It has been a while since we have been debating on secularism.Unfortunately,nothing concrete has come out as of yet.We are entangled in minor issues like should we chant “Bharat Mata ki Jai” or “Jai hind”.I think people with vested interest on both sides are trying to fuel this irrelevant issue.But isn’t debates and discussions are the bedrocks of a healthy democracy?

No,it is not but stoking passion and anger towards those who do not agree with the certain views is a big problem.But the question is why such issues are so emotional?

I think this is because religion is intricately ingrained in culture(is a source of values).These values have deep roots in our mind and heart and any perceived threat to them create panic and fear.Hence, the retaliation to save them,be it barring entry of women in Shani Shingnapur temple,defending triple talaq,opposing uniform civil code and so on.

When we try to define values of a country,obviously there will be some reference to religion.This is where things get complicated.We are a multireligious country and any reference to one religion will invoke repulsion from others.Hence, when we say that Hinduism is a way of life and Indians live that way,Non-Hindus may not agree with it.Hence,secularism is such a complicated yet extremely important issue.

In such a scenario,we must see the constitution as our beacon when we talk about nation’s values.But the even constitution is a living document and has its own faults and limitations.Hence, comes the responsibility of the executives,legislators,judges,journalists,civil society members and the public at large to keep a constant check on their behaviour and make sure that they adhere to some undebatable universal values like peace,humanity,justice,fraternity.

Hence, comes the responsibility of the executives,legislators,judges,journalists,civil society members and the public at large to keep a constant check on their behaviour and make sure that they adhere to some undebatable universal values like peace,humanity,justice,fraternity.

The basic problem is that we mix religion with politics.Instead of debating them in Parliament,politicians keep on passing rhetoric to keep their vote banks intact without doing anything worthwhile substantially.

Almost all problems regarding  secularism can be solved if we take an impartial view on religious matters.For example,Supreme Court once said that religious personal laws that do not adhere to human rights cannot be accepted.It is high time that we hold our leaders accountable and discuss more pertinent issues like poverty,unemployment,sustainable development,gender equality,corruption etc.

It is high time that we hold our leaders accountable and discuss more pertinent issues like poverty,unemployment,sustainable development,gender equality,corruption etc rather than secularism vs sickularism!!

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