A thought processed : HARIOM SABHARWAL
We talk of India being an universal tolerant country.We call India profane.The constitution of India stipulates it to be secular.
From the outlook and as laid on papers, we are surely secular but are we actually the secular ?
Today I see issues everyday in newspapers, on TV, while scrolling through tweets which only makes me believe that secularism is just left in papers.
Taking Hindu-Muslim issues as mainstream to what I want to sway out , I see the issues soaring up day by day.
May it be related to Ram Mandir and Babri mosque or Beef ban or even the most recent issue which seems to be spreading out like forest fire on social media and many national channels. Which is about the tweet by a renowned singer Sonu Nigam who tweeted that hearing morning Azaanz is ‘ forced religiosness and spoke against loudspeakers and as he later mentioned he was talking about loudspeakers used by all religions mostly to say out prayers.
If today a Hindu can’t stand a 3 minute Azaan of a Muslim and a Muslim is inimical to various ‘jagratas and bhajans’ of Hindus then what actually is humiliated in the process is the secularism of India.
If today beef gets banned and prohibited just beacuse a religion proscribes it Is injustice to secularism in India.
If today a Hindu is ready to kill a muslim and a muslim wants to execute a Hindu over a petty issue like whose shrine to be built on the land then shame rolls on my mind to call our India as a secular country.
The old saying “united we stand, divided we fall” seems to have been forgotten. The disputed issues rise and inspite of solving the issues various politicians and to my surprise even the media houses and channels debate over, often take sides and favour or prejudice towards a community which leads to intrication of the issue.
People who actually play a vital role in carving the mind set of people usually politicians and media just collect vote banks or are simply concerned about their TRPs. They forget that they carry a power to actually solve an issue and show people the right direction.
The secularism needs to be resided in hearts and minds of people and once it is, it won’t matter if constitution mentions India to be secular or not.