[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]T[/dropcap]he Holy Land of the Rishis, Vedas, Upanishads, ancient temples, various art forms deeply rooted in spirituality – this is the true nature and identity of Bharat, aka Hindustan and India. ‘Spirituality’ is at the root of all facets of Indian life, whether it is the birth of a child, mourning the loss of a family member, celebration of a milestone achieved or the ground breaking ceremony of a new construction project, opening of a shop every morning, prelude to a dance or music performance; a community puja or meditation in solitude.
Secularism sounds rather nice in theory. However, it does not work in the manner it is implemented in India. In fact “secularism”, as it is practiced in India, is a very anti-democracy concept. Democracy is based on individual freedom which includes that of religious and spiritual beliefs and practices. It is sheer insanity to expect citizens of a democracy to renounce their rights to beliefs, rituals and expressions of their deeply rooted faith, spirituality and religion. Democracy advocates the religious rights of each and every citizen, not just the minority or the most aggressive group.
Religious equality does not and should not mean violating the religious rights and freedom of one group at the expense of another. Religious equality definitely does not mean ridiculing, abusing, taxing or ignoring any particular group whether a minority or the majority. It is not realistic for anyone to expect a civilization with deep and rich roots to forget its true nature and appease a pseudo secular agenda to squash its spirit and identity.
Rashmi Pandey © 2017
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