As a citizen of India, I am terribly agitated. Before we move ahead The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) should also have a cell to certify each and every individual whether he or she secular or not, and this to be inculcated in the Smart Card date. Sitaram Yechuri, Digvijay Singh or Sharad Yadav can be appointed as the head of the cell. Applicants have to fill in a small questionnaire referred below, based on which the certificates can be issued.
- Temple of Ram at Ayodhya – Yes / No
This is simple.
- The thought about a Common Civil Code – Yes / No
The idea that there could be one law governing all citizens of the country is sure to divide the people. The chapter on directive principles of the Constitution which commands the state to endeavor to bring about a common civil code should not be taken seriously. At best the directive principles are a joke and at worst a fraud. To be secular one should insist on different laws for different communities and hence the idea of a common civil code should be scrapped in favor of a communal civil code.
- Article 370 of the Constitution to be abolished – Yes / No
A secular person should be able to appreciate the argument that continuing the special status given to one state and treating it differently from all other states is the best way of ensuring the unity of the country. The very fact that the framers of the Constitution termed Article 370 a temporary provision should be enough to confirm it as a permanent feature. Only a communalist would refuse to see the force of logic in the argument that since Kashmir is part of India it cannot be treated on par with other states.
- Hindutva!! A secular Idea? – May be / May be not
The highest court in the land might have held that Hindutva is a way of life and not a method of worship and ruled that it is not inconsistent with secularism. But the Indian secular agenda overrules the Supreme Court and holds the concept of Hindutva to be a doubtful idea.
- Justice for all, appeasement of none – Better / Worse
The secular platform condemns the slogan “justice for all, appeasement of none” as a betraying
attempt to deny equality to the minorities. Appeasement of a few and justice for none is a more secular program than justice for all and appeasement of none.
For Office Use only : Considered Secular / Non secular
The poorer Muslims are, the easier it is for parties like the SP/RJD/CONGRESS to bank their votes. Well read Muslims, the intellectuals and public figures rarely challenge such regressive politics. It is a pity intellectual, creative Muslims – in business, films and the arts – don’t speak up for real secularism. Their silence can be mistaken for complicity. Akhilesh Yadav’s decision to re-examine the cases of jailed Muslims charge-sheeted for terrorism is the latest example of how “secular” parties communalise society for narrow political ends.
The principal culprit: politicians who wrap their communal, divisive policies in the name of secularism. They promise Muslims job quotas and other sops but keep them buried in poverty. They always show them the wrong agenda and harm the cause of Muslims while projecting as their protectors. The result: a community’s alienation from the mainstream and a sense of victimhood.
Islam in India is almost as old as Islam itself. The British replaced the decaying Mughal Empire and created new cleavages between India’s communities. Given this history, it is not difficult for chep political and religious leaders to whip up communal sentiment, where none would normally exist, to serve their narrow electoral ends.
Indian politicians have done a painful wrong to the cause of Muslims by treating them as votes rather than a minority needing education and empowerment. Liberal Muslims and Hindus must in one voice condemn political parties which preach secularism but practice communalism. They are the real threats to a plural, peaceful and prosperous India.
Hinduism is the world’s most evolved and tolerant religion. It is so open-ended that it is vulnerable to both internal and external abuse. But men of peace are sometimes taken for granted by those who mistake tolerance for weakness. And so it has been with Hinduism. Its civilizational character – tolerance, generosity and uncritical acceptance of other faiths – has allowed political parties to sell their brand of secularism to enough liberal Hindus and paranoid Muslims to win elections.
However, this trend is rapidly changing as Muslims gain education and lose their false sense of paranoia. Reality meanwhile will dawn on all liberals that they have been dealt a counterfeit hand by secular poseurs.
This can’t continue forever. Those who believe in being Indian first, and everything else second, must take the lead to compress the time period in which modern secularism replaces the fraudulent, toxic variety we have today. So …….
Let me be loud : “Individual ambition, politics of minority-ism and perversion of secularism is killing India” !!