September 3, 2009

SECULARISM - Non existent

Secularism, in all practical sense is non-existent in our political establishment. It's a vague term made even more so by the vested interests and has grown on to become the most abused term since
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.

11 comments:

  1. I am greatly impressed by this blog of yours..I don't exactly have words to explain it.But I think that meaning of "SECULARISM" might not be known to our countrymen or even the politician for that matter...It is indeed an abuse to the word "SECULARISM" and I firmly believe that it should be removed as it is just being used by everyone to harm everyone.....
    Great blog again .....eagerly waiting for yours next

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  2. Thanks Dheeraj..
    My next post will be an analysis of the Secular credentials of our polticians.i.e,what the constitution demands & what our politicians deliver.Hoping ur reaction on those...!!!

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  3. I second your thoughts on this topic. I agree with Dheeraj that either the word "Secularism" should be removed from the constitution or should be implied strictly.
    Look at the major political parties in our country.Look at BJP. They have dismissed Jaswant Singh from their party.
    Why??Because he praised a person named as Md Ali Jinnah.
    Why??Because Jinnah was a muslim
    And in India we have been taught since our chilhood that the only reason for partition was Jinnah.
    Wasn't Jawahar Lal Nehru equally responsible??
    Why was Jaswant Singh's book banned in Gujarat??He has the freedom of speech & expression.There was no solid reason to ban though.
    Well equality of religion is a far off thing.People should first look to remove the caste-system!!
    But good going Anupam.Keep bringing up topics like this.

    Manish Sanil

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  4. I second your thoughts on this topic. I agree with Dheeraj that either the word "Secularism" should be removed from the constitution or should be implied strictly.
    Look at the major political parties in our country.Look at BJP. They have dismissed Jaswant Singh from their party.
    Why??Because he praised a person named as Md Ali Jinnah.
    Why??Because Jinnah was a muslim
    And in India we have been taught since our chilhood that the only reason for partition was Jinnah.
    Wasn't Jawahar Lal Nehru equally responsible??
    Why was Jaswant Singh's book banned in Gujarat??He has the freedom of speech & expression.There was no solid reason to ban though.
    Well equality of religion is a far off thing.People should first look to remove the caste-system!!
    But good going Anupam.Keep bringing up topics like this.

    Manish Sanil

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  5. Now this one came as a pleasant surprise. Good use of words & high on thinking muscles.Any topic has an element of a thousand thoughts but none from my side.
    Good job done...

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  6. yeah Sanil,the casteism in our society is an equally grave,if not a greater problem than not understanding the tenets of secular is.
    I also endorse ur view on the ouster of Jaswant Singh from BJP.

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  7. Delighted by the encouraging words of Akhil bhaiya..I will always look up tu U for ur compliments & criticism..thank U

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  8. Superb.....Wat an outstanding effort to describe the dejected condition of our so called "SECULAR" country..I am not flattering you but believe me you write to kill. I admire you as a great revolutionist. But frankly speaking I was expecting something more, something bizarre. U very rightly covered one aspect of secularism. And believe me we are no one to blame or curse the political condition of this country. We must blame ourself for this loutish use of secularism. We say we understand everything, we blame the political leaders, this is not fair. Time has come when the whole countrymen has to stand united for one country, our country for our survival.
    Anyways excellent effort. I would like to read more from you. To add to your blog for the readers who might not know where did this particular word came from, I am adding a line or two. It was first used in George Holyoake's 1896 publication English Secularism defines secularism as:
    Secularism is a code of duty pertaining to this life, founded on considerations purely human, and intended mainly for those who find theology indefinite or inadequate, unreliable or unbelievable. Its essential principles are three: (1) The improvement of this life by material means. (2) That science is the available Providence of man. (3) That it is good to do good. Whether there be other good or not, the good of the present life is good, and it is good to seek that good.

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  9. sanjeev,great information man..ur comment compliments my post on secularism..!!
    U've made my blog more informative for my readers.

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  10. very interesting, thanks

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