Skip to main content

Secularism and Cows




Sensible people will keep religion in the temple or mosque or wherever their god resides.  Mediocre people will insist on carrying their god to where the angels will dread to tread.  Villains know how to subjugate others using religion and god.

Sensible people are rare in India like in most other countries.  That’s why secularism never took roots in the country though many prominent leaders like Nehru and Ambedkar would have endorsed secularism a million times over theocracy.  India was fortunate to have leaders like Nehru who were not religious and hence were able to redeem India from the clutches of bigots who would have made it another theocratic nation like the rival Pakistan. 

Mediocrity insists on making people like their enemies.  Hence the sublime vision of people like Nehru was doomed to fail in the normal course of time.  The Congress party itself betrayed Nehru’s concept of secularism which gave equal respect to all religions.  The ideal would have been to delink religion from the state altogether.  But that ideal is not practical.  Even in western countries where that ideal is upheld constitutionally, the actual practice is quite something else simply because majority of people are mediocre and they have to clutch their idols wherever they are. 

The Congress party chose to appease certain religious communities merely for the sake of creating vote banks.  The paucity of the Congress imagination cost the country much.  It alienated the majority, an absurd thing to happen given the fact that the majority in India is a substantially huge population.  Yet that absurdity reigned supreme in the country.  Eventually that absurdity metamorphosed into a monster, the monster of communalism. 

When the majority of a country’s people choose to clutch idols instead of obvious human values and moral principles, the country is headed for disaster.  The magnitude of the disaster will be Himalayan when the leaders lack any vision except using the idols as weapons for establishing political power. 

Religion has not saved any country from any evil so far.  On the contrary, theocratic nations have proved to be much more inhuman than others.  Secularism in its ideal form may be impractical simply because most people are mediocre and mediocrity cannot survive without its idols.  But we can have a practical version of secularism: keep god to where he belongs and build up a strong legal system (Uniform Civil Code?) for managing actual social life in the country.  This is what Nehru and others wanted.  The tragedy is that India did not have leaders of their intellectual stature.  It is the leader who ultimately defines a nation.  So we need not be surprised if India has now become a nation of cows and cowards or cowherds. 

PS. Written for Indispire Edition 177: #SecularIndia

Comments

  1. Glad to know that you endorse UCC. Although the party in power has a hidden agenda for implementing it, but a uniform code of conduct would force people to oblige secularism even if they are bigots from within.

    What is troublesome, although is when people are coerced to do something they do not believe in practice because of their divergent faith they become frustrated from within. Atheism do not even an iota in their dreams would be frustrated but the theists?

    Religion kills individuality of the mass, kills critical thinking.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The party in power has only hidden agenda. It can admire Hitler and Israel at the same time. It can threaten China with war while its leader can praise their leader at BRICS meeting.

      Religion flourishes precisely because people don't want to think. Gods are ready-made answers for all problems, panacea for all evils.

      Delete
  2. you have diagnosed the disease correctly. Basically it is the vote bank politics and people falling to see the vicious agenda of these leaders that is posing threat to the secular structure of the nation.
    You have also rightly pointed out that theocratic nations become inhuman.
    However, still among Asian counties India has the best form of secularism. I hope we the people will continue to recognize and rise above the vicious agenda of the forces trying to destabilize the secular nature of India.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. India HAD the best form of secularism. Not any more. India is becoming another Pakistan. Hindutva is the brother of Taliban.

      Delete
  3. Other than the politics and hidden agendas, there is something more to it which I find more alarming...the agenda of propagating the opinion of a select (and highly biased) few as opinion of the masses. Do I also adopt the same rowdy ways to prove that I do not support the idea. Wouldnt that be the other extreme? It is baffling to see religion being twisted into something so trivial and harmful.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Your agony in this regard is the same agony I experience. The distortions are alarming. They are perverting a whole nation and the nation is allowing it to happen!

      Delete
    2. You are absolutely correct Deepali. That's a real great danger enveloping this nation fast.

      Delete
  4. Did you notice what was on top of the "o"% tax on GST list ??

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

The Adventures of Toto as a comic strip

  'The Adventures of Toto' is an amusing story by Ruskin Bond. It is prescribed as a lesson in CBSE's English course for class 9. Maggie asked her students to do a project on some of the lessons and Femi George's work is what I would like to present here. Femi converted the story into a beautiful comic strip. Her work will speak for itself and let me present it below.  Femi George Student of Carmel Public School, Vazhakulam, Kerala Similar post: The Little Girl

ICICI and I

My association with the ICICI Bank goes back by about twenty years when I opened my account at their Saket branch in Delhi. The first thing that struck me about the bank was the suave and deferential ways of the staff which was a stark contrast to what I was used to in the other two banks which I was compelled to associate myself with. The Punjab National Bank which had my salary account was an utter disaster with its rude and listless staff. The State Bank of India which held my PPF account was the pinnacle of inefficiecy. ICICI came as a pleasant and welcome contrast. However, that bank too underwent an evolution in the wrong direction as time went. When the number of clients rose and the workload became heavy, the gentleness of the staff was the first casualty. Nevertheless, the bank remained far superior to the other two. When I shifted to Kerala I transferred my account to the branch in my hometown. Here the staff were exquisite. But I hardly had to visit the branch because I

The Little Girl

The Little Girl is a short story by Katherine Mansfield given in the class 9 English course of NCERT. Maggie gave an assignment to her students based on the story and one of her students, Athena Baby Sabu, presented a brilliant job. She converted the story into a delightful comic strip. Mansfield tells the story of Kezia who is the eponymous little girl. Kezia is scared of her father who wields a lot of control on the entire family. She is punished severely for an unwitting mistake which makes her even more scared of her father. Her grandmother is fond of her and is her emotional succour. The grandmother is away from home one day with Kezia's mother who is hospitalised. Kezia gets her usual nightmare and is terrified. There is no one at home to console her except her father from whom she does not expect any consolation. But the father rises to the occasion and lets the little girl sleep beside him that night. She rests her head on her father's chest and can feel his heart