Do you know that government has control only over Hindu temples? For India, secularism is a practical proposition. In free India, the Muslims have enjoyed full liberty in the matter of religion. Article 48, though a part of the directive principles, has now been elevated in public discourse to the level of a fundamental right. Posted Date: 13 Jun 2011 Updated: 13-Jun-2011 Category: Author: Member Level: Points: India is a secular nation. Public funds are equally distributed among all religions and not a single religion is provided with any amount of extra fund. However, this is only on paper.
The two cannot be separated. Woman flogged until she passed out for having sex out of wedlock Two men receive 83 lashes for gay sex in Indonesian province of Aceh Jailing of Jakarta governor Ahok puts focus back on Indonesian blasphemy laws Indonesian Buddhists caned under sharia for first time Seventy-Two Percent of Indonesian Muslims Favor Shariah Law: Pew Forum. Conclusion India is a great nation and has grown to be a super-power in every sense of the word. How the secular feel replaces the religion feel gradually in Britain colonial rule as secular democratic country has been explained. We have to teach the kids about our great culture, ancient sciences, ayurveda along with the modern Engineering and medical sciences. When a Muslim is lynched by cow vigilantes most Hindus are indifferent, and some are in fact inwardly happy.
See also Supporters of the Indian concept of secularism claim it respects. The mainstream media did not cover the incident till there was outrage on social media channels. A officer did not like to eat food with his peon. Caste still rules the roost at the time of elections. Partition was done on the basis of the two nation theory, that Hindus and Muslims are two separate nations. For example, a 1951 Religious and Charitable Endowment Indian law allows state governments to forcibly take over, own and operate Hindu temples, and collect revenue from offerings and redistribute that revenue to any non-temple purposes including maintenance of religious institutions opposed to the temple; Indian law also allows Islamic religious schools to receive partial financial support from state and central government of India, to offer religious indoctrination, if the school agrees that the student has an option to opt out from religious indoctrination if he or she so asks, and that the school will not discriminate any student based on religion, race or other grounds.
This, claims Sen, can be interpreted in at least two different ways: The first view argues the state be equidistant from all religions — refusing to take sides and having a neutral attitude towards them. I will tell you about the development of India in economics, politics, trade, industry, education and science, in defense and in agriculture fields and also tell how our country ushering into the twenty first century More articles:. Anwar: I agree to your point. Cost of labour is a big chunk of the total cost of production, and so if the cost of labour is less the cost of production is less, and if the cost of production is less one can sell his product at a cheaper price than his rival. In a Hindu-dominated nation, what is wrong if pro-Hindu group speaks pro-Hindu issues. Muslims, though a 31 percent minority, have been Presidents of Indian Republic.
Protection of cattle was also seen an economic necessity during those times. India, Israel, Europe, and many more. This needs to be explained. Despite it being offcially allowed, secularism is an idea, not a rule. Facts related to the topic · India is the largest democracy in the world, with a population of over 1. Pakistan's constitution provides that the head of the state must be a Muslim. Too much to ask for? This statement again is naive and shows that the General, like most others, has little understanding of the historical British swindle called Partition of 1947.
These instances of hatred and inter-communal clashes are precursor to the feeling of mistrust and division among the people Image: pixabay Sam: I do understand that there will always be differences given that there is so much variety in terms of the people and their life-styles and cultures, but differences can be seen everywhere, in a family, in a society, a community, you name it. What one needs to remember is that most of the undesirable things that are happening in our country in the name of religion are politically engineered,not religiously inspired. If reforms in Muslim personal law had been pursued, the social and religious ethos of the country would have undergone significant changes by now. While the French concept demands absence of governmental institutions in religion, as well as absence of religion in governmental institutions and schools; the Indian concept, in contrast, provides financial support to religious schools and accepts religious law over governmental institutions. In that case, our relations with Muslim unifies like Iran, Saudi Arabia, U. People of other religions are often regarded as devilish and enemies.
These differences have led a number of scholars to declare that India is not a secular state, as the word is widely understood in the West and elsewhere; rather it is a strategy for political goals in a nation with a complex history, and one that achieves the opposite of its stated intentions. Or even the rape of some sisters in Gujarat, their fault being the spreading of the word of their God. Today, the biggest challenge to the Indian nation is coming from forces claiming to represent the mainstream majority. But is India truly a secular country? It is equally, if not more, important that we are a secular society, a secular nation. When a Muslim is lynched by cow vigilantes most Hindus are indifferent, and some are in fact inwardly happy.
Until the advent of television in the 1980s, All India Radio was the main source of information and entertainment to middle classes. The reality is, however, quite disappointing. The first sentence of Preamble mention the 'secular' nature of Indian State. The state in its governmental capacity does not promote any religion or religious group, nor does it intervene in religious affairs. Cow may be sacred to the upper castes, but not so to the Christians, Dalits, and Muslims. In matters of law in modern India, however, the applicable code of law is unequal, and India's personal laws - on matters such as marriage, divorce, inheritance, alimony - varies with an individual's religion.
There is an emergence of extremist voices that claim to speak for Hindus and they are laying down demands that threaten the very idea of a secular India. This strength of the Hindu religion is now viewed as a weakness. Now Indian labour is cheaper than even Chinese labour. Only solution to avoid religious conflict and vote manipulation is adoption of true secularism. What can we do to be truly secular? There was considerable opposition to this article in the Constituent Assembly.
Most importantly, such a ban is not in keeping with secularism. But here, all these groups are outrightly been blamed as communal and all the so called 'secular' parties as the real messiah of minority. India should aim to get there over time and become the model state for the rest of world to emulate. The Supreme Court had observed in the Bommai case that if religion is not separated from politics, the religion of the ruling party tends to become the state religion. But, the way to get there is surely not to discriminate between its citizens on the basis of religion. The ground reality is very different.