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S – Secularism | #AtoZChallenge

S – Secularism | #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z

We witnessed one of the most barbaric acts of terror in the recent past yesterday in Sri Lanka. The ones who were present in a church and met death; their only crime was that they practiced a specific faith, which wasn’t acceptable to some followers of other faith. This was fuelled by not love towards their religion but hate against all the other. No religion teaches that but sadly this ideology doesn’t suit anyone.

When I was in school, I was taught how, which and when was the words added in the Indian constitution. Secular was added to the constitution in 1976 by the 42nd amendment but those who claim to know the 5000-year-old history of this land would unanimously agree that the land was secular in its virtues ever since.

Read also: What if there was no religion.

Oxford dictionary defines,

Secular as, ‘Not connected with religious or spiritual matters.’

Secularism as ‘The principle of separation of the state from religious institutions.’

The sad reality is that in India most of its politics founds a foundation in religion and when religion begins to exhaust then caste system takes over.

Discrimination is everywhere; in some places, it is on the basis of your skin, in some on the basis of language, in some on the basis of religion and in some on the basis of how much wealth you hoard. So what should be done – shall the countries be made on the basis of religions? I am sure the ones already formed on the backdrop of religion; the citizens are still discriminated with one tool or another.

The spineless and toothless EC continuously begs not to bring in religious context during public speeches but each and every speech is spewing hate on the name of religion. This time they have started even threatening the public – that if they won’t vote for them then they will have to face consequences. Don’t think I am blaming only the ruling party. Each and every candidate is a perpetrator. The best solution is since we can’t stop them for doing this, to remove the words like secular and democratic from the constitution, which the ruling party anyway wants to do.

The idea of nationalism and patriotism isn’t bad, but the idea of nationalism based on one religion is dangerous. It is often (read always) propagated through the machinery of hate.

Every party when comes to power begins to paint the city in their color but this time around the coloring of institutes, public transport, and government offices in a single particular color was on an all different level. When you continuously preach, ‘Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas’ and at the same time aren’t even open to accepting any other faith or ideology then it literally exposes the shallowness.

All the developmental promises that were made; on which you rode to the power galleries of New Delhi are now nowhere in discussion. All you feel, hear and see is hate, hate and hate.

How ironic it is that for some their religious identity because of their birth in a certain family becomes the reason for a lifetime of miseries.

As former vice president Hamid Ansari pointed out about the current regime, ‘Religious pluralism will be tolerated (but not accepted) but cultural pluralism will not.’ That is what the current dispensation is out to do.

Let’s go by their logic and for a moment consider that, Hinduism is the greatest religion, then by sensible reasoning, it should not have been defeated on so many instances in the past. Have the Hindus or the so-called upper caste Hindus gave a thought why so many people got converted? It was only and only because of discrimination and atrocities against them.

For the sake of discussion and not to demean any particular person or religion, there are a lot of things that are done and contributed by some minority – Would the so-called best religion and its flag bearers take up those tasks as well? I am sure they would not otherwise slavery would have never existed.

When a Hindu girl marries anyone of other religion, you tag it as ‘Love Jihad.’ Let me buy that argument for a moment; so what you are saying is that the girl didn’t marry for love but was misguided and in a way hypnotized to marry. In other words aren’t you saying that the girl is so ‘dumb’ that she cannot think for herself? If the girl is a Hindu, then as per you she should be the most intelligent creature on the planet…right!

When you compare with our neighbors that they are a state with a declared official religion, then you need to compare what has been their growth in each and every respect. All their focus is on proving that their majoritarian religion is the greatest.

I know this is a pessimistic view of the future but over the years observing how things are shaping and how the mainstream public is endorsing and getting convenient with the idea of hate – the first thing that the world would be devoid of will be ‘Morals’ and ‘Ethics’ since the thing that originated to comfort is the only reason for their miseries. I am afraid it will all come in the name of God and religion.

Then at the same time, you see some hope when a collective of 1.24 lakh students in Kerala chose to skip the caste and religion column. However, I am sure, they will be collectively discriminated as atheists.

A friend commented on a post that he will still support the current regime to get another term and then ended up the conversation congratulating me to take up this theme in such ‘charged’ times. All I had to reply was ‘read your comment slowly and you will find the irony lying naked’.

For all those who believe all religions are equal,

For all those who believe only their religion is great,

For all those who believe there should be no religion,

And

For all those who believe in secularism…

It’s not a goodbye,

But it’s a GOOD BYE.

Manas ‘Sameer’ Mukul

This is the 19th post for the #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z. My theme in Politics Category is ‘IPL – Indian Parliamentary League’, where I would be covering some relevant issues with the General Elections 2019 through the course of 26 posts.

Read the previous post here: IPL – Indian Parliamentary League

Please do visit tomorrow for the next post with letter ‘T’

I am also taking part in the #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z using another theme –‘Dubai – City of Gold‘. If you love travel head over to the Travel Theme and share your feedback.

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H – Hindutva | #AtoZChallenge

H – Hindutva | #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z

Hindutva is defined as, ‘An ideology seeking to establish the hegemony of Hindus and the Hindu way of life’ as per the Oxford dictionary. The current ruling party is synonymous with it. In fact, their rise to power was on the basis of Hindutva. A Supreme Court 1995 judgment defined Hindutva as “a way of life and not a religion”.

People like Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, K. B. Hedgewar and Syama Prasad Mukherjee popularized the term. It became the ideological base of organizations like RSS, VHP, Hindu Mahasabha and Hindu Sena. The lucidity of their idea lies in the fact that they think Hindus were the original inhabitants of this land.

Who were the original inhabitants of this land? The answer lies in the current fabric of India. Many reports and theories suggest that Dravidians were the original inhabitants. The Hindutva idealists would say that Aryans were the first. But didn’t the first chapter in our school history class was that one of the reasons why Indus Valley civilization was killed because of the migration of Aryans.

There is genetic evidence that suggests that the original habitats of India were some tribal and adivasis. Rest each and every person found on this land is a descendant of some old migrant from various parts of the world.

I often hear that we have never attacked or invaded any country…that may be true…but don’t say that our religion is free of violence. Even the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata are full of violence and war.

Rather than finding out fallacies in other religions why don’t we first look inside and see what our teaching are and are we following it to the fullest? Weren’t things like ‘untouchability’ and ‘sati system’ given preference on the name of religion? But with time, education and protest, they were abolished. I sometimes think what outrage Raja Ram Mohan Roy would have faced in that era.

Making people like Yogi the poster boy of Hindutva is realistically and statistically detrimental to the society. Coining terms like ‘Love Jihad’ would definitely get you more votes but it thrashes the practical reality.

I don’t know how many of you know this – People like Subramanian Swamy who speak so much in favor of Hindutva forgot to teach the concept in his own family. His son in law is Nadeem Haider. I am all in favor of her daughter’s choice but then he should only preach what he practices.

I have witnessed the massacre that happened during the Babri Masjid demolition. Who does it help? For years the emotions and sentiments attached to the temple have been used by the ruling party for their electoral gains.

On the issue of Ram temple, they say that they will follow the top courts’ directions but on the other hand on the issue of ‘Sabrimala’ they give precedence to faith. Frankly, they follow the strategy that will get them more votes in that particular region.

By instilling the fear in the hearts of common masses that Hindus are under threat – they continue to commit and justify atrocities against the minorities and Dalits. 82% of the overall population is of Hindus and still, they want us to believe that we are under threat. I dare them to declare India as a Hindu state and they will come to know the real fabric of India.

Don’t forget that this strategy only works where there are people of other religion. The moment it shifts to Hindu majority places, their strategy shifts to upper caste and lower caste. It was these brutalities committed on these minorities and lower caste people that forced them to convert and seek solace in other religions. I would be blunt here, but if your concept and methods were so correct then why did even one Hindu leave and embrace the other religions.

For years I have been hearing that foreigners have ruled us for the last 1000 years. What they don’t teach and create awareness about is that barring the last 70 years the concept of India included current Pakistan as well as Bangladesh. Nepal and Afghanistan were formed during the 18th century, before that they were also the part of India.

Even in the current government, there is a trend to ‘saffronize’ everything down south. From traffic boards to road milestones…from billboards to government hoardings, things are being repainted using Hindi. Imagine what difficulty it causes an illiterate person traveling on the road, which is only aware of their regional language. The hypocrisy is that we would patronize a foreign language like English but would simply hate our own languages.

To be honest, without offending anyone, given the rise in the number of hate crimes on the name of religion and caste – it is believed that Hinduism is the oldest religion. That means if Hinduism wouldn’t have found roots the other religions would have never followed suit and the process to prove their superiority would have never begun. Just a thought!

The ‘Varna System’ was formed on the basis of what ‘work’ people did in society. My understanding of it is that it was or should have been horizontal where everybody was equal and was divided only on the class of work but unfortunately the ones who were making it wanted to place them on the top and hence the vertical understanding of the system percolated.

No true human forget Hindu would have taken sides with the rapists of a girl child irrespective of her religion. That is where it is really dangerous. Did anyone hear the condemnation from the PM or the top ruling leaders of the government.

If the previous PM was abused for taking orders from a certain family then everyone knows to which office in Nagpur the current PM bows down to. It is no one’s job to tell what a person should wear, eat, follow and marry to.

Nobody questions, which side they are actually on – They themselves are confused whether to go with Mahatma or Godse.

I pity those people who on the name of religion are ready to kill. No religion teaches that and if you do that then you know no religion. Even during the times when this land was getting formed, the fabric of the soul was secular. Let’s keep it that way.

For all those who are against hate,

For all those who believe everyone is equal,

For all those who don’t side with this ideology,

And

For all those who are flag bearers of Hindutva…

It’s not a goodbye,

But it’s a GOOD BYE.

Manas ‘Sameer’ Mukul

This is the 8th post for the #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z. My theme in Politics Category is ‘IPL – Indian Parliamentary League’, where I would be covering some relevant issues with the General Elections 2019 through the course of 26 posts.

Read the previous post here: IPL – Indian Parliamentary League

Please do visit tomorrow for the next post with letter ‘I’

I am also taking part in the #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z using another theme –‘Dubai – City of Gold‘. If you love travel head over to the Travel Theme and share your feedback.