Thursday, April 2, 2009
Secularism-Myths & Reality!
For years i have been reading a lot of stuff regarding communalism and secularism and candidly have not been able to decipher what it takes to be a real communal or an authentic secularist.To make matters worse, every newspaper or party has different set of norms to be categorized in to these two categories.but most of them concur on one thing that to be declared a real secular or if put differently, that to be demonised as communal, one ought to take sides with minorities without any exception.This is something which is a must to pass the litmus test of being a secular, and very few who do not accept this definition automatically qualify to the second category, no exception or flexibility granted here as well.So here i am nonplussed regarding my own standing as to which category i belong to! I have my own set of norms for these above mentioned categories and if applied, i am a non- conformist who do want to be grinded between these very narrow and shallow definitions.first,what is more important, being secular and indulging in all sort of illicit activities ranging from hoarding uncountable money to harbouring criminals or being communal and giving development issues a priority and staying honest.Given a chance i would choose later over former any day any time.Hey at least wait for this post to be completed before declaring me communal.I am not going to defend indefensible as most of you might have made it out from my aforementioned sentences, a resounding no to you all, if my initial lines have given you this impression. I am not here to justify innocent killings irrespective of their religion or cause of their killing.Nor this author will ever try to indulge in such irrational views.I would liketo channelise my energy and positivity towards constructing something productive,if i can in any which way. For me, such categorization does not do any good to the society, instead it divides the society in to pro and anti communities.And this makes the situation much more intricate than ever before.sorry for diverging from main issue, i am getting back on the track to continue with the thought i commenced.What perplexes and irks me most is the way when these categories are used to deliver and cow maximum benefits.And when all else is forgotten conveniently to suit their own ends leaves me exasperated.Is this the same country which would have conceived at the time of independence by those who made the dream of free India a reality.If they were alive today, would have felt egregiously shameful for the kind of country it has been made in to, a place full of chaos, disorder and darkness.Hope no freedom fighter is alive to witness such an ignominious state of affairs.I have problem with those who profess secularism for the sake of it, just to garner minority vote,they will stoop to any lowly act,be it supporting SIMI or Jama masjid's shahi imam Bukhari(who once called Bharat mata a Dayan).Is this the real secularism our freedom fighters thought of? We have 20 crores Muslims in our country, only second to Indonesia in terms of sheer number. we have had Muslims leading us in almost every walk of life from movies to politics to sports to singers.but inspite of this we have to prove our secular credentials before failures such as Pakistan, Bangladesh and myriad others.Why? Because we are a Hindu majority nation, so majority would have to make sacrifices just to prove their secular credentials! this really makes a mockery of a nation which is the most secular nation in the world.We feel ashamed of Godhara Riots, which is natural, but to make it larger than what it was, is as questionable as questioning our secular credentials. Pakistan is a Muslim State, yet sectarian clashes are a day-to-day phenomenon there despite their being a Muslim nation? The likelihood of strifes where there are several communities residing along is natural, not as if India is an exception. Tell me a single country which is blot-free in this regard, yet western countries do pose questions on this facet of our democracy! I find it risible that we have to prove our credentials before such countries who are involved in genocides, massacres and carnages themselves.U.S.A., a country which itself has very opprobrious human rights record, rejects Narendra Modi visa application on the basis of 2002 riots during his tenure. What human rights are they talking about, when they have killed more than 1 million people in Iraq in the name of WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION(which were never there in the first case). Do they have the right to ask anything regarding human rights from us? a HUGE NO as far as i am concerned.do we need to prove our secular bona fides to such countries, who themselves are neck-deep in the violation of human rights! inspite of their sorry state of affairs, they play the role of judge which is laughable as well as non sensical.If something is bad, we can repair it or improve upon by ourselves, but we do not need models, which are flawed and warped.One more thing which i have not comprehanded yet is the reiteration of almost all parties about their secular records and their pledge not to support COMMUNAL BJP, and this can be seen in the manner they ask voters to save country by not casting their votes for BJP.And this is also evident when they readily agree to support a party, which once was their prime enemy in pre poll scenario, just to SAVE THE COUNTRY FROM THIS MENACE CALLED BJP! these kind of non-sensical and irrational things make me laugh as this above mentioned scenario puts development on the back burner just to SAVE COUNTRY being ruled by COMMUNALS! If one has never seen a foe turning in to a friend, one can see this by being an active observer of Indian elections(Pre and Post both). It will certainly make one marvel at sudden change of hearts after the declaration of results which is nothing sort of miracle.