the Politics of Religion, Caste and Secularism


  • He was without a doubt a poor kid from a regressive standing in the recent Travancore State (now part of the Kerala state) in pre freedom India. In spite of the fact that poor, he was persistent and clever and other people who thought about his family foundation raised their eyebrows when he scored the most elevated stamps in the then Travancore College both for History and English Writing. That the kid could win such trees in spite of the reality he was frequently requested that remain on a seat or toward the side of the classroom as a result of his inability to pay charges on time shows the internal resolve of the promising youth. 

  • The Dewan of Travancore, Sir C.P. Ramaswai Iyer summoned him one day and let him know that he would send him to Oxford, however later, to the stun of the kid, the Dewan pulled back his offer and offered him an occupation in the Legislature. The adolescent was puzzled by the sudden change in the state of mind of the Dewan, yet spoiled mettle to ask him: "Sir, would you be able to give me work as a teacher? The Dewan was irate, slammed the collector and let him know: "all things considered leave your address and points of interest with my own collaborator". It unfolded on the youthful applicant that the way that he was a Dalit came in his direction. 

  • It was a long trip for him from a remote town in Travancore that experienced a few whirlpools and swirls until the general population of India introduced him as the President of India on July 25, 1997. Mr. K.R. Narayanan turned into the President of India not on the grounds that he was a Dalit. A researcher and an incredible negotiator like him would have turned into the President of India regardless of the possibility that he had no position name. The government officials in India appreciate specifying the station mark regardless of the possibility that an individual is qualified for a high position by righteousness of his sheer capacity. Station is only a mischance. 

  • In like manner, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is the President of India by goodness of being an extraordinary researcher. The way that he is a Muslim is auxiliary. Yet, the purported "secularists" in our nation take pride in the way that "even our Leader is a Muslim", Our Head administrator is Sikh". 

  • By steady mishandle because of government officials "secularism" has ended up doublethink in bad faith. One must ponder whether there are any certifiable supporters of secularism in our nation! 

  • Religions of the world: Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism-are extraordinary restricting strengths. They see humankind andtheir originators and heroes stress congruity among all and peace on earth. In any case, we have lost both with individuals mixing up religious amicability for devotion. 

  • Hindus and Muslims who have been living for a considerable length of time as friendly neighbors in the Indian subcontinent played into the wily hands of English government officials who thought it was the best arrangement to leave both the groups with blades attracted on the off chance that they needed to stop India. The vivisection of the subcontinent saw one of the most noticeably awful bloodbaths in history and one of the best departures. A similar situation unfurled in West Asia a couple of months after the fact when the Western government officials cut out Israel from Palestine. So was made the second religious express the first being Pakistan, a state solely for Muslims Rest is history. 

  • Furthermore, neither the subcontinent nor the West Asia lived in peace from there on, on account of the legislators who culminated the specialty of isolating individuals and stirring he coals of enduring ill will for the sake of religion. 

  • Gandhiji was an extraordinary Hindu, yet he regarded every other religion. Like incredible individuals before him, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Swami Vivekananda, Master Nanak Dev, Sant Kabir, he viewed all religions as various ways to a similar objective. "My religion is Hinduism which, for me, is Religion of humankind... I am being directed to different religions through Truth and Peacefulness. i.e., cherish in the broadest sense. We are all flashes of Truth. I am being driven closer to it by steady petition." He had confidence in no authoritative opinion or ceremonies. Wherever you will be, you hear the resound: "Ragupati Raghava... Ishwar Allah Tero Nam!" Gandhiji exemplified secularism. For he was no government official. 

  • In a survey of the book, Admissions of a Common Fundamentalist by Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar, the famous history specialist K.N. Panikhar says: "The mainstream routine of political gatherings, especially people with significant influence, has been a long way from palatable. Albeit focused on the perfect of secularism there were cases in their history when they surrendered to the simple political additions from communalism. Be it the Kashmir issue or Shah Bano case or Ayodhya or the Hindu-Sikh relations the Congress Party neglected to experience the principles set by Nehru." 

  • There can't be two measuring sticks while handling or treating mutual viciousness. No gathering is qualified for wear "holier than thou" mantle. In the event that the Gujarat mobs were condemnable, similarly condemnable were the efficient slaughter of the Sikhs in 1984 plotted at by the lawmakers. What's more, none required in the killings has been rebuffed in spite of the pass of 21 years. Is there a common gathering in India? Simple lip administration would not make one common disapproved. 

  • What is secularism? Fifty-eight years on, we are as yet attempting to discover a reply. A main creator and once proofreader of a noticeable week by week, expected to be very much educated, composed this inscription in his magazine decades prior: "President V.V. Giri offering petitions at the Venkateswara Sanctuary in Tirupati. What's more, he claims to be the President of a mainstream India." As indicated by this writer, the Principal National of the nation stops to be common the minute he offers supplication as per the religion has a place with. 

  • In the most recent couple of decades, religion and position have turned into the trump cards for lawmakers to swell their vote banks. Votes are looked for brazenly for the sake of religion and station all over India. None will set out debate this claim. There is no deficiency of positions in India in various groups and government officials have no doubts in looking for votes for the sake of their rank or religions. 

  • Partisan viciousness is very normal as in Bihar where station brutality, so basic, sometimes hits features. There are voting public where competitors of a specific position or religion alone can win. Better ask any government official and he will give you a wide smile in endorsement. Casteism still guidelines the perch, with all the innovation you gloat of. An undercurrent of casteism and peddling for one group still wins in specific voting demographics. 

  • Certain, it is the obligation of the country to see that individuals who were persecuted for a considerable length of time in light of their births in positions considered as in reverse required uncommon care. This was the rationality behind reservation in training and business. With the progression of time more groups campaigned for consideration in the Other In reverse classes classification. 

  • The Mandal Commission proposals tried to be actualized amid the Executive, Mr. V.P. Singh's administration made an extraordinary hullabaloo among understudies in India as they expected this would encourage confine the _ assess work prospects for the poor understudies having a place with the purported forward groups. 

  • As of late, the Andhra Pradesh Government has chosen to present 5 percent booking for Muslims in Government employments and Government compensations. The move was censured by the Resistance on the supplication that the Legislature can't arrange Muslims as a retrogressive class and the velvety layer must be barred from the advantage. Said The Seasons of India—its publication: "It is terrible both on a fundamental level and in arrangement. It conflicts with the standard of secularism cherished in the Constitution. 

  • The Constitution does not endorse religion-based reservation. It gave reservations to SCs and STs as an extraordinary case for a constrained period. Rather than staging off reservations which militate against legitimacy and put us off guard in the period of worldwide rivalry, it is pitiful that the legislature ought to sever it to new gatherings. In doing as such the Andhra Pradesh Government-raying its obligation of appreciation to the minority group which has helped it comes back to control after numerous years." 

  • Governmental issues is diversion political gatherings will stoop to any degree to earn votes. Also, religion comes convenient in such manner. There has been booking for the Muslim people group since 1950s in Kerala and this reservation still proceeds regardless of is dubious articulation made by Mr. A.K. Antony, as Boss Clergyman a couple of years back that Muslims in Kerala are financially preferred off over Muslims in Northern India and that Muslims and Christians in Kerala are monetarily preferred off over the Hindus in the State. 

  • This announcement mixed up a hornet's home in specific areas among Christians and Muslims when all is said in done and the Central Priest was requested that withdraw the announcement. Maybe a couple intelligent people supported the Central Priest's perspective. The developing clout of the purported minority groups just underscores the requirement for reservation on the premise of financial backwardness that could help all individuals in all groups. 

  • Gandhiji envisioned an India where there is no division by uprightness of religion, rank or dialect. However, his devotees, while putting on a show to be champions of "secularism", will do everything conceivable to feed the flames of scorn as amongst groups and standings. 

  • Kissa kursi ka! Snatching power at any cost. In the event that religion, position and successive droning of the mantra "secularism" are completely fundamental, why not utilize them from time to time? Furthermore, utilize the name of Bapu at whatever point you need to commute home your point.

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