Today is the International Day for Tolerance . It is observed on 16 November annually to raise awareness about the importance of tolerance in society and to make people understand the negative effects of intolerance in our lives.
According to UNESCO’s 1995 Declaration of Principles on Tolerance “Tolerance is respect, acceptance, and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human”.
Tolerance is one such quality that is considered as the bedrock of society. Due to globalisation, people of different backgrounds, cultures, and faith live together. Therefore, to establish tolerance and harmony is an important factor.
Tolerance should be mutual. Tolerance helps in personal development by opening yourself to listen to others and their ways of thinking.
Tolerant behaviour does not necessarily mean that you should compromise your principles or unwillingly accept other’s ideas. We have to keep in mind that it is a fundamental human right.