Can a party which is responsible for slaughter of minority community (sikhs) in 1984 be called secular?. can party which intervened in supreme court decision and used its majority to change the law and do injustice to sha bano be said to be secular?. Can party which opened gates of RAM MANDIR (While case was in court) be called secular?. Can party which doubts its own pm and home minister and doubts encounter which took life of brave police man in batla house case , be said to be secular?
Can sp be called secular whose leader supported simi or kicked out one of its party man just because he took interview of chief minister of gujarat?. Can Communist be called secular when they try to woo Muslim community by rallying for religion based reservation?
What is actually secularism and how come we reached a point where bashing narendra modi became certificate of being secular?.
So truly secular party or government wont interfere in court decisions in cases like sha bano case , wont pitch for reservations based on religion. Yes as unbiased secular government , it would surely be concerned of development of all communities and would find ways to include everyone in growth but wont pass laws based on religious identity of its masses.
Being secular would mean not tagging groups and acting based on constitution without worrying about vote banks. If some maulana says something which can trigger communal violence , he needs to be nailed and so has to be any sadhu who does similar things.
Being secular would mean not using religion in political statements like indirect threats as seen by so called secular parties to minorities (vote for us or RSS would ..) , neither using name of LORD RAM to gain votes.
BJP is accused of being communal parties but accused by whom?. By party which uses religion itself to get votes?. By people whose secular credentials come from bashing narendra modi while giving promoting jagdish tylers?. By people who fear to call osama bin laden a terrorist?. By people who try to defend simi and by doing so insult muslims , themselves?.
We need nation wide debate of secularism and election commissioner must ban all political party people from contesting who use religion to get votes in name of communalism or secularism.
Indira gandhi added word secular in our constitution. I wonder whether we needed addition at first place. India is one of oldest continuous civilizations and barring few instances like aurangzeb who betrayed secular ethos of India by imposing sharia in india , we have had more or less best conducive and secular environment in India where kings treated its citizens fairly and his decision where hardly influenced by religion.
If Kings , queens would have been like present day rulers , well communal riots would have been order of the day in ancient India which is home to major religions since long.
Let us look when did Christianity come to India…any guesses?. It came along with st thomas (one of 12 disciples of jesus christ). Jews came around 562 B.C. , Islam came in life time of muhammad. Buddhism ,jainism are faiths which rejected vedas and prospered .Imagine quran being rejected in saudi and still that faith can prosper..Possible?…doesnot look like even today forget in 8th or 9th century…Sikhism came much later and grew .Ahamadis too can practice their faith freely unlike in muslim countries like pakistan.
Point is that INDIA is tolerant country not since last 60 yrs , it has been since 5000 years and secular ethos are part of soul of India , we dont need to woo minorities to prove that or bash modi to prove that. We can pray to lord ram and still be secular , we can be atheist and still be secular.
In current times secularism is most abused word in Indian politics. Word has a world associated with it and in narrow prism of current politics , secularism has reduced to appeasing minorities . It is sad that such a vast and important way of thinking is reduced and used so cheaply..