Secular or secularism is one of most abused words of recent times. Rightwinger call secular as sickular while most opportunist do politics in name of secularism.
One corrupted party gets support from two other corrupted parties to remain on power in name of secularism. No matter how much scams they turn out , singular statement gets the job done and what is that statement?
“We are joining hands to keep communal forces out and we are appealing to all secular parties to come together”…PERIOD.
This is brahmastra of most parties who claimed to be secular. But are they secular?
Let us see one by one
1) Sanjay gandhi went on family planning drive and who were worst effected as religious community?…Muslims…secular congress’s super hero discriminating against muslims?…hmmm…
2) Rajiv gandhi showed his secularism in different way.
He made those infamous statement ‘when big tree falls earth shakes’. He is alleged to have not done enough to protect sikhs in delhi with his party’s key people like h k l bhagat , jagdish tytler , sajjan kumar being allegedly involved in sikh riots .
3000 sikhs were killed as per government version. Recently mass graves were found in harayana. As sikh body is usa rightly demanded that it was not riot it was genocide.
This is what tribune had to say about anti sikh riots :
Such wide-scale violence cannot take place without police help. Delhi Police, whose paramount duty was to upkeep law and order situation and protect innocent lives, gave full help to rioters who were in fact working under able guidance of sycophant leaders like jagdish tytler , h k l bhagat. It is a known fact that many jails, sub-jails and lock-ups were opened for three days and prisoners, for the most part hardened criminals, were provided fullest provisions, means and instruction to “teach the Sikhs a lesson”. But it will be wrong to say that Delhi Police did nothing, for it took full and keen action against Sikhs who tried to defend themselves. The Sikhs who opened fire to save their lives and property had to spend months dragging heels in courts after-wards.
-Jagmohan Singh Khurmi, The Tribune
Though we boast of being the world’s largest democracy and the Delhi being its national capital, the sheer mention of the incidents of 1984 anti-Sikh riots in general and the role played by Delhi Police and state machinery in particular makes our heads hang in shame in the eyes of the world polity. – Delhi Highcourt
This is what happened on day 1 of Rajiv Gandhi’s prime minister ship.
The same secular congress led by Rajiv gandhi altered supreme court judgement on shah bano case where an lady was done injustice by Rajiv gandhi and his government to appease hardliners in muslim community.
Seeing back lash from hindu community regarding interference to appease muslims , Shri Secular Rajiv gandhi opened doors of RAM MANDIR for hindus.
Was Rajiv gandhi and his congress secular or appeaser?. Unbiased historian would be best judge on it. As of now Rajiv gandhi is considered to be secular by most parties in the country.
3) Narshima Rao went hiding during babri demolition :
Childish argument and explanation doesnot change on ground reality. Any novice politician could have seen what was coming up with all the political build up. Narshima Rao was not novice. He was often dubbed as chanakya . Babri was gone and it gave opportunist congress to permanently use “secularism” to get away from their corrupt ways and threaten minorities (especially muslims) in name of bjp and rss.
4) Secular congress first allows government to file “No Proof that lord ram existed” then seeing back lash of hindu community with drawing .
5) “We will have to devise innovative plans to ensure that minorities, particularly the Muslim minority, are empowered to
share equitably the fruits of development. These must have the first claim on resources,”
6) Secular congress committed to bring reservations for muslims.
7) 60% of saris to be distributed under a government scheme would be bought from Muslims weavers – UP CM Akhilesh Yadav ..He too calls his party as seculr.
8) monthly honorarium and housing subsidy for imams in west bengal
Another 2000 words can be spent on writing about secular parties of India. Now let us first look at meaning of secularism .
George Jacob Holyoake , britisher writer is said to have invented the term secularism.Since he was in christian country he used term christianity instead of religion while expressing his idea called secularism.
Holyoake said “Secularism is not an argument against Christianity, it is one independent of it. It does not question the pretensions of Christianity; it advances others. Secularism does not say there is no light or guidance elsewhere, but maintains that there is light and guidance in secular truth, whose conditions and sanctions exist independently, and act forever. Secular knowledge is manifestly that kind of knowledge which is founded in this life, which relates to the conduct of this life, conduces to the welfare of this life, and is capable of being tested by the experience of this life.”
In political terms, secularism is a movement towards the separation of religion and government.This can refer to reducing ties between a government and a state religion, replacing laws based on scripture (such as the Torah and Sharia law) with civil laws, and eliminating discrimination on the basis of religion.
Now not discriminating on basis of religion applies to all religions including Hinduism. It is not business of secular country to give reservation and subsidies on basis of religion . Thats discrimination against other faiths and favoritism to one faith.
A secular government wont give subsidy to any based on religion. Secular person and government or party wont discriminate on basis of some one being muslim or hindu or parsi. It wont allow reservations to particular faith followers. Thats not secularism , it is appeasement.
A true secularist would understand data and would be concerned about economic , educational growth of minorities but true secularist would devise plans to make inclusive growth rather than favoring particular community.
True secularist’s heart would pain to see hindus getting burnt in godhra , muslims being slaughtered in gujarat , hindus too getting killed in gujarat riots , sikhs being killed in delhi & other parts of India in 1984 , tamils getting killed by buddist, bodos killing muslims in assam , muslims killing hindus in pakistan and bangladesh and among worst sufferers kashmiri pandits living in exile in their own country.
Appeaser would pick and choose. It would cry foul in gujarat riots but would not bring godhra episode , he would not stand for sikhs , he wont stand for kashmiri pandits , he wont stand for tamils , he wont give citizenship to pakistanis hindus , he wont cry for hindus being killed in bangladesh. Appeaser would appease any and every community whom he sees as tools for his success.
Appeaser would shy away from even standing for principal and wont call spade a spade. Appeaser would call terrorist osama bin laden as osamaji and would visit terror accused’s homes during elections.
Appeaser is not secularist , He is appeaser and appeasers are people responsile for making secularism , sickularism.