September 3, 2009
it's induction in the preamble to our constitution.
After the 42nd amendment act 1976, secularism became a part of the basic structure of our constitution. But the irony here is that
religious polarisation grew more acute after the insertion of "secularism" in preamble. This religious fanaticism and polarisation can be attributed to the fact that political parties in their quest for the chunk of minority vote bank went too far ahead with the word 'secular'. To be more forthright, aggressive minoritism started being endorsed under the banner of secularism.
This is where the plant of resentment began sprouting in the majority voters camp not wooed at by the opportunistic politician. Here was a platform beautifuly set for a new breed of politicians looking to cash in on the gloom, aggravating the problem further. These were the factors leading India to a state of affairs where religion and politics are not exclusive and even do not seem to free from each other in the near future.
This very same pathetic scenario continues and to our distress,with even greater vigour. Political groups on the pretext of being branded secular are overzealously polarising the society. This is for all of us to see that the term "secularism" in Indian politics is no more than an euphemism for "minoritism". In simpler words minoritism is to a large extent, mistaken for secularism by our politicians and even an equally misled lot.