Most of you must have heard the word “secularism”. It’s quite common in frequent TV debates and news articles. You must have an idea of what this stands for. If not, then let me elaborate on it. Secularism stands for ‘Dharam-Nirpeksha’ meaning devoid of any religion. Some argue that it stands for ‘Sarva Dharma Sambhaav’, all religions being equal.
Historical Facts pertaining to secularism.
Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar, chairman of the drafting committee and prominent member of the constituent body, never felt the need to add the word “secular” into the Constitution. He was known, to have believed that, the soul of India has always been secular. It was only during an emergency, the word ‘secular’ had been added to the preamble of the Constitution, turning India into a “sovereign, socialist secular democratic republic” under the leadership of Indira Gandhi in 1976. The 42nd amendment that paved the way for the above-mentioned word, was being done by putting all the opposition behind bars.
Political parties and secularism.
While there are parties that look to bank on the religious sentiments of Hindus, there are also parties who try to present themselves as champions of the secular cause. It’s always fine to practice Reflex secularism in the original form but the parties, in the garb of secularism, try to create fissures in the society. A hateful description of any religious ceremony is communal. To not give deserving a person their reward based on religion is wrong. However it is unbecoming of a Prime Minister to say on the floor of the house that minorities should have first right over the resources of the country. This is a result of the ideal of equity.
The situation of Hindus:
Hindus have always been a victim of this pseudo-secularism. Coinage of term “Hindu Terror” by then Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde goes beyond absurdity. Ex-MP Chief Minister Digvijay Singh too made an attempt to draw a similarity between the Hindu organization to that of terror outfits.
Hinduism is evidently the most tolerant and liberal philosophy of life. However because of viewing it as a religion Hindus observe a strong reverence for it. That is certainly no flaw. However certain politicians for their political gains have expressed intolerance towards minority religions. And the reason could be, the majority of the Hindus don’t believe in standing up for their rights, rather than being apologetic when it comes to defending religion. This argument stems from fact that Hindus revered Ram as an ideal who despite getting bad treatment from the hands of his stepmother, on the day of his coronation, left all his sprawling kingdom to fulfill the wishes of his parents. So the point is, humility and forgiveness are in the very nature of Hinduism.
India’s political, social, and strategical space has been hijacked by the few reflex seculars. If you are wondering how, this is how. Over the years have tried to establish their own ideas and thoughts among the people. They have distorted facts, and made inconsistent historical arguments too. What facts- I cannot tell you. But they were important facts. The only fact I can declare is that they were certainly distorted, badly and cunningly distorted. They present incomplete news with biases and with much vigor as if the only thing happening in the country right now.
Its become a fashion these days to bash Hindus so as to sound cool and liberal. Young people often follow this trend. Cricketers, politicians, NGOs, Celebrity, Media houses and many people wishing Holi and Diwali but with redundant environment angles added to it. They absurdly suggest that fire crackers could kill birds. They think that plastic bags during Holi could add to pollution. However, no such environmental concerns appear while wishing Eid and other Muslim festivities.
India is the world’s largest democratic country with 67% of the 91 crore people voted in the General elections of 2019. Besides, of the total 135 crore people(According to United Nations’ Worldometer), 79% are from the Hindu community and 15% identify themselves as Muslims.
Therefore, It is high time that we should start calling spade a spade, we shouldn’t be apologetic in calling the Muslims as the second-largest majority. This is the 21st century, only by shunning religious differences and putting an end to appeasement politics, we can move forward and achieve greater heights in terms of amicability and economic progress.