Sunday, February 27, 2005

Secularism in India - a Thought

Secularism has become so a word common in Indian politics that non-secular almost comes synonymous to BJP. Don’t be scared, this is not a political writing.

This word has been corrupted to the core by politicians, that common man confounds and refers to dictionary for the correct meaning. In short, abusing Hindus, taking part in Itfar celebrations, greeting Christians has been construed as it’s meaning by Indian politicians at least. Sadly, even the press has become a part of it and even sad is that they play a mojor role in giving an idea to the common public in India.

Situation in India is so unique. No other country in the world has publicly declared itself as secular. No other country in the world has this much mix of people belonging to various communities. No other country in the world gives special extras for being a part of minority community. As far as the first two are concerned, no Indian citizen regrets. We are broad enough to accept Christians and Muslims as our equals. We are broad enough to accept their different pattern of life. This may sound harsh to most but it is true that it requires some tolerance to accept people from different community as one among us. We did it. But politicians differentiate among equals. There comes the divide.

I am secular. Does it mean that I have to go to mosque or be happy when my poor Hindu brothers are converted to Christians? Secularism means allowing others to practice and preach their own religion within limits. Unfortunately, the whole definition is almost forgotten in India.

The fear is so much among Indian politicians that in Godhra issue where a bogey containing Hindu travelers was burnt, no political party, except BJP and AIADMK condemned it. They feared that their secular image would get spoiled if they condemn this act.

As a Hindu I am concerned about two issues. First is growing cowardice of Indian politicians and second is the rate at which the deprived Hindus are converted into Christians. It is not because of politicians, but because of industrialists and self driven educated youths India has grown to this extent. Politician’s cowardice will create no new damage to our country. Second one is really a major problem. It is sad fact that few Christian missionaries have taken it their major duty to convert Hindus and this act is not condemned to the required extent. When few like Jayalalitha pass anti conversion law, again these bone less politicians shout just to show that they are secular. It is miserable that she was not brave enough to ignore this barking. She repealed the law fearing that this could bring her political crush.

In short an anti Hindu is secular in India. Press emphasizes the same fact. More than half the Hindus believe this campaign. The more educated and more sophisticated they are, less religious they become. They think twice before wearing a religious mark. Not that their belief is vanished. But they have started thinking that being religious is not fashionable. They have started doing religious duties discreetly.

I am one among few Indian citizens who hope that things will change shortly and Hindus will be happy for being one. I still honestly believe that politicians will change and will make India truly a secular country. I still believe that being Hindu will not be seen as blight. May be this blog is a slight exaggeration, but not untrue.


Blogger Prabu Karthik said...

Thats optimism.
But christians and other communities know how to market their religion better.
Even Tsunami is an opportunity not to be missed.

Hinduismla ellame irukku. But hindu madham rombo naal irukkuma?
i don't know.

Sunday, May 01, 2005 5:22:00 AM  
Blogger fieryblaster said...

Hinduism is a way of life and this conversion game cannot destroy it. What I really worry is the growing tolerance.

Sunday, May 01, 2005 10:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Gauri khandekar said...

Considering Hinduism in your essay itself shows that you are not secular, because secularism means 'regard over religion'.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005 10:54:00 PM  
Blogger fieryblaster said...

i am no politician to vow that i have regard for other religions. for me, hinduism stands first. anyone who speaks or works against it is viewed by me as no less than a terrorist(if he belongs to other religion) or an invertebrate worm (if he is a hindu). i am secular to tolerate non hindus. i am secular enough to understand that they too exist in our society.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005 12:00:00 AM  

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