But this compulsion must not be mistaken for a dictate. Respect for diversity not only embodies the democratic spirit, it is the real guarantee of unity. It is not so much a question of defending or preserving the existing secular character of the Indian polity, but rather a need to create and build a secular polity in the nation. As Christianity and Islam are transnational religions, they have got international economic and political connections. Individuals have rights; ideas do not.
Unlike Muslims in Tamil Nadu, Andhra and Karnataka who speak Urdu and local language, Kerala Muslims speak only Malayalam. With the communication and information revolution, the glaring inequalities in other cultures also came into light. The two terms belong to the medieval era and are hallmark of the fanatics and the crusaders. The acceptance of situational ethics does away with moral absolutes and dictates that there are no limits, no values, no real standards. Let us instead concentrate our efforts at making India a powerful and progressive nation. These groups quickly mushroomed and poisoned the social space with communal rhetoric and the agenda of Hindu Rashtra; and launched an ideological, social and political onslaught on secular ethos, syncretic culture and composite nationalism.
Since Muslims are being thought synonymous to fundamentalism; therefore the assertion that the Indian state is appeasing fundamentalists in the name of secularism. For some secularism relegates the religion to the backyard. A look back over the communal incidents over the past five, decades shows a steadily growing scheme among the fanatics who carried the religious standard but in fact, was having political ambition. Large sectors of the population do not hold, or practise, religious beliefs. In that sense, the govt.
But at present, the youth among backward and scheduled castes in Kerala are mostly concerned about present day discriminations rather than discriminations in the past which are misinterpreted to suit the interests of some groups now. Sayeed, boycotted the unveiling of the portrait in February 2003. Over the past seventy years, this system has served us well. But all governments give them reservation in jobs, in educational institutions, financial aid to widows, low interest loans, pensions to teachers of their religious schools etc, many of which are not available to even scheduled castes. Recent Posts December 6, 2018 December 1, 2018 December 1, 2018 November 24, 2018 November 24, 2018. I do not believe that India is the only country to struggle in balancing religion and politics.
For example, someone who enjoys school prayer may not see the problem with it being imposed on others. In the process, it has to oppose and struggle against the clergy and vested forces in the society. If we are to be a nation that welcomes and protects people of all faiths and none, we must continue along the path of secularism and pluralism, rather than harking back to an imagined Christian past. If you are secular you cannot put your religion to the fore. Even the most ardent exponent of the term differs on its meanings. The vested interests are now using this phenomenon of mirage as a magic wand for political gains and popularity among minorities. We should all welcome the judgment.
Rise of Terrorism and Backlash against appeasement of minorities from Hindus. How we should respond to different forms or examples of privilege also differs. Secularism introduces science, technology and rationalism in the society and forms the basis of a modern secular state. If there is any way Indian secularism can be defined, then this must be the way. It wasn't initially, as per constitution, but Indira Gandhi inserted this clause into constitution during emergency. They are looking outside the village and getting involved with the issues and ideas that have a reach beyond the village.
And free choice on individual level. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Oneindia website. Such third party cookies may track your use on Oneindia sites for better rendering. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Indian secularism, once thought to be non-negotiable, is beginning to look shaky now. Media also toed an anti Hindu culture line in social issues and thus the available information was selective and against Hindu culture. Bui these are not the only reason for hamstringing the induction of secularism into the Indian polity, there are other and more potent reasons too.
To get around privilege blindness we need empathy. Secularism ensures that the right of individuals to freedom of religion is always balanced by the right to be free from religion. Both the elements are not only the enemy of the Indian polity with religious diversity which incidentally is still the most stable polity in the Third World Countries, but also destroyer of the hard won freedom by the Indians. India being a traditional society that contains not one, but many traditions owing their origin in part to the different religions that exist here, has so far managed to retain the secular character of its polity. The battle of secularism and democracy has also to be fought at the grass root levels where a set ideals generating strong idealism is required to mobilize and prepare the masses for struggle. A goal for a polity with diverse religious identities, cultural entities and lingual prolificacy.
Historically, religion has played a key role in maintaining governments within India. Christianity is one major influence among many that shape our current ways of life. Secularism has multiple meanings and interpretations. The State has nothing to do with it. Terror groups in Kerala float frontal organisations and acquire huge assets.
You cannot fool everyone forever. On the face of it the debate will appear to be an open and shut case. In the process, the party embarrassed a large section within its own ranks, even as it sent out a confused signal to the minorities while holding an iftaar party after a gap of two years. With secularism that insists on the inalienable rights of the citizens and a due process of law, it will be easier to mount public pressure against sectarian killers and those who promote hatred. Such a dictate is patently contrary to the fundamental concept of secularism. For this the government will have to introduce policies, which are targeted at specific regions or communities.