the bundle and gave them each a stick asking them to break it, which they did easily. Thus the sons realized their foolishness and began to live in harmony. 

In a world, where cut-throat competition and increasingly higher standards are becoming a way of life, achieving excellence and success in not easy. Although achieving success has never been an easy task, these are the times when dreams of success seem far more unrealistic or difficult that what they actually are. However, today the mantra one must adopt for the attainment of success is 'teamwork and unity'.

When one works in a team, the pressure is distributed and attainment of success seems relatively easier. Success seems to come nearer and appears more realistic. Encouraging one another in a team gives additional strength to achieve the goal. As a popular saying goes "you are one when you are one and you are ten if you are with another four".

This applies to all walks of life, all professions and at all times. Though all the fingers are not alike, the power of a fist which brings the five fingers together is immense. The diversity in a group has a very positive multiplying effect on the strength of unity. This is the fact behind India emerging as a powerful nation economically and politically. This is why the Indian cricket team is being ranked among the top teams in the world. And this is precisely the reason behind the Indian corporate and the individual booking slots in the top lost of world's famous publications.

The world has witnessed the weakening of Russia with the disintegration of the erstwhile USSR. An equal match to the US in the bipolar world has now been reduced to just 'one' among the developed nations, losing out on crucial power fronts in the world political scenario. It has also seen how the European Union has emerged an economic super-power through common policy and common currency. We can also hope to see the emulation of this success of the Asian countries through a common currency, a proposal brought by our Finance Minister Mr. P. Chidambaram recently, though it might take some time to materialize.

Another recent classical examples of victory through unity is the restoration of democracy in Nepal. After four long years, Nepalease Parliament once again echoed with sounds of victory of the might of the common people. King Gyanendra's autocratic rule, which began after the bloodshed in the royal family, came to an end, when seven major political parties of the country joined hands and played a crucial role in turning the discontent of the people into a movement against the tyranny of the monarch. People refused to be cowed down by bullets and batons and many scarified. Curfews were clamped to quell protest organized by the parities but the demonstrators remained undaunted. Ultimately the king had to bow down before the unity of the people.

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